The Surface Drainage program strives to balance flows of storm water with improving the cleanliness of the storm water run off discharged to the McKenzie and Willamette rivers. The surface drainage system includes cross country canals, roadside ditches, culverts, bridges, ponds, swales, wetlands and the Springfield Mill Race. The surface drainage system is comprised of the visible storm water system components. The underground components; pipes, catch basins and water quality manholes are part of the subsurface drainage program.
In addition to meeting current flow management obligations, the
City has completed several projects along the
Millrace and millpond area, including two
in partnership with the National Park Service;
identification of public interest and concerns regarding the millrace/millpond
system; and construction of a small park near the millrace outlet.
The Millrace waterway provides water for fire protection to
several industrial users along the Millrace, irrigation and storm water
conveyance. The Millrace system was donated to the
City in 1985 by Georgia-Pacific.
To report spills, illegal dumping and other serious problems, contact the
City of Springfield's:
Water Pollution Reporting Hotline at: (541) 726-3694.
The Subsurface Drainage program maintains and improves the City's 26 miles of storm pipeline,
6250 catch basins and 3024 manholes as major functions of the Subsurface
Drainage program. Maintenance activities include catch basin cleaning,
pipeline cleaning, and repairing manholes and pipes. This program also provides
information on design, inspection and construction of new storm drains for
capital improvement projects, planning, and mapping.
The goal of
Subsurface Drainage is to efficiently and effectively maintain the subsurface
storm water drainage system, to maximize the system capacity and minimize the
occurrence and extent of localized flooding and to improve the quality of urban
storm water runoff discharged to rivers. The City works with a variety of
volunteer groups on the Storm water Drainage Awareness Program (Fish
The City of Springfield took the lead in finding a solution to a
problem that faced all municipalities regarding the disposition of vactor waste
material removed from the subsurface drainage system. In a combined
effort of the City of Springfield, City of Eugene and Lane County, a storm water
waste facility was built. Each agency disposes of their catch basin debris at
this facility until well-drained. The dried material is then hauled off to the
stencil warnings "No Dumping - Drains to Streams" at catch
basins around the City to help educate the public.
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