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Summer sewer rates vs. winter rates

Thursday, September 12, 2019

The City’s annual summer sewer billing ends on September 15, 2019. This means that any water consumption after September 15 will not reflect the discounted sewer rate. A summer sewer discount is calculated based on the lower of the actual volume or the average monthly volume of sewage discharged... more

IDEM TO HOLD PUBLIC HEARING FOR JOHNSON CONTROLS

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management will hold a public hearing today Tuesday, September 10, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Goshen Public Library, to received additional public comments on the Revised Voluntary Remediation Work Plan for the former Johnson Controls facility site, located at 1302... more

ROAD CLOSURE: LOMBARDY DRIVE

Monday, September 9, 2019

The City Water and Sewer Department will be installing a water main at the intersection of Kercher Road and Lombardy Drive. The work will require excavation of the road, with a trench about 8 ft deep. Lombardy Drive will be closed to through traffic on Thursday, Sept. 12 starting at 7 a..m.,... more

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Stormwater Toolbox Newsletter Archive

Welcome to the Stormwater Toolbox Newsletter Archive. You will find each Newsletter arranged chronologically below along with a general description of the topics contained in each newsletter.

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2019

January - In this month's Newsletter find out the answer to the questions: What is an MS4 and why is it important? You can also read on how 2018 was one of the wettest years on record and what that means for stormwater. If you are interested in a bit more information on the amount of precipitation that fell during 2018 check out a short (1 minute) YouTube video
February - In this month's Newsletter you will read about two pieces of bipartisan legislation that have become law in the last two months and will help improve water quality throughout the United States. Additionally, you will read about how stormwater pollution does not go away but goes somewhere. Finally, you will find out about illicit discharges that occurred in the City of Goshen during 2018 and what to do if you see one. 
March - In this month's Newsletter you will read about water: 1) The Sixth Great Lake is the groundwater underneath the Great Lakes Watershed, 2) World Water Day was on March 22nd with the theme of “Water for All”, 3) Adopt-A-Storm Drain and help keep our waterways clean, and 4) help slow down stormwater runoff by installing a rain barrel and/or planting a rain garden. Water is key to life and this month people are encouraged to consider the statement “All for water and water for all!”
April - In this month's Newsletter you will read about soil stabilization and why the use of temporary mulch is an important part of the stabilization process. You can also read about microplastics in groundwater and the air. Finally, if you like to go to the movies at Linway Cinema make sure you arrive early to check out the Stormwater PSA.
May - 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.
June - 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.
July - In this month’s Newsletter read about how Indiana’s stormwater regulations have only changed once since August 2003 and yet they are a way to keep America the Beautiful, beautiful. Learn about the beautiful and beastly sides of fireworks. Lastly, read about the 11 times the Elkhart River has reached minor flood stage since October 2007, and how you can use a free, online tool called My RainReady, to help determine the potential flooding risks for your property.
August - In this month's Newsletter read about why it is important for City employees (anyone actually) to do routine inspections of areas and equipment exposed to stormwater to help reduce stormwater pollution and about the growing threat of urban flooding outside of the typical flood risk areas.

2018

January - Find out the reason behind the Stormwater Toolbox Newsletter and about an upcoming Stormwater Survey that will help direct the Stormwater Department's educational focus for 2018. You will also learn which City employee received the Stormwater Hunter of the Year award.
February - This month's Stormwater Toolbox Newsletter points readers towards the thought that storm drains are the mouths of the Elkhart River and other local waterways. Additionally, it talks about what's in stormwater runoff and how you only had to look to the recent floodwaters to see the answer. Due to the historic flooding, the Stormwater Survey will be released in an upcoming edition of the Stormwater Toolbox Newsletter.
March - In this month's Stormwater Toolbox Newsletter, the Goshen Stormwater Department is requesting your help on where our educational efforts should be focused this year. Please take our Survey and leave some feedback while you are there. Additionally, you can learn a bit more about February’s historic flood event and how to help slow down stormwater runoff during future rain events. 
April - In this month's Stormwater Toolbox Newsletter you can read about steps to take if you or your employees work outside in order to keep stormwater runoff clean. These same steps can be followed where you live as well. Additionally, this month's Newsletter touches on one of the more visible stormwater pollutants: Trash. Find out some quick ways you can help to keep our local community clean by picking up any trash you see.
May - No Stormwater Toolbox Newsletter this month.
June - In this month's Stormwater Toolbox Newsletter you can read about the 2018 Stormwater Survey results, the Stormwater Rule of Thumb, and why plastic pollution is a major water quality issue today and how, here in Goshen, we are connected to the world's oceans.
July - In this month's Stormwater Toolbox Newsletter you can read about the best practices to use during power washing, why chlorinated water from pools cannot be discharged to storm drains, and a new incentive program being offered by the Greater Elkhart County Stormwater Partnership to support local school field trips.
August - In this month's Stormwater Toolbox 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.
September - In this month's Stormwater Toolbox 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.
October - In this month's Stormwater Toolbox Newsletter you can read about how water drains through Elkhart County and the three watersheds and one continental divide that exists in our County. You will also see how the landscape throughout Elkhart County changes from the higher hills of Bristol to the floodplains along the Elkhart and St. Joseph Rivers. You can also read about how leaves are the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde of Autumn.
November - In this month's Stormwater Toolbox Newsletter you can read about what stormwater basins are and why they are important for managing stormwater runoff. The second page issues a warning about FOG (fats, oils, and grease) and the negative impacts it can have on sanitary sewers and water quality if disposed of incorrectly.
December - In this month's Stormwater Toolbox Newsletter you can read about two topics. The first topic is on an issue called Freshwater Salinization Syndrome, which is the name given to the rising issue of too much salt in our freshwater resources and why this is not a good thing. For more information on salt pollution, click here. The second topic is on why wetlands are important to our everyday lives and how human activities over the past 200 years have reduced wetland acreage throughout our country with 85% Indiana’s wetlands drained, plowed under, or paved over.

