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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

The hours for trick-or-treating for 2018 will be 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, October 31. more


Wednesday, October 17, 2018

The Goshen High School Music Department will have a 5k run and 3k walk as part o their annual fundraiser.   The event will be Saturday, Nov. 3 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.   The run/walk will start on Monroe Street near the corner with Lincolnway East. Participants will go East along... more

Mayor Jeremy Stutsman invites community to third annual rose giveaway

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Mayor Jeremy Stutsman and his family would like to invite the community to stop by City Hall Friday, Oct. 19, starting at 9 a.m., to pick up a rose for their loved ones as a way to thank those who live and work in the City for their part in making Goshen a stronger, more vibrant community. Thirty... more

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Board of Public Works & Safety & Stormwater

Monday, October 22, 2018, 2:00pm

Shade Tree Board meeting

Monday, October 22, 2018, 7:00pm

Goshen Housing Authority Board meetings

Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 7:00am

Stormwater Management


Welcome to the Goshen Department of Stormwater Management

Stormwater runoff during a rainstorm running into a storm drain.

(Picture Caption:  Stormwater runoff during a summer rainstorm flowing into a storm 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.

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

  • Imagine A Day Without Water was on October 10th and this is the 4th year we have been asked to imagine what a day without water would be like. For more information, you can check out the Imagine A Day Without Water website and the American Water Works Association "Value of Water" campaign website. You can also view the following video and if you are interested you can watch the longer version of the video here. How do you value water? (October 12, 2018)
  • Happy New Water Year! October 1st to September 30th is the best consecutive twelve months that span the "water storage/water usage cycle (hydrological cycle), water soaking into the ground (fall and winter rains and snowmelt) versus water flowing out or being used by plants during the drier months. If you are interested in learning more check out the United States Geological Survey page here. (October 4, 2018)
  • Nearly a year apart, two historic hurricanes hit the United States in Texas (Hurricane Harvey - August 2017) and North Carolina (Hurricane Florence - September 2018). Both storms dropped trillions of gallons of water on the land and that water had to go somewhere. A recent study explains where Harvey's water went and recent satellite images show the stormwater runoff from Florence flowing out to the Atlantic Ocean. Either way, the stormwater/floodwaters from both of these storms were severely polluted. (September 21, 2018) 
  • The Stormwater Education Field Trip Incentive (SEFTI) program helped the Goshen Middle School New Tech 8th Grade students take a field trip to the Elkhart Environmental Center where they learned about the history of the Center, the quality of the river, and how to be good stewards of our natural resources. Check out ABC57's coverage of this wonderful field trip experience. (September 20, 2018)
  • Stormwater could now become a water resource in areas where water is scarce due to a new technology that will remove pollutants from stormwater. This new technology makes stormwater a potential resource instead of a waste that needs to be disposed of. (September 7, 2018)
  • Colorado Springs, Colorado, has been accused of violating the Clean Water Act because they neglected their stormwater system and did not meet the requirements of their MS4 discharge permit. Now the EPA and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment or suing Colorado Springs and the impact (fines and program improvements) will come at the expense of residents. This is an example of why the City of Goshen needs to do everything we can to meet the requirements of our MS4 permit. (September 7, 2018) 
  • August is National Water Quality Month and the week of August 13th is Indiana Water Quality Week where we celebrate Indiana's abundant freshwater ecosystems (also considered a natural resource). Our freshwater resources support a billion-dollar economy, which includes agriculture, recreation, and industry. High water quality and availability are important to a high quality of life. Each of us can do our part to reduce water pollution and improve water quality in our local communities. Find out more here. (August 14, 2018)
  • It is well known that plastic pollution breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces over time. Now, new research has been published showing how certain kinds of plastic pollution floating in the ocean will release more and more greenhouse gases the longer they are exposed to sunlight and seawater. This research also showed that certain kinds of plastics will emit greenhouse gases when exposed to sunlight and air. So no matter where plastic pollution is located it will have an impact on water quality and our climate. (August 8, 2018)
  • Communities across our country are experiencing more and more rain events that overwhelm their stormwater and sanitary sewer systems. In Goshen, we have areas of combined sewer (storm and sanitary together) and other areas where they are separated. As rain patterns change it is important that we work together to reduce stormwater runoff by slowing it down, spreading it out, and soaking it in. One way to do this is to use vacant lots to create small "sponge" parks with rain gardens. (August 3, 2018)
  • The federal government is considering legislation (H.R. 3906) that would require the EPA to provide funding for three to five centers of excellence for innovative stormwater control research and to provide grants to tribes and state and local governments to implement innovative stormwater control infrastructure projects. In the meantime, the University of Notre Dame is actively setting up a Center for Civic Innovation which will be researching stormwater management solutions. (July 23, 2018)

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

Stormwater Toolbox Newsletter

September 2018: In this month's Newsletter you will read about stormwater pollution prevention reminders for the job site. Additionally, October 1st is the beginning of the water year, so Happy New Water Year! Finally, the new Stormwater Education Field Trip Incentive program is highlighted and if you know of any students, teachers, or schools that would benefit from this program, please pass along this on to them.

August 2018: In this month's Newsletter you can read about a national report card on the implementation of MS4 programs in Indiana and 13 other states. Additionally, you can read about plastic pollution and its impact on climate change and how plastic debris move throughout the Great Lakes.

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, October 22, at 9:00 am at the County Administration Building (117 N. Second Street, Goshen, IN 46526)