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2021 ARBOR DAY

Thursday, April 22, 2021

White Dogwood As a Goshen resident you are invited to call and reserve a free bare-root tree in honor of Arbor Day. The Arbor Day celebration is one of many activities that the City of Goshen’s Tree Board plans each year. The resident-based Tree Board was established over 20 years ago to promote... more

2021 Beautify Goshen Week

Thursday, April 22, 2021

In conjunction with the Goshen Chamber of Commerce’s “Beautify Goshen” Week, the Goshen Street Department will be making additional disposal services available to assist city residents in their “Beautify Goshen” tasks. This free service is offered only during the first full week in May... more

2021 SPRING BRUSH AND LEAF COLLECTION

Thursday, April 22, 2021

The Goshen Street Department will begin its spring brush and leaf collection on April 26th and it will run until May 8th.During this first collection the street department will pick up both leaves and brush. Please have the brush and leaves out before the start date to ensure pick up. Because... more

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Spring brush and leaf collection

Monday, April 26, 2021

During this first collection we will pick up both leaves and brush. Please have the brush and leaves out before the start date to ensure pick up.

Board of Works & Safety & Stormwater Board

Monday, April 26, 2021, 2:00pm

Please click the link below to join the webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88677698824 Or Telephone: (301) 715-8592 or 312 626 6799 Webinar ID: 886 7769 8824 Dial *9 to "raise hand" and speak during public comment

Shade Tree Board

Monday, April 26, 2021, 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.

What We Do

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.

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.

Mattie Lehman is the City's Stormwater Specialist. Mattie conducts erosion and sediment control inspections at construction sites and works to assist in carrying out the goals and requirements of the MS4 program. You can reach her at 574-537-3818 or mattielehman@goshencity.com.

 

This department is overseen by a three-member Board of Directors who are Mayor Jeremy Stutsman, Mary Nichols, 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 part of the Goshen Engineering Department and is located at 204 East Jefferson Street (on the southeast corner of the Jefferson and 5th Streets intersection), which used to be the old 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.