Tuesday, December 18, 2018
A Goshen High School student who wrote to the Parks and Recreation Department suggesting the construction of an all-inclusive playground received recognition by world-leading manufacturer of wheelchair vans and lifts BraunAbility for her advocacy for the disabled and special needs community. Laura Elliott... more
Tuesday, December 18, 2018
All City of Goshen offices will be closed Monday and Tuesday, December 24 and 25, in observance of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Trash collection services will be delayed by two days the week of December 24. more
Monday, December 17, 2018
The temperature climbed up slightly this weekend and will remain above freezing this week. With the warmer, dry weather, residents may feel tempted to rake their remaining leaves. However, the Street Department will NOT do any more leaf collection rounds this year, as stated previously. Street Commissioner... more
Thursday, December 20, 2018, 4:30pm
Friday, December 21, 2018, 11:00am
Rescheduled due to the Christmas holiday
(Picture Caption: Even storm drains enjoy to play in the snow.)
The Department of Stormwater Management is part of the Goshen Engineering Department and is located at 204 East Jefferson Street, Goshen, Indiana, which used to be the old Goshen High School.
The Goshen Department of Stormwater Management works daily to prevent polluted stormwater runoff from impacting our natural water resources by working closely with a variety of other public and private partners within the City of Goshen, Elkhart County, and the State of Indiana.
The goal for the management of stormwater is "Clean Water for Everyone". In order to get there, the Department of Stormwater Management provides education and opportunities for the public to be involved, identifies and addresses illicit discharges to the storm sewer system or our local waterways, monitors construction sites and newly developed areas for stormwater compliance, and makes sure the City conducts operations and maintains its facilities in a manner that does not introduce pollution into our own local waterways.
Stormwater is water from snow and ice melting, as well as rainwater from storms. When rain or melting snow and ice fall or flow across natural surfaces like forests and grassy areas, most of it will soak into the soil. When it lands on streets, parking lots, and other hard surfaces, it runs off to another location like a storm drain or a local waterway.
As stormwater flows (or snow melts), it picks up debris (such as trash, grass clippings, etc.), chemicals (such as fertilizers and pesticides), sediment, and other pollutants. This "contaminated" water then enters a storm sewer system and is eventually discharged to a local wetland, stream, or river.
Within the City of Goshen and other urban areas, stormwater runoff comes from yards, roofs, driveways, parking lots, construction sites, and streets (these are all called hard surfaces except for yards), and flows into miles of storm sewers, swales, and ditches located under or next to our City streets and eventually reaches our local waterways. Stormwater picks up oil, grease, sediments, automotive fluids, trash, lawn chemicals, and other pollutants that are harmful to the environment and is often discharged/released into our local waterways untreated. Untreated stormwater affects our ability to use our local water bodies for drinking, fishing, and recreational purposes and it degrades fish and other aquatic habitats. The only way to lessen stormwater pollution is to reduce the amount of pollutants washed away by stormwater.
For more information on the origins of the Department of Stormwater Management and the Staff, click here.
For additional stormwater and water quality related news visit the Stormwater News Archive.
November 2018: In this month's Newsletter you can read about what stormwater basins are and why they are important for managing stormwater runoff. The second page issues a warning about FOG (fats, oils, and grease) and the negative impacts it can have on sanitary sewers and water quality if disposed of incorrectly.
October 2018: In this month's Newsletter you can read about how water drains through Elkhart County and the three watersheds and one continental divide that exists in our County. You will also see how the landscape throughout Elkhart County changes from the higher hills of Bristol to the floodplains along the Elkhart and St. Joseph Rivers. You can also read about how leaves are the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde of Autumn.
To see past editions of the Stormwater Toolbox Newsletter click here.