Thursday, September 20, 2018
Brush pickup for the month of September ( and the last brush pickup of the year) will begin Monday, September 24, 2018. During scheduled brush collections, the Street Department will make only one pass through the city to pick up brush. Please have your brush by the front curb, but not in the street,... more
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
The Goshen Street Department will be paving S. 10th Street from College Avenue to New York Street. The road will be restricted to one lane, with flaggers to help with traffic flow. more
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Governing Body: Community Relations Commission of Goshen (CRC) Date and Time of Meeting: October 2, 2018 at 6:15 PM Place of Meeting: Abshire Cabin (Goshen Parks Facility, 1302 East Lincoln Ave., Goshen, IN, 46528 Pursuant to the... more
Monday, September 24, 2018
During scheduled brush collections, the Street Department will make only one pass through the city to pick up brush. Please have your brush by the front curb, but not in the street, by that Monday morning at 7:00 am. Brush will not be picked up in alleys and the piles should be trash free. Crews cannot access the piles if blocked by vehicles.
Monday, September 24, 2018, 2:00pm
Monday, September 24, 2018, 7:00pm
(Picture Caption: Stormwater runoff during a summer rainstorm flowing into a storm drain.)
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.
August 2018: In this month's Newsletter you can read about a national report card on the implementation of MS4 programs in Indiana and 13 other states. Additionally, you can read about plastic pollution and its impact on climate change and how plastic debris move throughout the Great Lakes.
July 2018: In this month's Newsletter you can read about the best practices to use during power washing, why chlorinated water from pools cannot be discharged to storm drains, and a new incentive program being offered by the Greater Elkhart County Stormwater Partnership to support local school field trips.
To see past editions of the Stormwater Toolbox Newsletter click here.