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Public Notice: South Wellfield Drive – Notice of Intent

The City of Goshen (204 E. Jefferson Street, Suite #1, Goshen, Indiana 46528) will be submitting a Notice of Intent (NOI) letter to notify the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) of their intent to comply with the requirements of the Indiana Construction Stormwater General Permit (CSGP) to discharge stormwater from construction and land disturbing activities associated with the construction of a drive for the testing of the future wells at the City of Goshen South Wellfield.

The project is located off the southeast corner where County Road 27 turns west, south of the intersection of Dierdorff Road (County Road 27) and Waterford Mills Parkway (County Road 40). Located in SW 1/4 of Section 35, Township 36 N, Range 6 East, in Elkhart Township, Elkhart County, Indiana.

Runoff from the project will soak into the underlying soil with an eventual release to the Elkhart River to the southwest.

Questions or comments regarding the project should be directed to Jason Kauffman, Stormwater Coordinator, by calling 574-534-2201 or sending an email to jasonkauffman@goshencity.com.

December Stormwater Newsletter

Read the newsletter by clicking the following link: https://bit.ly/SWNewsDec2023.

The goal of the Goshen Stormwater Department is clean water for everyone and everything. One way this is achieved is through public education and the Stormwater Toolbox Newsletter is one of many ways this is accomplished. 

This month’s newsletter highlights:

  1. To comply with Indiana Department of Environmental Management stormwater regulations all City employees are to be trained on how to prevent stormwater pollution. A Stormwater Employee Handbook is now available for employees to reference. Check it out here.
  2. Salt is used in the wintertime to prevent and remove ice but it can have a big impact on the environment. Find helpful tips on how to reduce the impact salt has by clicking here.  
  3. The 2024-2025 Elkhart County Waterways Calendar has been released and more information can be found by clicking here. We hope you enjoy your free copy, which can be picked up at City offices and the Goshen Public Library.

If you have concerns about stormwater drainage or water quality issues or have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact the Goshen Stormwater Department at stormwater@goshencity.com or 574-534-2201.

Public Notice: Jefferson Street reconstruction from Main Street to Third Street – Notice of Intent

The City of Goshen (204 E. Jefferson Street, Suite #1, Goshen, Indiana 46528) will be submitting a Notice of Intent (NOI) letter to notify the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) of their intent to comply with the requirements of the Indiana Construction Stormwater General Permit (CSGP) to discharge stormwater from construction and land disturbing activities associated with the Jefferson Street Reconstruction from Main Street to Third Street project. The project is located along Jefferson Street from just east of the intersection with Main Street to the intersection with Third Street on the west.

The project is located in the SE 1/4 of Section 9, Township 36 N, Range 6 East, in Elkhart Township, Elkhart County, Indiana.

Runoff from the project will soak into the underlying soil through the proposed pervious concrete block roadway with an eventual release to the Elkhart River and through the public storm sewer with a direct discharge to the Elkhart River.

Questions or comments regarding the project should be directed to Jason Kauffman, Stormwater Coordinator, by calling 574-534-2201 or sending an email to jasonkauffman@goshencity.com.

November Stormwater Toolbox Newsletter

Read the newsletter by clicking the following link: bit.ly/SWNewsNov2023.

The goal of the Goshen Stormwater Department is clean water for everyone and everything. One way this is achieved is through public education and the Stormwater Toolbox Newsletter is one of many ways this is accomplished. 

In this month’s newsletter, a message of thanks is shared for the help the community gives to keep our local waterways clean. In addition, there are three articles:

  1. November 16 is National Stormwater Day – The National Municipal Stormwater Alliance declared November 16 to be National Stormwater Day as November 16, 1990, is when the Federal Register included notice of the promulgation of the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Phase I MSP program marking this a major day in the stormwater community.
  2. The series on the origin of words used to describe waterways draws to a close this month with a focus on the word used to describe the smell in the air after a summer thunderstorm: Petrichor.  
  3. Holiday F.O.G. Warning – F.O.G. stands for fats, oils, and grease and if these are dumped down a drain it can harm the health of our sewers and local waterways. Find out the proper ways to handle F.OG.s during the holiday season and year-round.

If you have concerns about stormwater drainage or water quality issues or have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact the Goshen Stormwater Department at stormwater@goshencity.com or 574-534-2201.

