Wednesday, June 26, 2019
The Goshen Municipal Airport is proud to host, for the third year in a row, the annual Air Supremacy over Goshen Show from July 11 to July 13. This giant-scale, remote control aircraft event is bound to bring a fun, family-friendly time for Goshen residents and surrounding communities. More than... more
Monday, June 24, 2019
The Goshen Board of Works approved changes to the Lincoln Avenue milling paving project schedule Monday, June 24. While the portion of Lincoln Avenue between Third Street and the Elkhart River bridge will reopen to traffic on June 25, the next closure will not be until July 8. That is when Lincoln... more
Friday, June 21, 2019
We received notice from INDOT that work on the Plymouth Avenue (SR 119) bridge is complete! Crews are opening the road and removing signs this afternoon. 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.
June 2019: In this month's Newsletter read about two reminders on how to prevent pollution when fueling a vehicle and when working near a storm drain. You can also see close up pictures of the ten storm drain art murals that were completed over the last few weeks. Check out bit.ly/SDArtMap for more information.
May 2019: In this month's Newsletter you have the chance to read A Tale of Two Floods, a story about the two recent floods to affect the City of Goshen. This tale talks about how climate change is increasing the amount of rain falling in Indiana and what impacts it could have on our area, like more flooding and poorer water quality due to polluted stormwater runoff. The information comes from research conducted by scientists and professionals associated with the Indiana Climate Change Impacts Assessment program.
To see past editions of the Stormwater Toolbox Newsletter click here.