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City to host Electric Vehicle Expo

Thursday, September 23, 2021

The following is a message from the Michiana Area Council of Governments, in collaboration with South Shore Clean Cities, Inc. and the City of Goshen: The City of Goshen’s Department of Environmental Resilience is teaming up with the Michiana Area Council of Governments (MACOG) and South Shore... more

TOUCH-A-TRUCK EVENT CHANCE FOR COMMUNITY TO SEE CITY EQUIPMENT, MEET CITY STAFF

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Squad cars, fire trucks and plows, oh my! The City of Goshen invites residents to come downtown Saturday, Sept. 25, to interact with City vehicles and meet staff. The City of Goshen’s Touch-a-Truck event, to be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Main Street between Jefferson Street and Lincoln Avenue,... more

LAST BRUSH COLLECTION DELAYED

Thursday, September 23, 2021

The September brush pickup —and the last of the year—has been delayed to the first week of October, to allow the Street Department to finish its paving project. The Street Department has been paving roads on the north side of Goshen. The project must be completed before the fall weather fully... more

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Board of Zoning Appeals

Today, 4:00pm

To view a live stream of this meeting, go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89051557762 or call (312) 626-6799 or (929) 205-6099 and dial the meeting ID: 890 5155 7762.

LAST Brush pickup

Monday, October 4, 2021

FINAL scheduled brush pickup of the year. During scheduled brush collections, the Street Department will make only one pass through the city to pick up brush. More at goshenindiana.org/street-department

Board of Works & Safety & Stormwater Board

Monday, October 4, 2021, 2:00pm

To join the webinar, please copy and paste this link on your browser: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81896230103 Or call: (301) 715-8592 or 312 626 6799 Webinar ID: 818 9623 0103 Dial *9 to "raise hand" and speak during public comment

Stormwater Information

Clean Water Act

The requirements the Goshen stormwater program is founded on, began in 1948 with the enactment of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act. This act was amended in 1972, and today is commonly referred to as the Clean Water Act (CWA). There have been subsequent amendments since, but the core of the program remains focused on improving water quality by preventing the release of contaminates to waterways. For more information on the Clean Water Act, click here.


Local Ordinances


What do Rule 13 and MS4 mean?

327 IAC 15 – 13, or simply known as Rule 13, is the specific part of Indiana law that lays out the rules for cities and urbanized areas with a population density of 10,000 or more, but less than 100,000. Urbanized areas are required to obtain and maintain a stormwater permit from the state to regulate Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems, also known as an MS4. The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) defines an MS4 as “a conveyance or a system of conveyances owned by a state, city, town, or other public entity that discharges to waters of the United States and is designed or used for collecting or conveying storm water.” But the term MS4 does not solely refer to municipally-owned storm sewer systems, but rather is a term with a much broader application that can include, in addition to local jurisdictions, state departments of transportation, universities, local sewer districts, hospitals, military bases, and prisons. An MS4 is not always just a system of underground pipes; it can include roads with drainage systems, gutters, and ditches.

The purpose of this rule is “to establish requirements for storm water discharges from MS4 conveyances so that public health, existing water uses, and aquatic biota are protected.” In order to meet the requirements of Rule 13, an MS4 community is required to implement six (6) Minimum Control Measures (MCMs), which are:

1.   Public Education & Outreach

Develop and initiate public education programs addressing the impacts of stormwater leaving our community. The Elkhart County Soil and Water Conservation District fulfills this program requirement on behalf of the MS4 Communities within Elkhart County.

2.   Public Participation & Involvement

Getting the residents and property owners involved in activities that promote clean-water practices. The Elkhart County Soil and Water Conservation District fulfills this program requirement on behalf of the MS4 Communities within Elkhart County.

3.   Illicit Discharge Detection & Elimination

Seeking out and eliminating sources of water pollution. The City of Goshen performs this task in-house. The streams and ditches within the corporate boundary of the City of Goshen have been walked and boated to identify each pipe and ditch outfall that represents a point source discharge. These discharge points have been photographed, GPS located, and cataloged. Discharge of water from these structures have been sampled 36-hours following a rain event and screened for color, smell, temperature, pH, conductivity, dissolved oxygen, and E. coli. Discharge points with pollutants are sampled more frequently and the source of the pollutants are traced back to the source for corrective measures. Click the picture below to see a video describing what an illicit discharge is and why prevention is important.

4.   Construction Site Runoff Control

Ensuring that all construction sites are operated and maintained in such a way as to reduce or eliminate pollution leaving their sites. The Elkhart County Soil and Water Conservation District fulfills this program requirement on behalf of the MS4 Communities within Elkhart County.

5.   Post-Construction Runoff Control

Developing requirements of new development that promote clean water even after the construction is over. The City of Goshen Stormwater Department manages the post-construction program. As new developments are constructed, stormwater management plans are developed for the properties to follow. On a five (5) year cycle, the Goshen Stormwater Department checks in with each plan holder to verify they are following their stormwater plan and to make sure the original stormwater assets are still functioning as intended.

6.   Pollution Prevention & Good Housekeeping

Cities are responsible for conducting their operations and maintaining their facilities in a manner that does not introduce additional pollution into the stormwater system and waterways. The City of Goshen’s staff is regularly trained on best management practices to minimize stormwater pollution. With the update of the City’s street department facility and central garage, special site features have been added to eliminate or capture pollutants associated with heavy equipment and vehicle maintenance.