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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Note: A previous version of this story listed Third Street as SR 15. Main Street is SR 15 and US 33. We are sorry for the error. When there is a lull in the snow and freezing rain, the Street Department will be patching pot holes. If you know of a pothole in a city street, call the Street Department... more


Monday, January 8, 2018

  Stay up to date on your City utility bills by enrolling in the EZ Pay Program. By completing a simple application, residents can have their monthly water and sewer bill automatically deducted from their checking or savings account. To receive an application visit our website or pick one... more


Monday, January 8, 2018

Please help keep the city storm drains unclogged by monitoring them and cleaning them as needed. The large amounts of snow, sand and salt, coupled with fluctuating temperatures and  chances of rain this week could be a cause for clogged storm drains to overflow. By keeping an eye on those storm... more

Upcoming Events All »

RESCHEDULED TO 1/16 Board of Public Works & Safety & Stormwater

Monday, January 22, 2018, 2:00pm

Moved to Jan. 16 due to the holiday

Park Board meeting

Monday, January 22, 2018, 5:30pm

Shade Tree Board meeting

Monday, January 22, 2018, 7:00pm

Stormwater Management


Welcome to the Goshen Department of Stormwater Management

A neighborhood storm drain covered with freshly fallen snow.

(Above picture: A neighborhood storm drain covered with freshly fallen snow. Please keep storm drains clear of fallen leaves and ice 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.

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

  • Governors have begun giving their State of the State speeches and some are focusing on water infrastructure as a priority including Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb. (January 16, 2018)
  • See Deb Jimison, Elkhart County SWCD Conservationist, talk about rain barrels and explain how Elkhart County residents can take advantage of an incentive program and workshops to learn more about rain barrels. (January 16, 2018)
  • Salt Pollution in our nation's rivers and streams is increasing a new study released just this week says. The sources of this increasing salinity (saltiness) are salt use on winter roads for safety, fertilizers, mining waste, and the weathering of concrete, rocks, and soil. The increased salinity of our waterways poses risks to drinking-water and our nation's pipe infrastructure. The good thing is there are solutions as the people of the southwest can show us since the salinity of their waterways has decreased over time. (January 10, 2018)
  • Here are two excellent videos talking about farmlands and water quality and what can and is being done on these lands to protect water quality. Conservation practices like vegetated buffers and wetland preservation are extremely important to protect water quality. These practices can also be used in urban areas to protect water quality. We all have a part to play! (January 8, 2018) 
  • A study published in March 2017 described research on how stormwater ponds do not effectively remove road salts and other chemicals from stormwater runoff. Eventually, the salt and other chemicals reach surface water through the ground water. More research is needed! (January 4, 2018)
  • Pain-killers, medications, and illicit drugs are found in the Great Lakes ecosystem and can harm the fish and insects that call the water home. Please make sure to dispose of expired or unused drugs properly by dropping them off in the lobby of the Goshen Police Station or any other local police station. (January 4, 2018)
  • Come learn about rain barrels and build one at the same time on Saturday, February 3rd at the Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds. Rain barrels help to slow down stormwater runoff from your house and it is a great way to harvest free water from the sky for your flowers. Click here for more information and how to register; space is limited. (January 4, 2018)
  • Our Great Lakes hold ONE-FIFTH of the World's Freshwater and they are in trouble from polluted runoff from urban and agricultural areas, loss of wetlands, non-native plant and animal species are pushing out native plants and animal species. Click here to find out more about these issues and what is being done to protect the largest source of freshwater in the world. (January 4, 2018)
  • Paved driveways have so many benefits for our homes but they are a potential source for stormwater runoff to pick up pollutants. By taking a few steps you can minimize the impact your driveway has on stormwater. (December 15, 2017
  • The new stormwater detention basin on the south side of the intersection of Lincoln and Steury Avenues is almost complete even though it had to go through some mid-project changes. (December 13, 2017)

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

Stormwater Toolbox Newsletter

December 2017: This month's Newsletter is a Review of all that has happened in the world of stormwater both locally and globally in 2017 and a small Preview of what is to come in 2018. Additionally, we here at the Goshen Stormwater Department would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Peace to All.

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.

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 - Wednesday, February 14th at 1:00 pm at the Elkhart County Public Services Building (4230 Elkhart Road, Goshen, IN 46526) (PLEASE NOTE: The new date. The MS4 Advisory Board will now be meeting on the second Wednesday of every month.)
  • Partnership Stormwater Board Meeting - Monday, January 22nd at 9:00 am at the County Administration Building (117 N. Second Street, Goshen, IN 46526)