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Monday, November 19, 2018

NIPSCO will be relocating electric utilities adjacent to the River Art Development on River Race Drive between Jefferson Street and the east/west alley beginning Monday, November 19. River Race Drive will be closed between the two roads for two weeks. more


Thursday, November 15, 2018

The sleet and snow falling this morning have created icy conditions on our local roadways, sidewalks, and driveways. As you deal with these icy conditions please consider the impact salt and sand can have on the local environment, both plant life and water quality. Keep in mind these simple tips: -... more


Thursday, November 15, 2018

City Street Department crews are working hard to clear the roadways in response to this morning's weather event. We are asking for the community's assistance and support in two ways as we continue our work: Use extra caution as many roadways may be more narrow than usual. There are many streets... more

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Plan Commission Meeting

Today, 4:00pm

City Council meeting

Today, 7:00pm


Thursday, November 22, 2018

Stormwater Management


Welcome to the Goshen Department of Stormwater Management

Stormwater runoff during a rainstorm running into a storm drain.

(Picture Caption:  When leaves fall in Autumn they can cover storm drains creating drainage issues. Please help keep storm drains near your home, business, or school clear of fallen leaves. Thank you.)

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.

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.

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

Recent Stormwater News

  • Each week scientists at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center produce maps showing the ground water and soil moisture drought indicators. The map indicates if an area is drier (warm colors) or wetter (blues) than normal. The drought conditions in California and the slightly wetter than normal conditions in our area are very visible. (November 14, 2018)
  • A great video from Purdue Agriculture showcasing how water quality is a shared priority between urban and agricultural communities. Check out this excellent video called "Common Ground, Common Water: Water Quality: A Shared Priority". (November 2, 2018)
  • A University of Copenhagen (Denmark) has invented a stormwater treatment method that replicates how water soaks through the soil and then releases it to a nearby waterway. This is a green technology method that uses no power or chemicals. Here is another stormwater idea from Copenhagen as well. (November 1, 2018)
  • How Dutch stormwater management could have mitigated damage from Hurricane Florence. Check out this 15 minute 60 Minutes segment from September 23rd on what the Dutch have done to protect their country from flooding and what the rest of the world can learn from them. (October 23, 2018)
  • Imagine A Day Without Water was on October 10th and this is the 4th year we have been asked to imagine what a day without water would be like. For more information, you can check out the Imagine A Day Without Water website and the American Water Works Association "Value of Water" campaign website. You can also view the following video and if you are interested you can watch the longer version of the video here. How do you value water? (October 12, 2018)
  • Happy New Water Year! October 1st to September 30th is the best consecutive twelve months that span the "water storage/water usage cycle (hydrological cycle), water soaking into the ground (fall and winter rains and snowmelt) versus water flowing out or being used by plants during the drier months. If you are interested in learning more check out the United States Geological Survey page here. (October 4, 2018)
  • Nearly a year apart, two historic hurricanes hit the United States in Texas (Hurricane Harvey - August 2017) and North Carolina (Hurricane Florence - September 2018). Both storms dropped trillions of gallons of water on the land and that water had to go somewhere. A recent study explains where Harvey's water went and recent satellite images show the stormwater runoff from Florence flowing out to the Atlantic Ocean. Either way, the stormwater/floodwaters from both of these storms were severely polluted. (September 21, 2018) 
  • The Stormwater Education Field Trip Incentive (SEFTI) program helped the Goshen Middle School New Tech 8th Grade students take a field trip to the Elkhart Environmental Center where they learned about the history of the Center, the quality of the river, and how to be good stewards of our natural resources. Check out ABC57's coverage of this wonderful field trip experience. (September 20, 2018)
  • Stormwater could now become a water resource in areas where water is scarce due to a new technology that will remove pollutants from stormwater. This new technology makes stormwater a potential resource instead of a waste that needs to be disposed of. (September 7, 2018)
  • Colorado Springs, Colorado, has been accused of violating the Clean Water Act because they neglected their stormwater system and did not meet the requirements of their MS4 discharge permit. Now the EPA and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment or suing Colorado Springs and the impact (fines and program improvements) will come at the expense of residents. This is an example of why the City of Goshen needs to do everything we can to meet the requirements of our MS4 permit. (September 7, 2018) 

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

Stormwater Toolbox Newsletter

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.

September 2018: In this month's Newsletter you will read about stormwater pollution prevention reminders for the job site. Additionally, October 1st is the beginning of the water year, so Happy New Water Year! Finally, the new Stormwater Education Field Trip Incentive program is highlighted and if you know of any students, teachers, or schools that would benefit from this program, please pass along this on to them.

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

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 - Monday, October 22, at 9:00 am at the County Administration Building (117 N. Second Street, Goshen, IN 46526)