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Wednesday, December 2, 2020

The Goshen Street Department will make one last round of leaf collecting beginning Monday, December 7. Residents who miss this round can still take their leaves to the Environmental Center. Located at 20100 CR 19, the center accepts brush and leaves, loose or in bags, at no charge to Goshen... more


Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Starting Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 2, construction crews will shift the lane closure in East Goshen. Traffic will still be only one-way, going westbound, but vehicles will be directed into the eastbound lane. This is to allow paving to be completed on the road cuts in East Goshen. The intersections... more


Tuesday, December 1, 2020

The City of Goshen CDBG-CV Short-Term Rent & Utility Program is a program to expend federal CARES Act funds to benefit low to moderate income renters in the City of Goshen who are experiencing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Assistance is first-come, first-served,... more

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First Fridays

Friday, December 4, 2020

Board of Public Works & Safety & Stormwater

Monday, December 7, 2020, 2:00pm

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City Council Special Meeting

Monday, December 7, 2020, 6:00pm

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Stormwater Management

Fall along the Wellington Ditch

Welcome to the Goshen Department of Stormwater Management

Water running into a leaf covered inlet.

 Leaves can build up around storm drains and block the water.

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


Educational Resources

Recent Stormwater News

  • 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)
  • Educational Tree Tags in Goshen
    • In a collaboration between the Stormwater and Forestry Departments, the City of Goshen has hung educational tree tags at several locations in the city, including the Rieth Interpretive Center by Shanklin Park. Check them out to see how trees benefit us and be on the lookout for more coming next year! (August 18, 2020)
    • WSBT 22 News did a story on the work Goshen is doing to raise tree awareness with tree tags. Check it Out! (August 18, 2020)
  • Butt Out! Keeping Cigarette Butts out of Waterways
    • A group of 20 Connecticut towns and cities has set out to educate the public about the dangers of cigarette butt litter. Wildlife often mistake butts for food and cigarette butts contain both toxic chemicals and non-degradable plastic, so even a single butt hurts the natural environment. (August 4, 2020)
  • Plastic in the Great Lakes
    • Plastic waste is the single largest pollutant in the Great Lakes, washed in from surrounding areas like Elkhart County through rainwater and rivers. Changing shopping habits is one of the best ways to keep plastic out of our water, like choosing reusable items over single-use. Read more about what you can do to help. (July 28, 2020)

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

​Stormwater Toolbox Newsletter

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

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)