2017

January - Find a refresher on why the City of Goshen is considered an MS4 and find out who the Stormwater Hunter of 2016 is. The Greater Elkhart County Stormwater Partnership is also looking for pictures for the 2018-2019 Elkhart County Waters calendar. (Spanish)
February - Find out what steps to follow on small construction projects to prevent stormwater pollution and learn about what can and cannot be dumped down a drain (storm, kitchen, and bathroom).
March - Spills happen sometimes when fueling your vehicle so check out this month’s Stormwater Toolbox Newsletter for a few tips on what to do if you find yourself in a spill situation. You can also participate in Mayor Stutsman’s Year of Goodness by picking up trash or by adopting a storm drain.
April - When open dumpsters mix with rain or melting snow it results in something called "dumpster tea" and it is not something you want to drink or put into the environment. In this month's Newsletter, you will find what steps to take to make sure dumpster tea is not on the menu the next time you take out the trash. Also, read about the connection between the application of fertilizer and pesticides, and how they can negatively affect water quality.
May - Sediment is a major pollutant in our waterways worldwide and we must do all we can to prevent it from getting there. One way to do this is to put inlet protection measures on storm drains and you can find out one method in this month's Newsletter. Another pollutant of concern is grass clippings and if they reach a storm drain they can create both water quality and drainage issues.
June - The City of Goshen uses secondary containment measures at City facilities to prevent stormwater pollution. You can also find out more about why fireworks, even though they are beautiful, can harm the water quality of our waterways.
July - Everyone has a part to play in keeping our local waterways clean. See how Goshen employees play a vital role in the Stormwater Pollution Prevention Teams at each municipal facility and to read about a clean-up day along Rock Run Creek held by a local non-profit group called The Rains.
August - Find out what the 7 steps to take are when responding and cleaning up a spill. Additionally, find out why Litter/Trash is a present day "Tragedy of the Commons" and what you can do to make sure litter/trash do not reach our local waterways.
September - Happy New Water Year! In this month's Newsletter, you can read about tips to take this fall to keep leaves from becoming a stormwater pollutant and what the past water year looked like.
October - Find out why trash and construction debris are two common stormwater pollutants from construction sites when they are not disposed of correctly. We also recognize the 45th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act and why it is important to protect our water resources. 
November - Thank you to all City of Goshen Employees for the work they do every day to minimize stormwater pollution. In turn, thank you to each resident of Goshen for doing some of these same things. As we enter the Holiday Season it is important to prevent issues with F.O.G. and this month you can read about how Thanksgiving and Stormwater are connected.
December - Find out what happened this year in the world of stormwater both locally and globally and a small preview of what is to come in 2018 as you read this month's Newsletter. Additionally, we here at the Goshen Stormwater Department would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Peace to All.

2016

January - When it Snows the City Street Department's snow plows are sure to follow.
February - Stormwater pollution during winter months.
March - Sediment is a problem for local water quality.
April - No Newsletter
May - Trash in our local waterways is a problem and grass clippings are a stormwater pollutant of concern. 
June - Car washing can affect our local waterways and cigarette butts are a stormwater pollutant of concern.
July - Eutrophication and how you can prevent it and Clear Choices Clean Water.
August - Household Hazardous Waste and what to do with it, Top Ten Stormwater Myths and the truths behind them, and August is National Water Quality Month.
September - Stormwater Tips for the Fall and How You Can Help Prevent Stormwater Pollution.
October - Happy New Water Year! Find out what the celebration is all about and why trees are important in reducing the impact of stormwater runoff.
November - Winter is coming and those areas of bare soil need some cover. Learn more about why any cover is better than none. The Great Lakes are a wonderful treasure but we are filling them with an unknown plastic pollutant: microfibers. (Spanish)
December - Electronic waste or e-waste is a major source of soil and water pollution and food and beverage packaging is a major source of waterborne trash. Learn more about how to reduce and eliminate these sources of pollution in this month's Newsletter.

2015

May - Introduction of the City Stormwater Staff.
June - IDEM Audit date finalized and storm drain markers installed in Downtown Goshen.
July - Fireworks, are beautiful but they can create stormwater issues. Grass clippings and why it is important to keep them in your yard.
August - Find out what to do if your vehicle is leaking and why it is important to fix leaks right away.
September - Find out what a watershed is and the threats the Great Lakes faces today and into the future.
October - No Newsletter
November - Happy New Water Year! Only you can prevent threats to the Great Lakes.
December - The 12 Clogs of Christmas and the Great Stormwater Hunt of 2015.

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