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WHAT’S THE BUZZ? MOSQUITO PREVENTION IS WORTHWHILE!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Spring and summer bring mosquitoes. “How many” depends on how wet the season is. The City will continue its program of placing larvicide in catch basins, which are potential breeding sites. It is one of the most cost-effective measures the City can take. The City has not sprayed for mosquitoes... more

Free tickets to Freedom Fest no longer available at City Hall

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The free tickets Mayor Jeremy Stutsman and City Council had secured to America’s Freedom Fest —a day-long event of airshows and fireworks Saturday, July 1, to celebrate Independence Day—have all been picked up at City Hall. There are no more free tickets available at this time. Information for purchasing... more

Pike Street/US 33 Northern Connector Project: Pike and Main streets to be closed until fall

Monday, June 26, 2017

On Tuesday, June 27, Rieth-Riley Construction will open the newly constructed section of Pike Street from the Elkhart River bridge to Second Street and close Pike Street between Second Street and Main Street. Third Street will remain open to through traffic. Access to businesses and residences will... more

Upcoming Events All »

America's Freedom Fest

Saturday, July 1, 2017, 8:00am

Celebrate Independence Day at the Goshen Municipal Airport with this day-long celebration. This event includes a runway run, a twilight airshow, and a fireworks display. SCHEDULE: 8 a.m. – 5k walk/run at runway, 3 p.m. – Main gates open, 5 p.m. – Pull a Bomber competition, 7 p.m. – Airshow, 10 p.m. – FREE - fireworks display

Board of Public Works & Safety & Stormwater

Monday, July 3, 2017, 2:00pm

INDEPENDENCE DAY

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

City offices will be closed on this day.

Education

The City of Goshen strives to improve water quality within the community. City staff are regularly trained about stormwater pollutants and how they can improve water quality through application of best management practices in municipal operations. City staff can only do so much on their own. To truly minimize our community’s impact on stormwater, City residents and businesses within the City must work together to protect our water resources.

Educational Resources

2016 Storm Drain Art Project 

The City of Goshen has selected 11 artists to create 9 beautiful works of art throughout downtown Goshen. These paintings will be created over the next number of weeks as weather allows and will stay in place as long as possible. If you are interested in learning more about this project click here.

The focus is to raise public awareness that storm drains need to be protected from pollutants that damage the waters that they flow into and to have some fun in the process. 

Brochures

Everyday activities in a community with 32,000 residents provide opportunities for stormwater education.  The Goshen Stormwater Department frequently receives calls and e-mails about people placing their grass clippings in the curb line, construction projects tracking soil into the street, and concerns about vehicles leaking oils and other fluids.  Stormwater staff responds to these complaints and in most cases provides education to help minimize the stormwater impact.  Educational resources used in these one-on-one site visits are:

Household Hazardous Waste

Leftover household products that contain corrosive, toxic or reactive ingredients are considered to be "household hazardous waste" (HHW). HHW includes products such as oil-based paints, cleaners, oils, Ni-Cad/Lithium batteries, unused or expired medications, pesticides, or other items that contain potentially hazardous ingredients. These products are safe to use when you follow the manufacturer's instructions, but they require special handling when you are ready to dispose of them. If disposed of improperly, these wastes can pollute the environment and they can pose a threat to human health. HHW should not be poured down the drain, on the ground, or into storm sewers.

For more information on how to properly dispose of HHW click here.

Rain Barrel and Rain Garden Incentive Program

Rain barrels and rain gardens are important stormwater training tools that allow residents to reuse stormwater to water their plants and reduce stormwater runoff into the community’s sanitary and storm sewers. To encourage the installation of rain barrels and rain gardens, the Greater Elkhart County Stormwater Partnership offers an incentive program where eligible homeowners can receive up to $250 towards the planting of native rain garden plants and/or $50 towards the construction of a rain barrel (maximum of two rain barrels per property). To be eligible to receive the reimbursement, participants must live in the Cities of Elkhart or Goshen, the Town of Bristol, or the unincorporated areas of Elkhart County and must attend a short evening class hosted by the Elkhart County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD). To obtain more information about this program, click here.

RedPost Stormwater Message

Beginning January 2017 you can check out the RedPost digital signs throughout Goshen for stormwater messages. RedPost Is a Goshen business that provides scrolling digital advertisements at various businesses throughout the city.  

May 15th to May 29th:

Stormwater Partnership Calendar

The Stormwater Partnership develops and publishes bi-annual stormwater calendars containing educational information on many different themes like watersheds, trees and stormwater, household hazardous waste and medication disposal, and many more. These calendars are distributed freely throughout the community and the Stormwater Partnership is looking for pictures for the 2018-2019 Calendar. We would love to use one of your pictures.

   

Stormwater News Archive

For information on past stormwater news articles check out the Stormwater News Archive.

Stormwater Toolbox Newsletter

If you are interested in learning more about stormwater and topics of concern make sure to check out the monthly Stormwater Toolbox Newsletter. The Stormwater Department is always interested in suggestions on topics or issues you might like to know more about and you can email Jason Kauffman with suggestions.

Stormwater Videos

The Greater Elkhart County Stormwater Partnership has joined with a number of other MS4 Communities throughout the State of Indiana to create a series of stormwater education videos. Click here to see the following videos:

  • Blue is the new Green
  • MS4 for Elected Officials: Why is Stormwater Quality Important for Your Community?
  • Proper Concrete Washout Procedures for Contractors
  • Proper Refueling - Keeping our Waterways Clean
  • Stormwater Pond Maintenance for Homeowners
  • Stormwater Quality: Inspection

Water Footprint Calculator

If you have ever wondered how much water you use daily the Water Footprint Calculator (English or Spanish) will help you estimate your total water usage both at home and virtually (e.g. in your food, the miles you drive in your car, etc.). The water our of the tap/faucet is just a tiny fraction of the water we use each day. "We have to think beyond just what's coming out of our tap and think of water as a kind of universal resource" - Peter Hanlon of the Grace Communications Foundation