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BOARD OF WORKS–NOTICE OF SPECIAL PUBLIC MEETING

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Pursuant to the provisions of the Open Door Law and Indiana Code 5-14-1.5-5, the Goshen Board of Public Works and Safety will hold a special meeting on Friday, April 28, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. The public meeting will be held in the Court Room/Council Chambers at the Goshen Police & Court Building, 111... more

BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN MASTER PLAN MEETINGS THIS WEEKEND

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The City of Elkhart, the City of Goshen, and the Michiana Area Council of Governments have received a grant from the Indiana State Department of Health to prepare a bicycle and pedestrian master plan. This initiative will help to coordinate planning activities for both cities to improve walking and... more

KERCHER ROAD AND SR 15 INTERSECTION IMPROVEMENT

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Elkhart County and the City of Goshen Engineering Departments have been working closely on the intersection improvement at Kercher Road and SR 15. The first phase of the intersection project is scheduled to begin April 24, 2017, with installation of a storm pipe across State Road 15. Traffic on... more

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Board of Public Works & Safety & Stormwater

Today, 4:00pm

Special meeting

Arbor Day celebration

Today, 4:45pm

More information at goshenarborday.com

Board of Public Works & Safety & Stormwater

Monday, May 1, 2017, 2:00pm

Stormwater News Archive

On this page, you can find links to important stormwater news articles identified by the Stormwater Department.

If you come across interesting and/or important stormwater news that you would like to let us know please email the Stormwater Department.

2017

  • Local communities in Goshen, IN, and Ann Arbor, MI, deal with inadequate drainage by constructing stormwater detention basins. (February 16, 2017)
  • California's drought is being quenched but the greater-than-normal rainfall is causing some major erosion issues. Highways are being washed away and the Oroville Dam north of Sacramento is in danger of failing, causing 188,000 people to evacuate. These are great and scary reminders of the power of water. (February 14, 2017)
  • The most common pieces of trash found on Lake Michigan beaches are cigarette butts, takeout containers, straws, and water bottles. The good news is they are from local sources if we all pitch in to keep trash out of our local waterways we won't have to share our beaches with trash! (February 14, 2017)
  • Stormwater used to be seen as a nuisance but now it is being seen as a resource, which means we need to rethink how we handle stormwater runoff. Instead of piping it to local waterways we need to allow it to soak into the ground. (February 3, 2017)
  • Los Angeles County, California, has captured 22 billion gallons of stormwater this rainy season (since mid-October) and allowed it to soak into the ground. Unfortunately, 58% of California is still experiencing drought conditions. (January 27, 2017)
  • Recent warm weather and decaying plant matter is the source of foam on the St. Joseph River near South Bend. (January 26, 2017)
  • During the winter months, street and highway departments across the nation spread thousands of tons of salt to roadways to keep them ice free. But all of this salt is harming the environment and communities are beginning to use alternatives to salt. The City of Goshen applies salt, sand, and BOOST. Find out more here. (January 17, 2017)
  • Stormwater can be treated as a resource instead of a nuisance leading to cleaner water. Check out what St. Paul, Minnesota, and communities in California are doing to accomplish this. (January 12, 2017) 
  • Currently stormwater is a major source of water pollution and one way to reduce the impact of stormwater runoff is through smaller and more widespread green infrastructure practices. This raises the question of long-term maintenance and functionality. Chicago is looking into these questions to ensure today's stormwater solutions do not become future stormwater problems. (January 6, 2017)
  • Have you seen the Elkhart County Waters Calendar before? We are looking for pictures for the 2018-2019 Calendar and would love to use one of yours. For more information click here or call the Elkhart County SWCD at 574-533-4383, extension 3. (January 4, 2017)

