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ANNUAL FIDLER POND FISHING DERBY RETURNS FOR ANOTHER YEAR

Wednesday, May 29, 2024

The Goshen Parks and Recreation Department will once again hold its annual Fidler Pond's Fantastic Fishing Derby for kids on Saturday, June 8, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Fidler Pond Park, 1424 Lincolnway East. Awards will be given to participants ages 3-17 for the first fish caught, the smallest... more

City of Goshen to begin next phase of water service line inventory

Tuesday, May 28, 2024

On behalf of the City of Goshen Water Utility, the State of Indiana has contracted with Abonmarche Consultants to excavate potholes, small holes 1 to 2 feet in diameter, to uncover and verify the pipe material of water service lines at selected residences and commercial properties throughout the City.   The... more

Road Closure at 412 & 414 N. Riverside St. between Division St and Wilkinson St. 

Tuesday, May 28, 2024

  The City of Goshen Water and Sewer Department will be installing a sewer tap at 412 & 414 N. Riverside St. between Division St and Wilkinson St. The work will require excavation of the road, with a trench that will be approximately 14 feet in depth.  For the safety of the work crews and... more

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Board of Works

Today, 4:00pm

To join the webinar please copy and paste this link on your browser: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88469251269

Park Board Meeting

Monday, June 3, 2024, 4:00pm

Public may join in person or virtually by following this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89736482570

Downtown Goshen Economic Improvement District

Thursday, June 6, 2024, 7:45am

The regular meetings of the Downtown Goshen Economic Improvement District Board will take place on the first Thursday of each month, excepting July, as set forth in the schedule below. The meetings will be held in the conference room located in Goshen City Hall at 202 South 5th Street, Goshen, Indiana. All meetings of the Goshen Downtown Economic Improvement District Board are open to the public with the exception of an executive session that may be held as authorized by Indiana Code §5-14-1.5-6.1. The Board may schedule meetings in addition to those listed above as necessary, subject to public notice requirements.

Water Quality Data

Long-term Trends in Water Quality (2010-2021) of Elkhart County Waterways Report

Our Water

Many waterways in Elkhart County contain elevated levels of E. coli. The Elkhart River regularly tests above safe levels and most of its tributaries contain even higher levels, with the exception of Christiana Creek. For this reason, it is not recommended to swim in the Elkhart River or its tributaries after heavy rainfall, when E. coli levels are highest. Outside of these times, showering after swimming is recommended to wash off potential residual contaminants. Heaton Lake and Simonton Lake also contain somewhat elevated levels of E. coli but are usually within safe limits and are regularly used for recreation. 

Exact levels of E. coli in each waterway naturally vary from day to day and year to year, depending on rainfall and other factors. However, there has been no sustained decrease in E. coli levels since sampling began.

Surface Water Monitoring Program

Since 2005, Elkhart County and the City of Goshen have conducted research into the pollution levels of the waterways in Elkhart County. Water samples are taken by the Elkhart County Health Department on a regular basis from the Elkhart and St. Joseph Rivers, along with several local lakes and a selection of streams and canals which flow into one or both rivers. A full list of sampling sites can be found here.

Understanding Water Quality Indicators

Samples are analyzed for various indicators of water quality, including E. coli content, suspended sediment, chemicals from fertilizer runoff, pH, dissolved oxygen, and temperature. Unnatural levels of suspended sediment, industrial chemicals, dissolved oxygen, temperatures, and pH can directly affect the ability of fish and other aquatic life to breathe, feed, and reproduce. Excess fertilizers specifically can cause harmful algal blooms, which you can read more about hereE. coli is a bacterium that can cause abdominal infections when ingested and usually enters waterways in stormwater containing fecal matter. While it does not generally hurt aquatic life, too much E. coli can make a body of water unsafe for human contact due to the risk of infection from even a small dose.

Sites are sampled at least 3 years in a row to identify trends in these water quality indicators. These trends are useful to identify high-risk bodies of water with elevated levels of a pollutant or unnatural and unhealthy levels of dissolved oxygen, pH, or temperature. Once identified, these waterways can be prioritized for needed intervention. Monitoring trends also allows us to document the success or failure of programs to improve water quality and can suggest a shift in strategy if results are not seen.

Raw data is provided for each year along with graphs and reports when available. Note: most of the data and graphs are also provided in an appendix of that year's report.

All Sampling Sites and Years

Long-Term Surface Water Quality Analysis Report - June 2021 - The St. Joseph River Basin Commission has published a report analyzing over a decade of water quality data collected by the Elkhart County Health Department as part of the Greater Elkhart County Stormwater Partnership’s long-term surface water monitoring program. The report focuses on long-term trends in water quality in major waterways throughout Elkhart County as well as comparisons of trends across testing sites. (Look for "GECSP Water Quality Report (2010-2021) Supplement 1; Supplement 2" under the "Additional Water Monitoring" section.)

Other Water Quality Reports

2016 Wellington Ditch Study

Wellington Ditch is a small drainage ditch that receives stormwater and industrial process water from buildings along College Avenue and 10th Street. Over the years the City has received many reports of discolored water in the ditch, and two fish kills have also been reported. In 2016, Goshen College students conducted research into possible biological and chemical causes for these events along with any potential upstream sources.

There have been two historic permit violations resulting in illicit discharges and reports of discoloration continue, but it appears that "several stressors on water quality have been reduced over the last decades." Fish are also regularly present, which indicates at least a basic level of water quality. Read the full report below for more information:

Biological Monitoring

2020 Fish Community Monitoring Report - During 2020, the Elkhart River Dam in downtown Elkhart was removed and resulted in 14 fish species swimming upriver. One example is the Logperch, which swam 18 miles upstream to Shanklin Park in Goshen, IN, in August 2020.

2021 Aquatic Community Monitoring Annual Report 

 

Surface Water Monitoring Data

Reports prior to 2014 available at the Stormwater Department upon request.

Graphs (TSS & E. coli)

2014 Graphs

2016 Graphs

2017 Graphs

2018 Graphs

2019 Graphs

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Reports

2014 Report

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2016 Report

2017 Report

2018 Report

2019 Report

2020 Report

2021 Report

2022 Report

2023 Report

Data

2014 Data

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2022 Data