Unified efforts keep environment clean, healthy

Water and air quality remain strong in the Springfield area. Sustaining that success, however, demands substantial investment and commitment in the years ahead.

Springfield’s natural environment boasts a number of features for residents and visitors: Clear streams, lakes, and rivers offering several species of game fish; healthy forests; distinctive prairies, glades, and wetlands; hiking, biking, and walking. The area offers some of the nation’s best fishing, cleanest air, most beautiful karst features — unusual caves, mysterious sinkholes, rock outcroppings — rugged but fragile icons of Ozarks living.

Citizen volunteer groups, businesses, institutions, government agencies and quasi-government organizations work together to preserve, protect, educate and foster awareness and enjoyment of our outdoors, balancing these efforts against the reality of a community struggling with poverty, expensive infrastructure needs, and limited human and economic resources.


Innovative integrated planning
Water and air quality
An expanding trail and greenways system
Education and protection efforts

Uncertainty of regulation, agency support
Stormwater management funding
Drinking-water supply

The following indicators have been identified as instrumental to the Red Flags and Blue Ribbons listed in this section of the 2017 Community Focus Report. Click on an indicator to learn more about the topic.

Drought Severity


Air Quality – Particulate Matter 2.5


Drinking Water Safety

Map of Drinking Water Safety in Greene County, MO

Air Toxics Exposure

Air Toxics Exposure in Greene County, MO

Air Quality – Ozone


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