Monday, October 2, 2023
To celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day, the City of Goshen Community Relations Commission will host a special event at the Goshen Theater on Monday, Oct. 9, from 6:30 – 8 p.m. honoring the region's rich history as the land of the Potawatomi and Miami nations. Doors to the theater will... more
Monday, October 2, 2023
Read the newsletter by clicking the following link: bit.ly/SWNewsSeptember2023. 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... more
Thursday, September 21, 2023
The City of Goshen and the Goshen Chamber of Commerce yesterday hosted Governor Eric Holcomb and the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC). The board had a series of meetings as part of their quarterly business event followed by a public session at the Goshen Theater with more... more
The City of Goshen strives to improve water quality within the community. City staff is regularly trained about stormwater pollutants and how they can improve water quality through the application of best management practices in municipal operations. City staff can only do so much on their own. To truly minimize our community’s impact on stormwater, City residents and businesses within the City must work together to protect our water resources.
Everyday activities in a community with 32,000 residents provide opportunities for stormwater education. The Goshen Stormwater Department frequently receives calls and e-mails about people placing their grass clippings in the curb line, construction projects tracking soil into the street, and concerns about vehicles leaking oils and other fluids. Stormwater staff responds to these complaints and in most cases provides education to help minimize the stormwater impact. Educational resources used in these one-on-one site visits are:
Leftover household products that contain corrosive, toxic or reactive ingredients are considered to be "household hazardous waste" (HHW). HHW includes products such as oil-based paints, cleaners, oils, Ni-Cad/Lithium batteries, unused or expired medications, pesticides, or other items that contain potentially hazardous ingredients. These products are safe to use when you follow the manufacturer's instructions, but they require special handling when you are ready to dispose of them. If disposed of improperly, these wastes can pollute the environment and they can pose a threat to human health. HHW should not be poured down the drain, on the ground, or into storm sewers.
For more information on how to properly dispose of HHW and unused, unwanted, or expired medications click here.
My RainReady is a free, online tool that helps homeowners get ready for rain in a time of climate change. Developed by the Center for Neighborhood Technology, My RainReady offers step-by-step guidance to help evaluate the flooding risks of your home, and find the best means of reducing the risk of flood damage. After answering a series of guided questions, My RainReady will provide a customized report that suggests a mix of home maintenance and DIY improvements, landscaping and construction options, and flood preparedness actions. My RainReady does not collect or share any information about you or your building.
Rain barrels and rain gardens are important stormwater training tools that allow residents to reuse stormwater to water their plants and reduce stormwater runoff into the community’s sanitary and storm sewers. To encourage the installation of rain barrels and rain gardens, the Greater Elkhart County Stormwater Partnership offers an incentive program where eligible homeowners can receive up to $250 towards the planting of native rain garden plants and/or $50 towards the construction of a rain barrel (maximum of two rain barrels per property). To be eligible to receive the reimbursement, participants must live in the Cities of Elkhart or Goshen, the Town of Bristol, or the unincorporated areas of Elkhart County and must attend a short evening class hosted by the Elkhart County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD). To obtain more information about this program, rain gardens, and rain barrels click on the appropriate link.
Storm drains play an important role in our city. They keep roads safe by draining rainwater and snowmelt and preventing urban flooding. However, most storm drains are connected directly to a waterway and this means anything dropped on the road can pollute our rivers and streams.
Ordinary things, including soil, trash, oil, grass clippings, chemicals (fertilizers and pesticides), and animal waste (e.g. dog poop) impair the water and make it difficult for fish and other aquatic wildlife to live or even breathe. Some pollutants, such as animal waste and oil can be a health hazard to people as well.
Thus, the City of Goshen has decided to draw attention to the importance of storm drains by having local artists paint murals around them. In 2016 local artists painted eight (8) storm drain art murals along a 1.2 mile stretch of downtown streets. Drain art projects were also implemented in 2019 and 2022, with local artists once again contributing to this popular public art project. For more information on the storm drain art murals, click here.
The Stormwater Partnership develops and publishes bi-annual stormwater calendars containing educational information on many different themes like watersheds, trees and stormwater, agricultural best management practices, pollinators, and much more. These calendars are distributed freely throughout the community and the Stormwater Partnership is happy to announce the 2022-2023 Calendar is now available free to the public at City offices and local businesses throughout the City. The theme this year is "Building Water Quality."
For information on past stormwater news articles, check out the Stormwater News Archive.
If you are interested in learning more about stormwater and topics of concern make sure to check out the monthly Stormwater Toolbox Newsletter. The Stormwater Department is always interested in suggestions on topics or issues you might like to know more about and you can email Jason Kauffman with suggestions.
The Greater Elkhart County Stormwater Partnership has joined with a number of other MS4 Communities throughout the State of Indiana to create a series of stormwater education videos. Click here to see the following videos:
If you have ever wondered how much water you use daily the Water Footprint Calculator (English or Spanish) will help you estimate your total water usage both at home and virtually (e.g. in your food, the miles you drive in your car, etc.). The water out of the tap/faucet is just a tiny fraction of the water we use each day. "We have to think beyond just what's coming out of our tap and think of water as a kind of universal resource" - Peter Hanlon of the Grace Communications Foundation