Goshen Parks Master Plan Survey

The Goshen Parks Department needs the community’s help to update the Parks Master Plan, which outlines strategies the department will pursue to continuously improve facilities and services over the next five years. The assignment of the Goshen Park and Recreation Department is to support a healthier community, by increasing marketing efforts and programming to a changing demographic and a diverse community that encourages seniors, young adults, families, teens, and children into the parks.

Here are a few ways you can get involved and help to decide the future of Goshen Parks!

  1. Completing our survey is one of the ways you can share your thoughts and comments on what you would like to see in your parks.
  2. Please invite your friends and family to take this survey too!

English – https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/goshen-parks

The survey will be open until September 22.

Upload photos that represent what you love about Goshen Parks and Trails by using our photo survey link.

¡El Departamento de Parques de Goshen está actualizando el Plan Maestro de Parques y necesitamos su ayuda!

¡Aquí hay algunas maneras en que puede participar y ayudar a decidir el futuro de los parques de Goshen!

  1. Tome nuestra encuesta en la que puede compartir sus pensamientos y comentarios sobre lo que le gustaría ver en sus parques.
  2. ¡Por favor, invite a sus amigos y familiares a tomar esta encuesta también!

Español – https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/goshen-parks?lang=es

La encuesta estará abierta hasta el 22 de Septiembre.

Sube fotos que representen lo que te encanta de los parques y senderos de Goshen link.

To view the Parks Master Plan for 2019-2023 click here.

N. Indiana Recycling Drop-Off Center to Be Closed September 14 and 15

On Thursday and Friday, September 14 and 15, the section of N. Indiana Avenue between the railroad tracks and Wilden Avenue will be closed for road reconstruction (note: these dates are weather-dependent). During this time the N. Indiana Recycling Drop-Off Center will be closed to the public. Please plan accordingly to drop off recyclables before or after the road project. The City of Goshen appreciates everyone’s patience and cooperation as we work to improve this section of roadway.

For more information on road closures in the City of Goshen visit https://bit.ly/GoshenRoadClosureMap.

NIPSCO Gas Work to Impact S. Indiana Avenue

For more information on this project and other road construction projects visit the City’s interactive Road Closure Map: bit.ly/GoshenRoadClosureMap.

NIPSCO Gas informed the City of Goshen of upcoming road work to install a new gas line that will be taking place on Berkey Avenue and S. Indiana Avenue starting next week on September 5 and going until October 27 (weather dependent). There are three phases to NIPSCO’s work and they are as follows:

Phase 1 – Lane Restrictions (only during the day) with Flaggers from September 5 – September 22 on Berkey Avenue (from Wheatland Drive to S. Indiana Avenue) and S. Indiana Avenue.

Phase 2 – Lane Restrictions (only during the day) with Flaggers from September 22 – October 6 on S. Indiana Avenue north and south of the intersection with Berkey Avenue.

Phase 3 – Lane Shift with 2-Way Traffice from October 6 – October 27 on S. Indiana Avenue at the intersection with W. Plymouth Avenue to just north of the entrance to the parking lot of First Baptist Church.

August Stormwater Toolbox Newsletter

Read the newsletter by clicking the following link: https://bit.ly/SWNewsAugust2023.

The goal of the Goshen Stormwater Department is clean water for everyone and everything. One way this is achieved is through public education and the Stormwater Toolbox Newsletter is one of many ways this is accomplished.

In this month’s newsletter, there are three articles:

  1. Updating SOPs – The City is required to update standard operating procedures (SOPs) to comply with the City’s MS4 General Permit and is working with Wessler Engineering to accomplish this.
  2. Pollywogging is a method of searching for freshwater mussels and as another National Water Quality Month comes to a close the importance of freshwater mussels to water quality is highlighted.
  3. Find out the origins of the word “Stream” in the next installment of “Why are there so many words for waterways?”.

If you have concerns about stormwater drainage or water quality issues or have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact the Goshen Stormwater Department at stormwater@goshencity.com or 574-534-2201.

Signal Outage at Weymouth Blvd. and E. Kercher Rd.

Thursday, August 31st, from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm, NIPSCO will be turning off the power at the intersection of Weymouth Boulevard and E. Kercher Road to connect power to the new Dollar General store. NIPSCO will be providing traffic control during the duration of their work.

For more information go to the City of Goshen’s Road Closures Map: https://bit.ly/GoshenRoadClosureMap.