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NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

Monday, November 29, 2021

Governing Body: Goshen Economic Improvement District Board Date of Meeting: December 2, 2021 Time of Meeting: 7:30 a.m. Place of Meeting: Goshen City Annex Building Conference Room204 East Jefferson Street, Goshen, Indiana Pursuant to the provisions of the Open Door Law and Indiana Code... more

Aviso Público

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

La Ciudad de Goshen está colaborando con ADEC, Inc. para desarrollar el Proyecto de Sendero Sensorial de Goshen para ayudar a conectar a las personas con discapacidades con los beneficios para la salud y las maravillas de la naturaleza. La subvención de Conexiones Comunitarias para Personas con Discapacidades... more

Public Notice

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

The City of Goshen is partnering with ADEC, Inc. to develop the Goshen Sensory Trail Project to help connect individuals with disabilities to the health benefits and the wonders of nature. The Community Connections for People with Disabilities (CCPWD) grant is offered through the Indiana Office of... more

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Goshen Economic Improvement District meeting

Thursday, December 2, 2021, 7:30am

Pursuant to the provisions of the Open Door Law and Indiana Code 5-14-1.5-5, the Economic Improvement District Board will hold a public meeting on December 2, 2021 at 7:30 a.m. at the Goshen City Annex Building Conference Room, 204 East Jefferson Street, Goshen, Indiana.

Board of Works & Safety & Stormwater Board

Monday, December 6, 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

City Council meeting

Tuesday, December 7, 2021, 6:00pm

To view a live stream of this meeting, go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82505176109 or call (312) 626-6799 or (929) 205-6099 and dial the meeting ID: 825 0517 6109. To speak during the public meeting, the public should use the “raise hand” feature on meeting or dial *9 if calling on the telephone.

Stormwater Management

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The Indiana Avenue Bridge from the Elkhart River

Welcome to the Goshen Department of Stormwater Management

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

Summer 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

November 2021 - In this month's issue of the Stormwater Newsletter, see how all our Department highlights come together to protect water quality and conserve energy. As we approach the Holidays, protect water quality by considering how to properly dispose of all the fat, oil, and grease (FOGs) waste from your favorite holiday foods.  

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

  • New Indiana Stormwater General Permits to be Released Soon
    • The existing Indiana stormwater regulations by Rule (Rule 5 and Rule 13) will soon be replaced by the new Construction General Permit and MS4 General Permit. The Indiana Department of Environmental Management has received non-objection letters from the EPA for both General Permits and is going through the process to repeal the existing Rules so the new General Permits can be adopted. (November 10, 2021)
  • 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)

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)