Friday, April 19, 2019
The west side of the 200 block of South Main Street. The City of Goshen took ownership of Madison Street and Main Street, between Madison and Pike streets on Friday, April 19, as the designation of US 33 moved to the new overpass. Changes will not be immediately noticeable, but plans to modify Main... more
Thursday, April 18, 2019
The Street Department is located at 475 Steury Avenue In conjunction with the Goshen Chamber of Commerce’s Beautify Goshen Week, the Goshen Street Department will be making additional disposal services available to assist city residents in their “Beautify Goshen” tasks. This free service is offered... more
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Walsh & Kelly is scheduled to install permanent striping inside the westbound lane of Third Street between Main Street and Jefferson Street the week of April 15. This work is being done in advance of transferring Third Street to the Indiana Department of Transportation. more
(Picture Caption: Stormwater flowing down the 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.
April 2019: In this month's Newsletter you will read about stormwater pollution and how to prevent it.
March 2019: In this month's Newsletter you will read about water: 1) Groundwater is the Sixth Great Lake, 2) World Water Day: Water for All, 3) Adopt-A-Storm Drain, and 4) help slow down stormwater runoff by installing a rain barrel or planting a rain garden.
To see past editions of the Stormwater Toolbox Newsletter click here.