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NEW PARKS & RECREATION OFFICE TO OPEN MONDAY

Thursday, February 21, 2019

The new office will be located at 524 E. Jackson St. across from the Water Tower Park along S. Ninth Street. The Goshen Parks & Recreation Department offices will now be located at 524 E. Jackson St., across from the Water Tower Park as of Monday, February 25. Parking is available across... more

GOSHEN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

The Goshen Economic Development Commission ("Commission") will hold a public hearing at 2:30 p.m. on March 12, 2019, in the City Court Room/ Council Chambers at the Goshen Police & Court Building, 111 East Jefferson Street, Goshen, Indiana, regarding the issuance and funding of its Taxable Economic... more

CRC SEEKING DIALOGUE FACILITATOR

Monday, February 18, 2019

The Community Relations Commission and Goshen Community Schools are looking for a dialogue facilitator who can help coordinate a series of meetings or events that bring diverse groups of people together to have conversations and share food. Read the full request for proposals here. Those interested... more

Upcoming Events All »

Board of Public Works & Safety & Stormwater

Monday, February 25, 2019, 2:00pm

Shade Tree Board meeting

Monday, February 25, 2019, 7:00pm

Board of Zoning Appeals Meeting

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

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 of 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 1990’s 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 ground water 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 Ryan Clussman, Partnership Stormwater Coordinator, at 574-534-9394.