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2021 ARBOR DAY

Thursday, April 22, 2021

White Dogwood As a Goshen resident you are invited to call and reserve a free bare-root tree in honor of Arbor Day. The Arbor Day celebration is one of many activities that the City of Goshen’s Tree Board plans each year. The resident-based Tree Board was established over 20 years ago to promote... more

2021 Beautify Goshen Week

Thursday, April 22, 2021

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 only during the first full week in May... more

2021 SPRING BRUSH AND LEAF COLLECTION

Thursday, April 22, 2021

The Goshen Street Department will begin its spring brush and leaf collection on April 26th and it will run until May 8th.During this first collection the street department will pick up both leaves and brush. Please have the brush and leaves out before the start date to ensure pick up. Because... more

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Spring brush and leaf collection

Monday, April 26, 2021

During this first collection we will pick up both leaves and brush. Please have the brush and leaves out before the start date to ensure pick up.

Board of Works & Safety & Stormwater Board

Monday, April 26, 2021, 2:00pm

Please click the link below to join the webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88677698824 Or Telephone: (301) 715-8592 or 312 626 6799 Webinar ID: 886 7769 8824 Dial *9 to "raise hand" and speak during public comment

Shade Tree Board

Monday, April 26, 2021, 7:00pm

Stormwater Management

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A gentle spring rain on the Goshen Dam Pond

Welcome to the Goshen Department of Stormwater Management

Spring rains flow into storm drains and out to our local waterways.

Spring rains flow into storm drains and out to our 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. 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

Report-A-Pollutant

Educational Resources

​Stormwater Toolbox Newsletter

April 2021 - In this month's issue of the Stormwater Newsletter, find out about upcoming summer educational opportunities to increase your stormwater and place-based knowledge. Also, learn how spring vehicle maintenance is related to clean water!  

If you have questions about or suggestions for the Stormwater Toolbox Newsletter, email Goshen Stormwater at stormwater@goshencity.com.

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

Recent Stormwater News

  • SWCD Rain Garden and Rain Barrel Workshop
    • The SWCD will be offering their rain garden/rain barrel workshop on five different dates this spring. These workshops are qualifying events for the Greater Elkhart County Stormwater Partnership incentive program. Find registration information and dates, times, and venue options in the link above.
  • Goshen Works to Keep Streets Clear of Snow
    • Check out the WSBT 22 news story on the work the City Street Department does to clear snow and ice from the City streets and a request from the Goshen Stormwater Department for residents to help keep storm drains clear of snow and ice. (February 17, 2021)
  • One-Third of US Rivers are Changing Their Color
    • The color you imagine the water to be in a river is not usually accurate as the water can range in color from the blue you imagine to green, brown, yellow, and more. A team of researchers from across the country studied nearly 235,000 satellite images from a 34-year period to determine how the color of rivers throughout the U.S. change colors throughout the seasons. The color of a river reflects its natural health and can provide a glimpse into what outside factors (e.g. pollutants, sediment, algae, etc.) are impacting the river system.  (January 11, 2021)
  • Eating Mussels adds Microplastics to Your Diet
    • If you love eating mussels then pay attention to a recent study where scientists found microplastics in all of the "most-consumed mussel species around the world." The study looked at mussels caught in oceans around the world and found those mussels caught in the North Atlantic and South Pacific were the most contaminated. The Elkhart River flows through Goshen and eventually reaches the North Atlantic. (December 22, 2020)
  • Chemicals from Rubber Tires Impact Fish Survival
    • For years coho salmon in creeks around Seattle's Puget Sound have been mysteriously dying and until very recently the cause of these deaths was unknown. Scientists now know the cause is a very toxic chemical created when a preservative added to rubber tires interacts with ozone gas. This chemical is just one of many pollutants found in stormwater runoff that can impact animals and plants living in and/or relying upon waterways. The bright side of this research is tire manufacturers can begin working on alternative chemicals that are less toxic. (December 4, 2020)
  • Raking Leaves off of City Streets
    • Cities can reduce the amount of nutrients, especially phosphorus, in urban stormwater by removing street leaf piles and cleaning streets in areas of dense tree canopy, according to a U.S. Geological Survey study.

      The study tested the effects of leaf removal and street cleaning in three Wisconsin cities. They found that when tree canopy covered 30 percent or more of the street, weekly leaf removal and cleaning began to have a measurable effect on reducing nutrient runoff. Best practices, they caution, still need additional study.

      The authors also argue that leaf removal/street cleaning can complement swales, retention ponds, and other urban green infrastructure intended to improve water quality. (November 16, 2020)

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

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 - The fourth Monday of every month, at 9:00 am at the County Administration Building (117 N. Second Street, Goshen, IN 46526)