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Goshen student receives award; Goshen Parks & Recreation Department receives donation for new playground

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

A Goshen High School student who wrote to the Parks and Recreation Department suggesting the construction of an all-inclusive playground received recognition by world-leading manufacturer of wheelchair vans and lifts BraunAbility for her advocacy for the disabled and special needs community. Laura Elliott... more


Tuesday, December 18, 2018

All City of Goshen offices will be closed Monday and Tuesday, December 24 and 25, in observance of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Trash collection services will be delayed by two days the week of December 24. more


Monday, December 17, 2018

The temperature climbed up slightly this weekend and will remain above freezing this week. With the warmer, dry weather, residents may feel tempted to rake their remaining leaves. However, the Street Department will NOT do any more leaf collection rounds this year, as stated previously. Street Commissioner... more

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City Council meeting

Today, 7:00pm

Traffic Commission

Thursday, December 20, 2018, 4:30pm

RESCHEDULED - Board of Public Works & Safety & Stormwater

Friday, December 21, 2018, 11:00am

Rescheduled due to the Christmas holiday

Stormwater Management


Welcome to the Goshen Department of Stormwater Management

Even storm drains love to play in the snow.

(Picture Caption:  Even storm drains enjoy to play in the snow.)

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

  • Today is World Soil Day, as the United Nations has declared every December 5th to be. This year’s theme is “Be the Solution to Soil Pollution” and these days pollution of all kinds is a worry and soil is also affected. Soil pollution is a hidden danger that lurks beneath our feet and everyone, everywhere is affected. Soil has the ability to filter and minimize the impacts of pollutants but only to a point. Therefore, each of us must do our part to keep pollutants out of our soils, waters, and air. Be the Solution to Soil Pollution! (December 5, 2018) 
  • Goshen High School has been named one of Indiana's five state finalists for the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest with a project focusing on the development of a polyacrylamides (PAMs) passive treatment deployment system to help reduce the amount of sediment that could come from construction site runoff. (November 30, 2018)
  • We live in the Great Lakes Watershed and have access to the largest source of fresh water in the world but there is a danger out there that could impact the quality of our fresh water if proper management measures are not used. This danger is road salt (sodium chloride) used to maintain safe driving conditions during the winter. However, if the road salt is not properly applied then it can impact drinking water quality and aquatic habitats for animals and plants. Thus, a new guidance document has been issued by the Ontario Good Roads Association and Conservation Ontario to help people find a balance between safety, property, and the environment. (November 21, 2018) 
  • Deforestation can lead to many changes in animal communities and water quality in the impacted area but the potential for much more widespread changes exists if deforestation of the Amazon rainforest increases. Those looking into this issue say the changes would not only affect nearby countries but could have a global impact on weather and water resources. (November 21, 2018)
  • 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) 

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

Stormwater Toolbox Newsletter

November 2018: In this month's Newsletter you can read about what stormwater basins are and why they are important for managing stormwater runoff. The second page issues a warning about FOG (fats, oils, and grease) and the negative impacts it can have on sanitary sewers and water quality if disposed of incorrectly.

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.

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)