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ALTERNATE ROUTES TO THE FAIR

Friday, July 21, 2017

NOTE: This is an excerpt from the Elkhart County 4-H Fair blog Elkhart County 4-H Fair fans can relax and breathe easier. There are still plenty of ways to the fairgrounds this year even with the variety of road improvement projects in Goshen. And the new South Gate entrance route, completed... more

UPDATE ON MICRO-SURFACING PROJECT

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Due to today’s rain, the schedule will be backed up one day. What should have been done today will be completed tomorrow Friday, July 21. Streets to be completed Friday will be done on Monday and Monday’s streets will be completed on Tuesday. Click here to see the full micro-surfacing schedule. more

BOIL ORDER: KERCHER AND VIOLETTE ROADS

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

A boil order will be issued for Kercher and Violette roads Thursday, July 20, 2017. The Indiana Department of Environmental Management requires the Water Utility to issue a boil water order for the affected area. Once two consecutive water samples have been taken 24 hours apart and analyzed for... more

Upcoming Events All »

Board of Public Works & Safety & Stormwater

Monday, July 24, 2017, 2:00pm

Shade Tree Board meeting

Monday, July 24, 2017, 7:00pm

Goshen Housing Authority Board meeting

Tuesday, July 25, 2017, 7:00am

Stormwater Management

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The Color of Runoff - The Muddy Waters of Rock Run Creek After a Heavy Rain

Welcome to the Goshen Department of Stormwater Management

Over time trash, grass clippings, and sediment can accumulate around a storm drain inlet and cause drainage issues.

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

  • Hot, summer weather and cool streams, rivers, and lakes go hand in hand but please be careful of blue-green algae because it can cause rashes, sickness, and even death. Stormwater runoff can contain nutrient pollution, which leads to an increase in the amount of algae growing in our waterways. Click here for more information. (June 20, 2017)
  • Model My Watershed is a tool that allows a user to analyze data, model storms, and compare conservation and development scenarios in a watershed. It is free and can be used to see how a rain garden or a new parking lot will impact runoff and how water soaks into the soil. (May 23, 2017)
  • A 2016 USGS study showed the timely removal of leaf piles in the fall from urban streets can reduce harmful levels of phosphorus in stormwater runoff. (May 18, 2017)
  • Microplastics are an every water problem and it isn't just microbeads. Check out this article to find out more about the issue, how it has made its way into the aquatic food chain, and what you can do about it. (May 17, 2017)
  • South Bend looks to reduce combined sewer overflows to the St. Joe River by installing green infrastructure practices. (May 9, 2017)
  • Green infrastructure (rain gardens, pervious pavement, trees, etc.) can reduce combined sewer overflows by slowing down stormwater and soaking it up. Evansville, IN, and a number of other cities are doing just that and saving millions of dollars in the process. (April 25, 2017)
  • To protect the Great Lakes we need to watch how much fertilizer and pesticides we add to our lawns. If the fertilizers or pesticides do not have time to soak in or dry up before it rains they will be washed into the nearest storm drain or waterbody. (April 21, 2017)
  • Dispose of your medications properly to prevent them from entering our local waterways. Wastewater treatment plants are not able to remove medications before the water is released to the river. This is a global issue that is not very well understood and is being studied in the Hudson River. (April 17, 2017)
  • In the Great Lakes area where we live we have wonderful ground water sources but out west that is not always the case. No matter what city or town you live in though the large amounts of hard surface (pavement, rooftops, etc.) cause large amounts of stormwater to runoff into our local waterways. Thus, it is important to find ways to let more stormwater soak into the ground instead of pushing it downstream. Check out this article from L.A. for more information. (April 14, 2017)
  • The University of Minnesota released a study suggests that household fertilizer use and pet waste are the major sources of nutrients polluting the lakes, streams, and rivers around the Twin Cities in Minnesota. (April 13, 2017)

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

Stormwater Toolbox Newsletter

June 2017: Check out this month's Newsletter to learn how the City of Goshen uses secondary containment measures at City facilities to prevent stormwater pollution. You can also find out more about why fireworks, even though they are beautiful, can harm the water quality of our waterways.

May 2017: Sediment is a major pollutant in our waterways worldwide and we must do all we can to prevent it from getting there. One way to do this is to put inlet protection measures on storm drains and you can find out one method in this month's Newsletter. Another pollutant of concern is grass clippings and if they reach a storm drain they can create both water quality and drainage issues.

To see past issues 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, July 18th at 1:00 pm at the Elkhart County Public Services Building (4230 Elkhart Road, Goshen, IN 46526)
  • Partnership Stormwater Board Meeting - Monday, July 24th at 9:00 am at the County Administration Building (117 N. Second Street, Goshen, IN 46526)

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