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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

[gallery ids="1994,1995,1996,1997,1998"] The City of Goshen and the Goshen Municipal Airport will again host the annual Air Supremacy over Goshen remote control aircraft event, which will bring a weekend full of fun activities for everyone in the family. From Thursday, July 12, to Saturday, July... more


Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Contractor Rieth Riley Construction will be adjusting castings on Lincoln Avenue from the Elkhart river bridge to Greene Road on Wednesday and Thursday, July 11 and 12., 2018. This may cause lane restrictions. If there are lane restrictions, the contractor will provide a flagger to help with traffic. more


Thursday, July 5, 2018

Bring your favorite car downtown or bring a chair to watch cars – it’s the 10th Annual Cruisin’ Reunion. Cruising begins at 5 p.m. on Friday, July 6 and continues til 9 p.m. There’s no registration, no fees – just cruising! On the Courthouse Lawn Starting at 5 p.m. Kids! Look for bouncy... more

Upcoming Events All »

Board of Aviation meeting

Monday, July 16, 2018, 2:00pm

Board of Public Works & Safety & Stormwater

Monday, July 16, 2018, 2:00pm

Park Board meeting

Monday, July 16, 2018, 5:30pm

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 summer 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

  • If you have ever wondered where the water that falls on your home, school, or business flows to, you are thinking about your Watershed Address. For example, in Goshen, your Watershed Address could be Rock Run Creek, The Elkhart River, The St. Joe River, Lake Michigan (Great Lakes), and finally the Atlantic Ocean. If you live near the Baugo Creek you can now watch a video showing how a raindrop flows down the Baugo to the St. Joe River. Thank you to the Elkhart County Soil and Water Conservation District and Elkhart County Surveyor for creating this excellent video. (July 13, 2018)
  • The head of the EPA, Scott Pruitt, is seeking to limit the EPA's authority to block permits for activities (e.g. dredging or filling) that could pollute or harm waterways. "[Mr.] Pruitt said [this change] would increase regulatory certainly while still maintaining protections for clean water." - The Hill (July 3, 2018
  • Check out a new feature recently released for Google Earth that showcases different waterways from the view of space. It is amazing to see these different waterways from around the world and how they are affected by their surrounding landscapes and affect them in turn. (July 3, 2018)
  • A train derailment on Saturday, June 23, of 32 tanker cars in northwestern Iowa near the city of Doon, caused approximately 230,000 gallons of crude oil to spill into the floodwaters of the Little Rock River. Due to the floodwaters communities downstream are concerned with what affect the crude oil will have upon their drinking water sources. This raises the question, which form of oil transport is better pipeline or tanker? (June 27, 2018)
  • There are five (5) differences between plastic pollution in the Great Lakes compared to plastic pollution in the world's oceans. Either way, plastic pollution that flows from our lands eventually makes it too an ocean. (June 21, 2018)
  • How often does a 1,000-year flood event occur? In the case of Ellicott City, MD, it happened twice over a two year period. A 1,000-year flood event is better described as a 1 in a 1,000 chance that a flood of that size will happen in any given year. (June 15, 2018)
  • By 2050 there will be more plastic debris in the ocean than fish! Hard to believe? Unfortunately, this is a true statement based upon current human activities. Additionally, plastic debris has been observed in the Mariana Trench (the deepest place on Earth) and throughout the world's oceans. Even here in Goshen, Indiana, we have a connection to the ocean through the Elkhart River, which flows to Lake Michigan, and ultimately to the Atlantic Ocean. Do your part and keep plastic out of our storm drains. (June 15, 2018)
  • Tree cover in urban areas across the nation is being lost and this is not a good thing. The loss of trees increases the use of electricity and natural gas, it increases the amount of stormwater runoff from hard surfaces reducing water quality in streams, increases the temperature in those areas, and cause more pollution to be released. This is not a good trend to have and we need to work to increase tree cover for the benefit of our communities and the environment. The City of Goshen is working to improve the percent tree cover to 45% in the year 2045. (June 5, 2018)
  • 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)

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

Stormwater Toolbox Newsletter

June 2018: In this month's Newsletter you will read about the 2018 Stormwater Survey results, the Stormwater Rule of Thumb, and why plastic pollution is a major water quality issue today and how, here in Goshen, we are connected to the world's oceans.

May 2018: No Stormwater Toolbox Newsletter this month.

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 11 at 11:00 pm at the Elkhart County Public Services Building (4230 Elkhart Road, Goshen, IN 46526) (PLEASE NOTE: The change in the date.)
  • Partnership Stormwater Board Meeting - Monday, July 23, at 9:00 am at the County Administration Building (117 N. Second Street, Goshen, IN 46526)