Education Resources

Stormwater 101

Explaining Stormwater

Stormwater is the runoff from rainfall and snow melt. In undeveloped areas such as grasslands and forests, much of the rainfall and snow melt soaks into the ground. Vegetation helps to slow runoff.

In urban areas, buildings and other impervious surfaces such as parking lots do not allow water to soak into the ground resulting in both increased amounts of runoff and faster flow. Along the way, runoff can pick up pollutants such as fertilizers and pesticides from yards, motor oil from leaking cars, pet waste, and dirt from construction sites. This can cause downstream waterways to become polluted.

Stormwater System & Sewer System

The city's stormwater drainage system is separate from the sanitary sewer system (indoor sinks, toilets, etc). The sanitary sewer system drains to the city's two wastewater treatment plants while the stormwater system drains to area streams, rivers, and lakes.

Real-Time Data

Jordan Creek Data
Rain Gauge Network

Bat and Butterfly Habitat Tracker

The City of Springfield has taken the Mayors Monarch Pledge, which encourages the creation of Monarch Butterfly habitats where we live, work, and play. Every year, Monarchs fly over Springfield in their migration from Mexico to Canada, but the Monarch Butterfly population has decreased by 90% over the last 20 years. Bringing back milkweed helps bring back the Monarchs. Whether you have a milkweed butterfly garden or a bat house, tell us about how you are contributing to habitat conservation using our Habitat Tracker

What can I do?


  1. Adopt-A-Stream Brochure 2020
  2. Create a Rain Garden (PDF)
  3. Heart of the Tree Information Guide (PDF)
  4. Living with Land and Water in the Ozarks - A Landowners Guide to Streamside Living (PDF)
  5. Stormwater Guide (PDF)
  6. Watershed Address Map (Where does your runoff go?) (PDF)