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Tuesday, September 22, 2020

The City of Goshen is working with the Michiana Area Council of Governments to expand public transit service within the community—and is inviting all Goshen residents to take a survey to help gather community input. MACOG will conduct a Goshen Transit Expansion Study to identify and study potential... more


Tuesday, September 22, 2020

The last brush pickup of the year will begin September 28, 2020. 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 first day in the morning at 7 a.m. Brush... more


Friday, September 18, 2020

Monitoring and Reporting Requirements not met for: Goshen Water Utility Out water system recently failed to collect the required source/well water samples for E. Coli following a total coliform-positive routine distribution system sample collected on August 17, 2020. Although this is not an emergency,... more

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LAST brush pickup

Monday, September 28, 2020

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.

Board of Public Works & Safety & Stormwater

Monday, September 28, 2020, 2:00pm

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Shade Tree Board

Monday, September 28, 2020, 7:00pm

Stormwater Management

The Elkhart River at the Mullett Park Bridge

Welcome to the Goshen Department of Stormwater Management

Water running into a leaf covered inlet.

 Leaves can build up around storm drains and block the water.

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. The goal of the Department of Stormwater Management is "Clean Water for Everyone".

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

Important Links

Federal and state laws and local ordinances


Educational Resources

Recent Stormwater News

  • Our Relationship With Water - Ted Talk
    • Check out this Ted Radio Hour where our relationship with water is discussed. The speakers touch on humans' lost connection to water, the impact of toxic water and environmental racism, preparing for the next Hurricane Katrina, and thinking about legal rights for rivers and lakes.  You will be given much to think about during this hour and left with the question of "What have I done for water today?" (September 1, 2020)
  • Educational Tree Tags in Goshen
    • In a collaboration between the Stormwater and Forestry Departments, the City of Goshen has hung educational tree tags at several locations in the city, including the Rieth Interpretive Center by Shanklin Park. Check them out to see how trees benefit us and be on the lookout for more coming next year! (August 18, 2020)
    • WSBT 22 News did a story on the work Goshen is doing to raise tree awareness with tree tags. Check it Out! (August 18, 2020)
  • Butt Out! Keeping Cigarette Butts out of Waterways
    • A group of 20 Connecticut towns and cities has set out to educate the public about the dangers of cigarette butt litter. Wildlife often mistake butts for food and cigarette butts contain both toxic chemicals and non-degradable plastic, so even a single butt hurts the natural environment. (August 4, 2020)
  • Plastic in the Great Lakes
    • Plastic waste is the single largest pollutant in the Great Lakes, washed in from surrounding areas like Elkhart County through rainwater and rivers. Changing shopping habits is one of the best ways to keep plastic out of our water, like choosing reusable items over single-use. Read more about what you can do to help. (July 28, 2020)
  • The Awful Truth of Our Hidden Ocean Waste
    • The world's oceans contain staggering amounts of plastic, some pieces so small they can only be seen with a microscope. Plastic isn't just litter either; as the sun breaks it into smaller pieces, harmful chemicals often leach out into the water, the sand, and the food chain. Learn more about this complex issue here. (July 20, 2020)

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

​Stormwater Toolbox Newsletter

If you have questions about or suggestions for the Stormwater Toolbox Newsletter, email Jason Kauffman at

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, April 27, at 9:00 am at the County Administration Building (117 N. Second Street, Goshen, IN 46526)