Select a Section

News & Updates All »

Mayor Leichty honored to host Governor Holcomb and the Indiana Economic Development Corporation

Thursday, September 21, 2023

The City of Goshen and the Goshen Chamber of Commerce yesterday hosted Governor Eric Holcomb and the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC). The board had a series of meetings as part of their quarterly business event followed by a public session at the Goshen Theater with more... more

Goshen recognized for outstanding environmental planning

Wednesday, September 20, 2023

The Indiana Association of Floodplain and Stormwater Managers (INAFSM) awarded the City of Goshen the Outstanding Floodplain Project Award for creating and implementing the Goshen Flood Resilience Plan during its annual conference last week.   The annual statewide award recognizes an outstanding... more

Final brush collection of 2023

Tuesday, September 19, 2023

The final brush pickup of the year will begin the week of September 25, 2023. During scheduled brush collections, the Street Department will make only one pass through the city to pick up brush. Please have your brush by the front curb, but not in the street, by 7:00 a.m. in the morning on... more

Upcoming Events All »

FINAL Summer Brush Collection

Monday, September 25, 2023

Board of Works

Monday, September 25, 2023, 2:00pm

To join the webinar please copy and paste this link on your browser: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82986722338 or call 309-205-3325. Webinar ID: 829 8672 2338. Comments are no longer taken online.

Shade Tree Board

Monday, September 25, 2023, 7:00pm

This meeting is in-person only.

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.

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.

 

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 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.