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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

The northbound lane of the new US 33 Bridge opened to traffic late Tuesday morning, May 22, 2018. Rieth-Riley, the contractor working for the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) will continue working on the southbound lane, and will open it to traffic a few weeks later. Commuters travelling... more


Tuesday, May 22, 2018

On the week of May 29, a private contractor will pothole underneath the railroad tracks on College Avenue (CR 36), east of Lincolnway East to locate existing utilities for the development of the new Lippert plant. The contractor may need to close one lane on College Avenue near the railroad tracks.... more


Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Date: Monday, May 28, 2018 Place: Police and Courts Building, Goshen, IN to Oakridge Cemetery As a combined project, the Goshen VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars), American Legion and DAV (Disabled American Veterans) are again this year, putting together the Memorial Day Observance. The day's events... more

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Monday, May 28, 2018

Memorial Day ceremonies

Monday, May 28, 2018, 8:45am

8:45 a.m. ceremony at Rogers Park 9 a.m. ceremony at Elkhart County courthouse 10:15 a.m. parade kicks off at GPD 11 a.m. ceremony at Oakridge Cemetery

Shade Tree Board meeting

Monday, May 28, 2018, 7:00pm

Stormwater Management


Welcome to the Goshen Department of Stormwater Management

Stormwater runoff from a rainstorm running into a storm drain.

(Above picture:  Stormwater runoff from 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.

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 into 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

  • Trash! It is a topic on many peoples' minds right now because it has become an issue along our roadsides, in our neighborhoods, and at our places of work. It has become such an issue of concern that local officials are talking about ways to reduce the problem. Additionally, INDOT maintenance crews picked up 2,857 bags of trash on April 13th in a statewide clean-up effort along State Roads. Please don't litter and if you see trash lying around pick it up. Your local waterways and community thank you. (May 2, 2018) 
  • The Cuyahoga River in Cleveland, Ohio, is once again under the microscope as are a number of other rivers throughout the Great Lakes Watershed. This is because they continue to carry harmful pollutants (e.g. trash, medications, fertilizers, nutrients, and sediment) and this time it is harming aquatic wildlife like fish. (April 12, 2018)
  • IMPORTANT! The MS4 Advisory Board meeting scheduled for this Wednesday, April 11, has been canceled. The next MS4 Advisory Board Meeting will be held on May 2nd at the Elkhart County Public Service Building. (April 9, 2018)
  • Do you recognize this picture? 
    This is a picture of the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland on fire, but it was not the only river in the United States to burn. Find out more about the recovery of another river that only a few decades ago burned and had flames reaching 50 feet into the air. A new film shows the recovery of the Rouge River near Detroit from when it burned to present day conditions where lake sturgeon now live. (April 9, 2018)
  • Approximately 42,000 gallons of diesel fuel spilled into a southwest Indiana creek near Solitude, Indiana. Cleanup efforts are underway and the environmental impact is unknown at this time. (March 30, 2018)
  • Sediment is the number one pollutant by volume in our waterways today and one way we can stop sediment from entering our waterways is to keep bare soil covered with plants or mulch. Whether you live on a farm or in a city or town you can be part of the solution. (March 28, 2018)
  • Today is World Water Day and this year's theme is "Nature for Water." Water is necessary for all aspects of life and when the water we rely upon becomes polluted or scarce daily life becomes harder. We can work together with nature to reduce the impacts of floods, droughts, and water pollution! (March 22, 2018)
  • Was the Indiana flood of 2018 one for the record books? Here in Goshen the Elkhart River crested at 12.49 feet, which was 0.55 feet higher than the previous worst flood that occurred back on March 14, 1982, so from a flooding standpoint yes it was the worst flood in recorded history but before records were kept there may have been worse floods (March 13, 2018)
  • The US EPA has released an action plan on how to stop algal blooms from jeopardizing Lake Erie's drinking water, fishing, and tourism. The goal is to reduce the amount of phosphorous running into Lake Erie by 40 percent. Click here to read more about the plan. (March 13, 2018)
  • Chicago, Illinois, has a greenprint, which has helped the City save $6.4 billion per year in flood reduction, water purification, and carbon sequestration. This shows how important it is to consider natural resources when developing. They are now updating it along with Chicago's regional comprehensive plan. (March 12, 2018)

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

Stormwater Toolbox Newsletter

April 2018: In this month's Newsletter you can read about steps to take if you or your employees work outside. These same steps can be followed where you live as well. Additionally, this month's Newsletter touches on one of the more visible stormwater pollutants: Trash. Find out some quick ways you can help to keep our local community clean by picking up any trash you see.

March 2018: In this month's Newsletter, the Goshen Stormwater Department is requesting your help on where our educational efforts should be focused this year. Please take our Survey and leave some feedback while you are there. Additionally, you can learn a bit more about February’s historic flood event and how to help slow down stormwater runoff during future rain events. 

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, May 2 at 1:00 pm at the Elkhart County Public Services Building (4230 Elkhart Road, Goshen, IN 46526) (PLEASE NOTE: This is a week earlier than normal.)
  • Partnership Stormwater Board Meeting - Monday, May 21, at 9:00 am at the County Administration Building (117 N. Second Street, Goshen, IN 46526) (PLEASE NOTE: This is a week earlier than normal.)