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Tuesday, April 7, 2020

The brush trailer program this year will begin Monday, April 13 and will run through October 23. The trailer can be reserved for the removal of large amounts of brush.  If a homeowner is trimming his own bushes or trees, they can schedule a trailer to be dropped off to put their brush in. This... more


Tuesday, April 7, 2020

The following is a message by the Elkhart County Health Department. Haga click aqui para ver el comunicado de prensa en español. Incident Command has been asked to share where testing sites are and if the person being tested would be charged for the test being processed. It is still required... more


Tuesday, April 7, 2020

City offices will be closed Friday, April 10 after 1 p.m. If you need to speak with a City staff person, please call Friday before 1 p.m. or Monday, April 13. As a reminder, City buildings remain closed to the public and some staff may not be working due to measures taken by the City to help... more

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Board of Public Works & Safety & Stormwater

Monday, April 13, 2020, 2:00pm

Redevelopment Commission

Tuesday, April 14, 2020, 3:00pm

CANCELED–Community Relations Commission

Tuesday, April 14, 2020, 7:00pm

Stormwater Management

An snowy view of the Leedy Ditch on the north side of Bashor Road on the northwest side of the city.

Welcome to the Goshen Department of Stormwater Management

Leaves along the road and on a storm drain.

(Picture Caption:  Stormwater and fallen leaves do not play well together.)

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

  • On October 1, 2019, the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) Office of Water Quality audited the two components of the Goshen Stormwater program. The audit reviewed Goshen's construction and post-construction stormwater run-off minimum control measures (MCM 4 & 5). On October 16th IDEM informed the Stormwater Department they had passed the audit and both program components met the State's requirements. Click here to view the full report. (November 7, 2019)
  • Snow and ice will begin falling before we know it and with the colder weather comes the use of road salt (sodium chloride). Road salt helps to keep us safe on roads and sidewalks, but it can also pose a threat to fish and wildlife as well as human health. Join other citizen scientists and the Izaak Walton League of America to test the amount of salt in a local waterway. Join the Winter Salt Watch! (October 18, 2019)
  • "New research from the University of Western Ontario reports that the sediment lining the bottom of the Great Lakes is chock-full of microplastics." If this concerns you check out these two articles! (October 4, 2019)
  • Check out this excellent reporting by the IndyStar on the impact of stormwater runoff on the White River, which flows through the center of Indiana, and what water advocates are doing to reduce those impacts. (October 4, 2019)
  • A recent study published in the Science Advances reports on the impacts climate change is having upon the ability of soils to absorb water. This means more water could runoff the ground to become stormwater runoff instead of soaking into the soil to replenish groundwater resources. (October 4, 2019)
  • EPA Repeals the 2015 Clean Water Rule, which clarified what kinds of waterways were regulated under the Clean Water Act. Now, regulated waterways are defined by the standards created in 1986 until the current EPA can finalize the new definition later this year. This is concerning as many water bodies and waterways are interconnected and do not follow political boundaries. (September 18, 2019)
  • "Anticipated increases in annual rainfall should signal a need for Indiana to consider whether existing stormwater systems can handle flooding." This statement and others were presented to Indiana's 14-member Stormwater Management Task Force as information is gathered for a report to be released in December detailing recommendations for stormwater needs in Indiana. (September 10, 2019)
  • When developing an area sometimes traditional surface stormwater management practices are not the best option and innovative ecological approaches to stormwater management need to be considered. Check out this development from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and the private and public partnership that was formed to meet MS4 regulatory requirements and Chesapeake Bay Watershed goals. (August 27, 2019)
  • "A good rainstorm can make a city feel clean and revitalized. However, the substances that wash off of buildings, streets, and sidewalks and down storm drains might not be so refreshing. Now, researchers reporting in American Chemical Society's Environmental Science & Technology have analyzed untreated urban stormwater from 50 rainstorms across the U.S., finding a wide variety of contaminants that could potentially harm aquatic organisms in surface waters and infiltrate groundwater." (August 27, 2019)
  • Climate change is driving rapid shifts between high and low water levels on the Great Lakes according to researchers with the University of Michigan. The reason is longer periods of dry weather, increased evaporation due to less ice cover in the winter, and more frequent heavy rain events. This variability has been seen recently in the low water levels of 2013 and now the nearly record high water levels of 2019. (August 27, 2019)

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

Stormwater Toolbox Newsletter

January 2020: In this month's Newsletter read about how snow is stormwater too and helpful tips to take to prevent stormwater pollution during the winter months. Additionally, read about illicit discharges, how to identify them, and how and to whom to report one if you see it. Remember, preventing stormwater pollution begins with each of us.

December 2019: Give the gift of clean water this holiday season and find out how by reading this month's Newsletter. You can also read about how grapes, apples, dandelion leaves, and other agricultural wastes are being used for deicing practices. You can also read about why freshwater mussels are so important to freshwater ecosystems.

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)