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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

The Goshen Utility Business Office walk-up counter (203 S. 5th St.) is now open to the public during regular business hours, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. By order of the Elkhart County Health Department, face coverings are required in public. Please wear a mask when entering the... more


Wednesday, July 1, 2020

All City of Goshen offices will be closed Friday, July 3, in observance of Independence Day. Trash collection remains on a regular schedule. Residents are asked to put their trash out on their usual day and time. more


Friday, June 26, 2020

Due to the special brush pickup June 15, following the storm that brought down tree limbs through parts of the City, the Goshen Street Department's regular end-of month brush pickup for June was pushed back to begin the week of July 6, 2020. During scheduled brush collections, the Street Department... more

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City Council meeting

Tuesday, July 7, 2020, 6:00pm

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Board of Public Works & Safety & Stormwater

Monday, July 13, 2020, 2:00pm

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Redevelopment Commission

Tuesday, July 14, 2020, 3:00pm

Stormwater Management

Rock Run Creek at First Street on the north side of the city.

Welcome to the Goshen Department of Stormwater Management

Leaves along the road and on a storm drain.

 Grates help keep debris out of storm drains.

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

  • New Study finds that Plants Absorb Nanoplastics
    • When plastic litter doesn't get swept into waterways, it instead decomposes in the soil and becomes nanoplastics. Scientists have now shown that these tiny plastic particles are small enough to be absorbed through plant roots, blocking water absorption and harming seedling development. (June 26, 2020)
  • Larger Dead Zone in Gulf of Mexico Predicted
    • NOAA is predicting a larger than average dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico this summer due to more excess nutrient pollution. Too much nitrates and phosphorus feeds algae blooms, which quickly die and consume much of the available oxygen, creating "dead zones" where marine life cannot live. This harms coastal economies, especially fisheries, and shows why containing fertilizer runoff is so important. (June 23, 2020)
  • New Federal Water Rule
    • The Trump Administration's new water rule will soon take effect, despite being the target of several lawsuits filed by cities and states challenging whether the rule is legal. The rule narrows the definition of waterways and wetlands that can be regulated under the Clean Water Act, a move criticized by many environmentalist groups. A federal judge froze the rule in Colorado, but the legal battle over the rule is expected to last several years. For more background, click here. (June 19, 2020)
  • So What's the Deal with Rain Gardens?
    • Check out this excellent explanation of rain gardens: how they work, their benefits, and their upkeep. Try planting a rain garden today! (June 19, 2020)
  • Paved Areas Expand Urban Floodingby a Lot
    • A new study estimates that a 1% increase in paved surfaces in a city increase the annual flood magnitude of nearby waterways by 3.3%. Read more about the study, and the mathematical model it used, here. (June 18, 2020)
  • Rainscaping Education
    • A Purdue "rainscaping team" has been leading workshops to educate and involve communities in stormwater management. They teach building techniques for rain gardens, which capture rainwater and allow it to soak into the soil. Check out their rain garden app, or go here to learn more. (June 12, 2020)
  • New Permeable Hardscape
    • AquiPor Technologies has announced its development of a new material, similar to concrete but able to filter more than 25 inches of rain per hour into the ground. This reduces polluted runoff in cities and replenishes groundwater. Read more here or here (June 11, 2020).
  • Broken Dams Cause Flooding in Michigan
    • Heavy rains on May 19 caused the Edenville and Sanford Dams to fail, flooding the downstream counties of Midland, Gladwin and Saginaw. Most of the houses that were destroyed or damaged were not in a flood zone, highlighting the danger of these extreme flooding events. (June 8, 2020)
  • Middle Schoolers Invent Flash Flood Warning Device
    • Three Florida middle-schoolers have created a sensor that can detect clogged storm drains, which are a major cause of flash flooding. Devices like these give stormwater departments an early warning to prevent or prepare for flooding events. (June 6, 2020)
  • 2019 State of the Great Lakes Report
    • "Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) released the 2019 State of the Great Lakes (SOGL) report, which provides an overview of the status and trends of the Great Lakes ecosystem." Read on for more information, or check out the full report here. (June 3, 2020)

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)