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FALL 2022 HYDRANT FLUSHING

Thursday, September 29, 2022

Click here for an interactive map of showing the hydrant flushing schedule. Goshen Utilities will start the fall hydrant flushing program beginning Monday October 11th, 2021, through Friday October 15th, weather permitting. From Monday, October 10 through Friday October 14, the... more

RAILROAD CROSSING CLOSURE: MAIN STREET

Thursday, September 29, 2022

Norfolk Southern will close the railroad crossing at Main Street, north of downtown, to make repairs on the tracks. The closure will begin on Tuesday, Oct. 4 and will extend through Friday, Oct. 7. more

CITY OF GOSHEN TO HOST INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DAY EVENT

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Goshen and its surrounding region has rich history as land of the Potawatomi and Miami nations. To honor Indigenous Peoples Day, the City of Goshen Community Relations Commission will provide an opportunity for residents of all ages to learn this history.  The CRC will host an Indigenous Peoples... more

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Board of Works & Safety & Stormwater Board

Today, 2:00pm

To join the webinar, please copy and paste this link on your browser: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81801258378 Or call: (301) 715-8592 or 312 626 6799 Webinar ID: 847 4800 4365 Dial *9 to "raise hand" and speak during public comment

Downtown Goshen Economic Improvement District

Thursday, October 6, 2022, 7:30am

Community Relations Commission

Thursday, October 6, 2022, 7:00pm

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Mission: To care for Goshen's unique ecosystems as we care for Goshen's neighborhoods.

 

Posted 9/26/2022 Conrad Liechty, Goshen College Sustainability Student Intern

Invasive Species Removal

This week, Rieth Interpretive Center was the host to several field trips from Goshen High School’s first-year Biology classes. The class recently finished a unit on human impacts and invasive species (organisms that cause ecological or economic harm in a new environment where they are not native) and joined forestry staff to help with the removal of some invasive species in the Dr. Larry Beachy Classified Forest. We were joined on Thursday morning by Ms. Wohlford’s honors class, who jumped straight into the woods to tackle a number of problem species. Our primary targets were honeysuckle, tree of heaven, burning bush, autumn olive, and privet, many of which the students learned to identify on their own by the end of the morning. 

    Although fall is typically the hardest time of year to identify invasive species, students quickly learned to pick out the opposite leaves of autumn olive and the squared-off stems of burning bush. They forged off the marked trails to expand their range, some of them getting into sticker and briar bushes in search of more invasives. By the end of their hour-long visit, they had accumulated a sizable pile of cuttings, bushes, and fully uprooted plants. The five different sections of biology students that visited helped to make significant progress in this section of the forest!

    While this may have been some students’ first visit to the Rieth Interpretive Center, it most likely will not be their last. The Center’s staff hosts events for students all the way from elementary to high school, inviting them to engage, discover nature, and find out more about the city’s parks. In fact, these high school biology students will most likely return in the spring to learn more about how the ecosystem differs throughout the seasons. While the invasive species may be easier to spot in the spring, they’ll have other topics to focus on, coordinated with their biology curriculum!

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Posted 9/20/2022 Conrad Liechty, Goshen College Sustainability Student Intern

Did you know that trees in your neighborhood are taken care of by the city?

The Department of Environmental Resilience coordinates volunteers during the drier summer months, June - September, to keep younger trees in the City’s right-of-way watered and healthy. This year, the city is caring for 402 trees divided into five different routes. This week, I got the opportunity to ride along on one of the routes and meet Stan - one of the longest-term volunteers - and Roger, a parks employee of 45 years. 

    Stan originally went to Goshen College and graduated with a degree in biology. After a career in plant pathology, working both abroad and all across the United States, he returned to Goshen to retire. Several close friends, knowing his interest in biology, encouraged him to join the Goshen Tree Board. After serving his time and the introduction of Aaron Kingsley as the city forester, he stepped down from his role with the Tree Board, but continued to volunteer because he loves spending time outside and values the services the trees provide to the city. 

    We started our day at 8am, as Roger met Stan and I with a city truck and a full tank - roughly 1,000 gallons of water - to get going for the morning. Throughout our time together, Stan and I filled up the bags of 50-60 trees, filling them with 20 gallons each to get through the week. The route for the day took us to the northwest of Goshen, down Greene Rd. and back through Black Squirrel Golf Club. Along the way, Roger and Stan kept tabs on the health of the trees, chatted up residents, and caught up with each other. We ended the morning with less than 100 gallons of water left in the tank, as Stan and Roger prepared to go about the rest of their days. With only two more weeks in the watering season, the city is on track to distribute over 30,000 gallons of water to public trees throughout the summer. Because of the contributions of all of the volunteers, many newly planted trees throughout the city are thriving, providing all sorts of benefits and beautifying the city.