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Friday, September 22, 2017

Brush collection will begin Monday, September 25. Please place all leaves and brush at the curb but not in the street, so as to not cause a road hazard or hinder water drainage. Brush piles placed in alleyways will not be picked up. Do not place piles around fire hydrants, mailboxes or telephone... more


Friday, September 22, 2017

Contractor Walsh & Kelly will be working on Plymouth Avenue, from Indiana Avenue to the east completing punch list items from the project completed in 2016. Flaggers will control traffic during the lane restrictions. Work will begin Monday, Sept. 25 through Friday, Sept. 29 from 8:30 a.m.... more


Thursday, September 21, 2017

Goshen City Cemeteries is pleased to announce an open house for the new Violett Cemetery Cremation Garden on Friday, Sept. 29, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. During that time a staff member will be on hand to answer questions about the garden for members of the public. The cremation garden, built over... more

Upcoming Events All »

Board of Public Works & Safety & Stormwater

Monday, September 25, 2017, 2:00pm

Shade Tree Board meeting

Monday, September 25, 2017, 7:00pm

Goshen Housing Authority Board meeting

Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 7:00am

Stormwater Management


Welcome to the Goshen Department of Stormwater Management

A neighborhood storm drain and litter that has been washed to it.

(Above picture: A neighborhood storm drain and litter that has been washed to it. during a storm.) The Department of Stormwater Management is part of the Goshen Engineering Department and is located at 204 East Jefferson Street, Goshen, Indiana, which used to be the old Goshen High School.

The Goshen Department of Stormwater Management works daily to prevent polluted stormwater runoff from impacting our natural water resources by working closely with a variety of other public and private partners within the City of Goshen, Elkhart County, and the State of Indiana.

The goal for the management of stormwater is "Clean Water for Everyone". In order to get there, the Department of Stormwater Management provides education and opportunities for the public to be involved, identifies and addresses illicit discharges to the storm sewer system or our local waterways, monitors construction sites and newly developed areas for stormwater compliance, and makes sure the City conducts operations and maintains its facilities in a manner that does not introduce pollution into our own local waterways.

What is Stormwater?

Stormwater is water from snow and ice melting, as well as rainwater from storms. When rain or melting snow and ice fall or flow across natural surfaces like forests and grassy areas, most of it will soak into the soil. When it lands on streets, parking lots, and other hard surfaces, it runs off to another location like a storm drain or a local waterway.

What is Stormwater Pollution?

As stormwater flows (or snow melts), it picks up debris (such as trash, grass clippings, etc.), chemicals (such as fertilizers and pesticides), sediment, and other pollutants. This "contaminated" water then enters a storm sewer system and is eventually discharged to a local wetland, stream, or river.

Why is Stormwater Pollution a Concern? 

Within the City of Goshen and other urban areas, stormwater runoff comes from yards, roofs, driveways, parking lots, construction sites, and streets (these are all called hard surfaces except for yards), and flows into miles of storm sewers, swales, and ditches located under or next to our City streets and eventually reaches our local waterways. Stormwater picks up oil, grease, sediments, automotive fluids, trash, lawn chemicals, and other pollutants that are harmful to the environment and is often discharged/released to our local waterways untreated. Untreated stormwater affects our ability to use our local water bodies for drinking, fishing, and recreational purposes and it degrades fish and other aquatic habitats. The only way to lessen stormwater pollution is to reduce the amount of pollutants washed away by stormwater.

For more information on the origins of the Department of Stormwater Management and the Staff, click here.

Recent Stormwater News

  • An accidental release of milk to the Cicero Creek in Tipton, IN, turned the creek white. State environmental officials indicated the release of the milk was not dangerous but it is considered an illicit discharge. An environmental cleanup company removed approximately 14,000 gallons of water and milk from the creek to cleanup the spill. (September 15, 2017) 
  • The development and paving over of wetlands and prairies around Huston, Texas, made the Hurricane Harvey disaster worse. Since the 1950's nearly 88 square miles of wetlands have disappeared. In comparison, the St. Joseph River Watershed (4,685 square miles) has lost approximately 53 percent of its pre-settlement wetlands. (August 31, 2017)
  • Microfibers continue to be an issue is our waterways and now research shows that microfibers not only come from wastewater treatment discharge but also from the air itself where it is transported to waterways through stormwater runoff. Be aware. Be informed. (August 30, 2017)
  • The last week has brought heavy rains and the resulting flooding conditions to the mainstream news because of Hurricane Harvey in southeast Texas and the monsoon rains in India, Nepal, and Bangladesh. Both regions have received large amounts of rain, which have resulted in deadly conditions which were made worse by all of the hard surface areas (pavement, roof tops, etc.) of major cities and the lack of pervious areas (grass, wetlands, etc.) to allow the water to soak in. The management of stormwater runoff and the maintenance of storm sewer systems is very important and will only become more important in our urban and rural areas as weather patterns continue to change. (August 30, 2017)
  • An exhaustive global analysis of rainfall and rivers shows flooding in cities/urban areas is increasing while the countryside/non-urban areas have soils that are much drier. This research is based on real data and is showing a real-world effect of changing climate on our world. (August 19, 2017)
  • Climate change may be natural or human caused but the data speaks for itself and recent research points to an increase in precipitation and an increase in intense rainfall for the Great Lakes area, which can lead to more stormwater runoff and negatively impact water quality in our waterways. (August 15, 2017)
  • Ever wonder why water keeps coming into your basement or if you live in an area that could experience flooding? If you have (or even if you haven't) here is a great resource to see if your home could flood and how you can reduce that risk: My RainReady (August 14, 2017)
  • The year's Dead Zone in the Gulf of Mexico is the largest ever recorded at a whopping 8,776 square miles (about the size of New Jersey). A dead zone is an area of water with extremely low oxygen that can kill fish and other aquatic wildlife. (August 7, 2017)
  • Voluntary steps to reduce nutrient pollution to Lake Erie and the Gulf of Mexico are not working and algae blooms and dead zones continue to be an issue. Nutrient pollution issues have been reduced in the Chesapeake Bay since mandatory steps were implemented. Is it time for mandatory steps in Lake Erie and the Gulf of Mexico watersheds? Read more here. (August 2, 2017)
  • A new statewide poll shows Hoosiers are more concerned about protecting the environment than lowering taxes. (July 28, 2017)‚Äč

For additional stormwater and water quality related news visit the Stormwater News Archive.

Stormwater Toolbox Newsletter

August 2017: Check out this month's Newsletter for information on the 7 steps to take when responding to a spill and why Litter/Trash is a present day "Tragedy of the Commons" and what you can do to make sure litter/trash do not reach our local waterways.

July 2017: Everyone has a part to play in keeping our local waterways clean. Check out this month's Newsletter to see how Goshen employees play a vital role in the Stormwater Pollution Prevention Teams at each municipal facility and to read about a clean-up day along Rock Run Creek held by a local non-profit group called The Rains.

To see past editions of the Stormwater Toolbox Newsletter click here.

Upcoming Meeting Dates

  • Goshen Stormwater Board - Every Monday at 2:00 pm in the Police/Courts Building (111 East Jefferson Street)
  • MS4 Advisory Board - Tuesday, September 19th at 1:00 pm at the Elkhart County Public Services Building (4230 Elkhart Road, Goshen, IN 46526)
  • Partnership Stormwater Board Meeting - Monday, September 25th at 9:00 am at the County Administration Building (117 N. Second Street, Goshen, IN 46526)