Friday, November 17, 2017
The Street Department will be collecting leaves the week of Thanksgiving, beginning Monday, Nov. 20. The crews will drive around the city collecting leaves. For those who were not able to rake their leaves to the curb this coming week, the street department will continue onto its full-on leaf... more
Friday, November 17, 2017
Goshen residents will find copies of the Fall/Winter MapleCityNow in their mailbox over the next few days. Residents can also find extra copies at the Goshen Chamber of Commerce, LaCasa, Inc. and City offices. This season's newsletter features information about the City's new Cremation Center, updates... more
Thursday, November 9, 2017
The City of Goshen offices will be closed Friday, Nov. 10 in observation of Veteran's Day. more
(Above picture: A neighborhood storm drain with leaves in it during the fall. Please keep storm drains clear of fallen leaves over the next months to help prevent standing water issues on City streets. Thank you.) 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.
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.
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.
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.
For additional stormwater and water quality related news visit the Stormwater News Archive.
November 2017: In this month’s Newsletter is a Thank You for all of the work City Employees do to prevent stormwater pollution during municipal activities. In turn, you as residents of the City of Goshen have done some of these same things and for that, the Stormwater Department extends its appreciation and thanks as well. On the second page you can read about how Thanksgiving and Stormwater are connected and what to do to prevent issues with F.O.G. during this Holiday Season.
October 2017: In this month's Newsletter, you can read about how trash and construction debris are two common stormwater pollutants from construction sites when they are not disposed of correctly. We also recognize the 45th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act and why it is important to protect our water resources.
To see past editions of the Stormwater Toolbox Newsletter click here.