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NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

Monday, January 11, 2021

Governing Body: Goshen Economic Development CommissionDate and Time of Meeting: January 19, 2021 at 2:30 p.m. (or at the end of the Board of Public Works Meeting, whichever comes later)Place of Meeting: City Court Room/Council Chambers, Goshen Police & Court Building, 111 East Jefferson Street,... more

NOTICE OF MEETING

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Governing Body: Goshen Community Relations CommissionDate of Meeting: January 11, 2021Time of Meeting: 7 p.m. EDTPlace of Meeting: Online only—via Zoom Pursuant to the provisions of the Open Door Law and Indiana Code § 5-14-1.5-6.1(b)(2)(D), the Goshen Community Relations Commission will hold a public... more

Notice of Public Hearing

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Notice of Public Hearing on Proposal to Establish the Annual Tax Rate for the City of Goshen Cumulative Capital Development Fund The Goshen Common Council will hold a public hearing at its meeting on January 19, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. at which City of Goshen taxpayers may be heard concerning a proposal... more

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MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY

Monday, January 18, 2021

All City offices will be closed due to the holiday.

Board of Aviation

Monday, January 18, 2021, 2:00pm

Board of Works & Safety & Stormwater Board

Tuesday, January 19, 2021, 2:00pm

Please click the link below to join the webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81003119370 Or Telephone: (312) 626-6799 or (929) 205 6099 Webinar ID: 810 0311 9370 Dial *9 to "raise hand" and speak during public comment

Stormwater Management

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Frozen January Day at the Goshen Dam Pond

Welcome to the Goshen Department of Stormwater Management

Snow covered storm drain

 A snowy winter morning blankets this storm drain.

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

Recent Stormwater News

  • 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)
  • 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)

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

​Stormwater Toolbox Newsletter

December - In this month's Newsletter read about a fish success story after a dam removal in the City of Elkhart; new construction and stormwater general permits released for public comment by the State; a study showing the North Branch of the Elkhart River is an incredibly resilient, stable, and healthy river system; and more. 

November - In this month's Newsletter read about why “Only Rain Down a Storm Drain” is a common phrase used when talking about stormwater runoff, to read about a holiday FOG warning, the 23rd America Recycles Day on November 15th, and a welcome to Mattie Lehman, Goshen’s new Stormwater Specialist.

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.

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)