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Tentative dates for Norfolk Southern railroad crossing closures announced

Thursday, July 11, 2024

The City of Goshen’s Engineering Department announced during Thursday’s Board of Works meeting a tentative timeline for the upcoming railroad crossing closures by Norfolk Southern. The City’s engineering department has been in communication with Norfolk Southern since the city was notified last week... more

Update on upcoming Norfolk Southern crossing closures

Wednesday, July 3, 2024

Last week, the City of Goshen informed residents that Norfolk Southern plans to close several crossings throughout the month of July to install new rails with an approximate start date of July 8th. The work is now expected to begin on Tuesday, July 9th, or Wednesday, July 10th, and will continue through... more

Notice of Adoption of Ordinance 5185, An Ordinance of the Common Council of the City of Goshen to Establish a Process to Address Chronic Disorderly Properties

Wednesday, July 3, 2024

Ordinance 5185, An Ordinance of the Common Council of the City of Goshen to Establish a Process to Address Chronic Disorderly Properties, was passed by the Goshen Common Council on June 10, 2024, and approved and adopted by Mayor Leichty on June 28, 2024. Ordinance 5185 establishes a regulatory framework... more

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CANCELLED City Council

Monday, July 22, 2024, 6:00pm

To view a live stream of this meeting, go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81652777559 or call +1 305 224 1968, Webinar ID: 816 5277 7559. Comments are no longer taken online. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81652777559

Shade Tree Board

Monday, July 22, 2024, 7:00pm

This meeting is in-person only.

Board of Zoning Appeals

Tuesday, July 23, 2024, 4:00pm

To view the webinar, please copy and paste this link on your browser: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89051557762 Or call: (301) 715-8592 or 312 626 6799 Webinar ID: 890 5155 7762

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, to comply with the requirements of Indiana’s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer General Permit (MS4GP), which was put in place to comply with the Clean Water Act's Phase II requirements of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program. 

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 stormwater management is "Clean Water for Everyone and Everything". 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 local waterways.

Who Manages Stormwater?

Stormwater Coordinator - 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.

Stormwater Specialist - Ryan Miller is the City's Stormwater Specialist. Ryan 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 him at 574-533-8733 or ryanmiller@goshencity.com.

 

City Employees - City employees play a critical role in protecting our local water resources as the work they carry out on a day-to-day basis can have an impact on stormwater runoff. They follow specific good housekeeping and pollution prevention measures to ensure municipal activities do not have a negative impact. City employees are encouraged to notify the Stormwater Department if they see something other than rain going down the storm drain.

Director of Public Works/Stormwater Superintendent - Dustin Sailor serves as the City’s Stormwater Superintendent and Director of Public Works. His efforts go towards planning, design, and management of construction projects dealing with stormwater and utility infrastructure throughout the City.

This department is overseen by a three-member Board of Directors who are Mayor Gina Leichty, 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 held the first, second, fourth, and fifth Thursdays at 4:00 p.m. in the City Court Room/Council Chambers at the Goshen Police & Court Building located at 111 East Jefferson Street, Goshen, Indiana. (Click here to find a more detailed calendar.)


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 implementation throughout Elkhart County, AND
  3. To work towards the primary goal of clean water for everyone.

For more information on the Greater Elkhart County Stormwater Partnership check out the information page on the Elkhart County Soil and Water Conservation District page https://www.elkcoswcd.org/stormwater-partnership/ or call John Heiliger, Partnership Stormwater Coordinator, at 574-971-4678.