Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) personnel has arrived in Elkhart County to inspect individual damage left by February’s record flooding. This group’s primary responsibility is to assess the damage done to individual homes. They are planning to stop at each home that has reported damage from... more
Monday, March 19, 2018
The Goshen Fire Department will test the tornado sirens Tuesday, March 20 at 10 a.m. and at 7 p.m. as part of the Statewide Tornado Drill. The annual Indiana Severe Weather and Flood Preparedness Week runs from March 18 through March 24 this year. As part of NWS efforts to build a Weather Ready Nation,... more
Monday, March 19, 2018
Kercher Road (CR 38) will have a moving lane restriction between the Norfolk Southern Marion railroad line and the Kercher bridge over the Elkhart River. The lane restriction is required for the placement of topsoil behind the new curb. The lane restriction begins today Monday, March 19 and will continue... more
(Above picture: Stormwater runoff from melting snow and a rainstorm flowing into a storm drain.) 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.
February 2018: This month's Newsletter points readers towards the thought that storm drains are the mouths of the Elkhart River and other local waterways. Additionally, it talks about what's in stormwater runoff and how you only had to look to the recent floodwaters to see the answer.
January 2018: This month's Newsletter explains the reason behind the Newsletter and points towards an upcoming Stormwater Quiz that will help determine the Stormwater Department's educational focus for 2018. Finally, it highlights the Stormwater Hunter of the Year: Maynard Hartsough.
To see past editions of the Stormwater Toolbox Newsletter click here.