2016

  • EPA's newest National Lakes Assessment study finds nutrient (nitrogen and phosphorus) pollution is widespread in our nation's lakes, with 4 in 10 lakes suffering from too much nitrogen and phosphorus. (December 22, 2016)
  • Check out the new page Stormwater Videos for some excellent information. (December 21, 2016)
  • A new study shows that approximately 22 million pounds of plastic enter the Great Lakes every year. To understand this better Lake Michigan receives the equivalent of 100 Olympic-sized pools of plastic bottles every year! (December 21, 2016)
  • The problems facing the Great Lakes of North America and East Africa are facing the same problems. Read more here. (December 13, 2016)
  • A national poll shows bipartisan support for water infrastructure funding bill. Read more about it here. In addition, see the report and article two bullet points below, about the nation's water infrastructure funding needs. (December 7, 2016) 
  • A warming climate has the potential for an increase in extreme rain events says a recent study published in the Nature Climate Change Journal. Here is a similar article showing how heavy downpours are on the rise across the U.S. (December 7, 2016)
  • A recent report details how much investment is needed in Indiana's water infrastructure to ensure it continues to work properly. (December 7, 2016)
  • Water infrastructure in our country is aging and without proper maintenance leaks and breaks will only become worse. When a pipe breaks it can cause sediment, raw sewage, and other pollutants to enter our waterways. To find out more about how approximately 2.1 trillion gallons of water are wasted annually and for what needs to be done to address this problem read this article. (November 29, 2016)
  • The Greater Elkhart County Stormwater Partnership will be hosting introductory meetings of a new way to submit the required inspection reports. Come find out more about PermiTrack and how this online software works either on Thursday, December 1st; Thursday, December 15th; or Wednesday, January 18th, 2017. (November 21, 2016)
  • EPA has finalized modifications to Phase II MS4 regulations. The final rule establishes two alternative ways for NPDES permitting authorities to issue and administer MS4 general permits. Read more here. (November 18, 2016)
  • Are synthetic fleece and other types of clothing harming our water? Read the Washington Post article here. (November 4, 2016)
  • Can Chicago's geology help solve the issue of frequent flooding and sewage discharges in some areas? Read more about it here. FYI - In Chicago, a one-inch rain storm generates four billion gallons of stormwater runoff! (November 4, 2016)
  • Two Nonpoint Source Water Pollution Reports came out today. An annual report for Indiana's Program and a national report on the work completed under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act. (October 28, 2016)
  • EPA launches a new guide for long-term stormwater planning and will work with five pilot communities. For more information click here. (October 27, 2016)
  • Michigan had developed a Water Strategy Plan for how to sustain its many water resources for the next generation. One of these strategies is to reduce the impact of stormwater upon water resources by implementing green infrastructure practices. Check out their website for more information or read the full report. (October 27, 2016)
  • Beyond plastic micro-beads, plastic fibers are now emerging as a pollutant in the Great Lakes. Read more Here. (October 26, 2016)
  • What kind of trash is found in our waterways? Several groups in the Long Creek Watershed in southern Maine participated in a trash cleanup to determine what kinds of trash and how much was picked up. Read more Here. (October 26, 2016)
  • Efforts to keep the invasive Asian Carp fish from entering the Great Lakes Watershed have been completed in Fort Wayne with the construction of a berm and trail at the Eagle Marsh Nature Preserve on the southwest side of Fort Wayne. Read more Here. (October 10, 2016)
  • If you are interested in finding out how trees can help clean up the Great Lakes read about it here or read here for the answer to the question of how much is a tree worth? (September 30, 2016)
  • EPA Awards $4.8 million to Six Universities to Research Water Quality Benefits - Read Here (September 20, 2016)
  • The Great Lakes are holding their heat this September - Read Here (September 20, 2016)
  • A recent study by the USGS shows microplastics were present in water samples taken from a number of rivers that flow into the Great Lakes. For an illustrated look at the study's results click here (September 14, 2016).
  • Poisonous Algae Blooms Threaten People, Ecosystems Across U.S. - Read Here (August 30, 2016)
  • New Dam Pond Board Hears Public Comments About Dredging - Read Here (August 30, 2016)
  • Female scientists to sample plastics in all five Great Lakes - Read Here (August 17, 2016) - "In parts of the Great Lakes, we have a higher density of microplastics than in any of the ocean gyres." - Jennifer Pate, Filmmaker
  • Great lakes water temperatures surging with summer heat - Read Here (August 10, 2016)
  • An Olympic-Sized Problem - Water quality issues and the Rio Olympics - Read Here
  • EPA and the City of Philadelphia partner together to advance innovative urban stormwater control. (EPA or Philadelphia) (July 29, 2016)
  • Find out how much water your daily activities actually uses by checking out the Water Footprint Calculator (English or Spanish) (July 26, 2016)
  • Preparing for a wetter future in the Great Lakes Region - Read Here (July 25, 2016)
    • If you are interested in reading more about this topic take a look at the Extreme Storms in Michigan report by the Rocky Mountain Climate Organization and the Natural Resources Defense Council
  • South Bend and Mishawaka spend millions of dollars to clean up the St. Joseph River - Read/Watch Here (July 18, 2016)
  • WSBT 22 Fact Finder: Invading the Water - Read/Watch Here (July 18, 2016)
  • St. Joseph County neighborhood calls for County to clean up the Philips Ditch area -  Read/Watch Here (July 18, 2016)Street Sweeping 101 - Learn all about street sweeping Here (July 14, 2016)
  • New York City Begins Building 321 Curbside Rain Gardens - Read Here for more information (June 8, 2016)
  • Storm Drain Art Walk 2016 - Click Here for more information (June 3, 2016).
  • All Great Lakes warmer than last year but not warm enough for swimming - Read Here (May 26, 2016)
  • Goshen Dam Pond dredging could begin by July - Read Here (May 23, 2016)
  • Wetland enhancement in the Midwest could help reduce catastrophic floods of the future - Read Here
    • For information on a wetland restoration project in the St. Joe River Watershed click Here
  • International Efforts to Combat Algal Blooms in Lake Erie - Read Here
    • Here is how you can do to reduce nutrient pollution in stormwater locally.
  • Street Sweepers Keep Stormwater Cleaner - Read Here
  • Lack of ice coverage on Great Lakes raises scientific concerns leading into spring months - Read Here