Storm Water Management
The Storm Water Management Department is responsible for storm water system planning and for review of storm water development plans for compliance with local, state and United States Federal Environment Protection Agency (EPA) requirements. Each year storm water projects and programs are identified in the city's annual budget to maintain and improve the city's existing drainage systems.
The duties of the department include repairing or replacing damaged drainage structures, maintaining and cleaning catch basins and storm water sewers, and improve the Water Quality of Storm Water Runoff to improve drainage in flood prone areas.
TO REPORT STORM WATER POLLUTION PLEASE CALL (615) 384-2746.
Best Management Practices
Many drainage problems are of a localized nature, involving the drainage of only a few residences. However, due to a growing number of citizen complaints the city developed Best Management Practices (BMPs) for commercial and industrial development. The minimum standards for controlling erosion and sedimentation from land disturbance activities are set forth in the latest version of the Tennessee Erosion and Sediment Control Handbook, developed, and amended from time to time by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC). It provides guidance in selecting BMPS and to meet requirements in the City of Springfield NPDES Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Phase II permit issued by TDEC and the city’s storm water ordinance.
The best management practices shall meet the requirements and standards of the latest Tennessee Construction Permit and shall include:
- For common drainage locations that serve an area with 10 or more acres disturbed at one time, a temporary (or permanent) sediment basin that provides storage for a calculated volume of storm water runoff from a 2-year, 24-hour storm from each acre drained, until final stabilization of the site; and
- Management practices and controls to prevent waste, including discarded building materials, concrete wash out, asphaltic concrete mix, chemicals, litter and sanitary waste from entering the storm drainage system and waters of the state.