Wednesday, October 17, 2018
The hours for trick-or-treating for 2018 will be 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, October 31. more
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
The Goshen High School Music Department will have a 5k run and 3k walk as part o their annual fundraiser. The event will be Saturday, Nov. 3 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. The run/walk will start on Monroe Street near the corner with Lincolnway East. Participants will go East along... more
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Mayor Jeremy Stutsman and his family would like to invite the community to stop by City Hall Friday, Oct. 19, starting at 9 a.m., to pick up a rose for their loved ones as a way to thank those who live and work in the City for their part in making Goshen a stronger, more vibrant community. Thirty... more
(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.
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.
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.
To see past editions of the Stormwater Toolbox Newsletter click here.