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