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BRIDGE CLOSURE: INDIANA AVENUE

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

The Indiana Avenue bridge just north of Wilden Avenue will be closed from August 2 through August 6 to allow to seal the coat of the deck. The dates are weather permitting, and it is not anticipated for the work to take the whole week. more

Notice of Adoption of Ordinance 5090, County Road 36 Annexation

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Ordinance 5090, County Road 36 Annexation, was passed by the Goshen Common Council on July 20,2021 and approved and adopted by Mayor Jeremy P. Stutsman. The annexation area consists ofapproximately 163 acres of real estate generally located along both the north and south sides of CountyRoad 36, west... more

ROAD CLOSURES: WEEK OF JULY 19

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

COLONIAL MANOR DRIVE: Colonial Manor Drive is closed between Bashor Road and William Drive until Friday, July 23 (weather dependent) to allow a full depth asphalt road replacement on the road. The road is closed except to local residents. 16TH STREET: 16th Street, between Fairfield Avenue and... more

Upcoming Events All »

Board of Works & Safety & Stormwater Board

Monday, August 2, 2021, 2:00pm

Please click the link below to join the webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88677698824 Or Telephone: (301) 715-8592 or 312 626 6799 Webinar ID: 886 7769 8824 Dial *9 to "raise hand" and speak during public comment

City Council meeting

Tuesday, August 3, 2021, 6:00pm

To view a live stream of this meeting, go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83525446373 or call (312) 626-6799 or (929) 205-6099 and dial the meeting ID: 835 2544 6373. To speak during the public meeting, the public should use the “raise hand” feature on meeting or dial *9 if calling on the telephone.

Board of Works & Safety & Stormwater Board

Monday, August 9, 2021, 2:00pm

Please click the link below to join the webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88677698824 Or Telephone: (301) 715-8592 or 312 626 6799 Webinar ID: 886 7769 8824 Dial *9 to "raise hand" and speak during public comment

Stormwater Management

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A gentle spring rain on the Goshen Dam Pond

Welcome to the Goshen Department of Stormwater Management

Spring rains flow into storm drains and out to our local waterways.

Spring rains flow into storm drains and out to our local waterways.

What is Stormwater?

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.

What is Stormwater Pollution?

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.

Why is Stormwater Pollution a Concern? 

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. The goal of the Department of Stormwater Management is "Clean Water for Everyone".


For more information on the Department of Stormwater Management and the Staff, click here.

Important Links

Federal and state laws and local ordinances

Report-A-Pollutant

Educational Resources

​Stormwater Toolbox Newsletter

July 2021 - In this month's issue of the Stormwater Toolbox Newsletter, find your watershed address, explore recent news on Lake Michigan and climate change, and learn how to reduce fertilizer pollution in our waterways!

We want to hear from you! Email questions and suggestions regarding the Stormwater Toolbox Newsletter to stormwater@goshencity.com.

To see past editions of the Stormwater Toolbox Newsletter click here.

Recent Stormwater News

  • Climate, Lake Michigan, and Stormwater in Chicago
    • The New York Times recently featured the City of Chicago for a look at climate change impacts to precipitation, Lake Michigan, and stormwater management.
  • SWCD Rain Garden and Rain Barrel Workshop
    • The SWCD will be offering their rain garden/rain barrel workshop on five different dates this spring. These workshops are qualifying events for the Greater Elkhart County Stormwater Partnership incentive program. Find registration information and dates, times, and venue options in the link above.
  • Goshen Works to Keep Streets Clear of Snow
    • Check out the WSBT 22 news story on the work the City Street Department does to clear snow and ice from the City streets and a request from the Goshen Stormwater Department for residents to help keep storm drains clear of snow and ice. (February 17, 2021)
  • One-Third of US Rivers are Changing Their Color
    • The color you imagine the water to be in a river is not usually accurate as the water can range in color from the blue you imagine to green, brown, yellow, and more. A team of researchers from across the country studied nearly 235,000 satellite images from a 34-year period to determine how the color of rivers throughout the U.S. change colors throughout the seasons. The color of a river reflects its natural health and can provide a glimpse into what outside factors (e.g. pollutants, sediment, algae, etc.) are impacting the river system.  (January 11, 2021)
  • Eating Mussels adds Microplastics to Your Diet
    • If you love eating mussels then pay attention to a recent study where scientists found microplastics in all of the "most-consumed mussel species around the world." The study looked at mussels caught in oceans around the world and found those mussels caught in the North Atlantic and South Pacific were the most contaminated. The Elkhart River flows through Goshen and eventually reaches the North Atlantic. (December 22, 2020)
  • Chemicals from Rubber Tires Impact Fish Survival
    • For years coho salmon in creeks around Seattle's Puget Sound have been mysteriously dying and until very recently the cause of these deaths was unknown. Scientists now know the cause is a very toxic chemical created when a preservative added to rubber tires interacts with ozone gas. This chemical is just one of many pollutants found in stormwater runoff that can impact animals and plants living in and/or relying upon waterways. The bright side of this research is tire manufacturers can begin working on alternative chemicals that are less toxic. (December 4, 2020)
  • Raking Leaves off of City Streets
    • Cities can reduce the amount of nutrients, especially phosphorus, in urban stormwater by removing street leaf piles and cleaning streets in areas of dense tree canopy, according to a U.S. Geological Survey study.

      The study tested the effects of leaf removal and street cleaning in three Wisconsin cities. They found that when tree canopy covered 30 percent or more of the street, weekly leaf removal and cleaning began to have a measurable effect on reducing nutrient runoff. Best practices, they caution, still need additional study.

      The authors also argue that leaf removal/street cleaning can complement swales, retention ponds, and other urban green infrastructure intended to improve water quality. (November 16, 2020)

For additional stormwater and water quality-related news visit the Stormwater News Archive.

Upcoming Meeting Dates

  • Goshen Stormwater Board - Every Monday at 2:00 pm in the Police/Courts Building (111 East Jefferson Street)
  • MS4 Advisory Board - To be Announced at the Elkhart County Public Services Building (4230 Elkhart Road, Goshen, IN 46526) 
  • Partnership Stormwater Board Meeting - The fourth Monday of every month, at 9:00 am at the County Administration Building (117 N. Second Street, Goshen, IN 46526)