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BRUSH TRAILER PROGRAM

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

The brush trailer program this year will begin Monday, April 13 and will run through October 23. The trailer can be reserved for the removal of large amounts of brush.  If a homeowner is trimming his own bushes or trees, they can schedule a trailer to be dropped off to put their brush in. This... more

TESTING SITES AND THE CARES ACT

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

The following is a message by the Elkhart County Health Department. Haga click aqui para ver el comunicado de prensa en español. Incident Command has been asked to share where testing sites are and if the person being tested would be charged for the test being processed. It is still required... more

CITY OFFICES CLOSED FRIDAY, APRIL 10

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

City offices will be closed Friday, April 10 after 1 p.m. If you need to speak with a City staff person, please call Friday before 1 p.m. or Monday, April 13. As a reminder, City buildings remain closed to the public and some staff may not be working due to measures taken by the City to help... more

Upcoming Events All »

Board of Public Works & Safety & Stormwater

Monday, April 13, 2020, 2:00pm

Redevelopment Commission

Tuesday, April 14, 2020, 3:00pm

CANCELED–Community Relations Commission

Tuesday, April 14, 2020, 7:00pm

Who We Are

Origins of the Department of Stormwater Management

The Goshen Department of Stormwater Management was established by Ordinance 4295 in May of 2005, in order to comply with the requirements of Indiana’s stormwater general permit rule, also known as Rule 13, which was put in place to comply with the Phase II requirements of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program, which is part of the Clean Water Act.

Who Manages Stormwater?

Jason Kauffman is the City’s Stormwater Coordinator and works to manage the City's Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) program. If you have a question or concern you can reach him at 574-537-3832 or jasonkauffman@goshencity.com.

Dustin Sailor serves as the City’s Stormwater Superintendent and as the City’s Utility Engineer. His efforts go towards planning, design, and management of construction project dealing with stormwater and utility infrastructure throughout the City.

 

This department is overseen by a three-member Board of Directors who are Mayor Jeremy Stutsman, Mitchell Day, and Michael Landis. The meetings of the Stormwater Management Board are held in conjunction with the Goshen Board of Public Works and Safety meetings, which are typically held every Monday at 2:00 p.m. in the City Court Room/Council Chambers at the Goshen Police & Court Building located at 111 East Jefferson Street, Goshen, Indiana.


The Goshen Department of Stormwater Management is located at 204 East Jefferson Street, which is on the southeast corner of the Jefferson and 5th Streets intersection, in the building that used to be Goshen High School.

Why does Goshen need a Department of Stormwater Management?

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) now considers pollution contained in stormwater runoff to be one of the most significant sources of contamination in our nation’s waterways. To help reduce stormwater pollution, the EPA, in 1990, established rules to ensure that larger cities create programs, policies, and rules at the local level to minimize stormwater pollution. In the late 1990s the EPA applied these stormwater rules nationwide to communities like ours and other densely populated areas. Thus, the primary role of the Stormwater Management Department is to ensure that the City of Goshen identifies pollutant sources and develops and implements plans to eliminate or minimize the impacts of these pollutants. Additionally, the Stormwater Management Department strives to lessen the impact of stormwater on our local groundwater resources, streams, and rivers. By doing these things the Department of Stormwater Management ensures that the City of Goshen is meeting state and federal stormwater requirements.

How is the Department of Stormwater Management paid for?

The budget for the Department of Stormwater Management comes from a semi-annual fee added to all property tax bills. All residential parcels pay $15.00 per year to support the program and non-residential parcels pay $15.00 per 3,600 square feet of impervious surface (hard surface areas that won't absorb stormwater such as driveways, rooftops, and sidewalks). The City's authority for collecting this fee is found in Resolution 2006-1, Ordinance 4624, and Ordinance 4712.

Greater Elkhart County Stormwater Partnership

The City of Goshen is not the only MS4 community in Elkhart County. The Town of Bristol, City of Elkhart, and Elkhart County are also identified as MS4 communities. Together these communities decided to enter into a cooperative agreement to coordinate MS4 activities throughout Elkhart County and formed the Greater Elkhart County Stormwater Partnership in May 2005.

This Partnership allows each MS4 community to:

  1. Receive a greater return for the money invested,
  2. Ensure equal program 1)implementation throughout Elkhart County in order to prevent development from moving outside of one community or another due to different regulations/enforcement, AND
  3. To work towards the primary goal of clean water for everyone.

For more information on the Greater Elkhart County Stormwater Partnership visit their website at www.stormwaterelkco.org or call John Heiliger, Partnership Stormwater Coordinator, at 574-971-4678.