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