Friday, May 25, 2018
Date: Monday, May 28, 2018 Place: Police and Courts Building, Goshen, IN to Oakridge Cemetery As a combined project, the Goshen VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars), American Legion and DAV (Disabled American Veterans) are again this year, putting together the Memorial Day Observance. The day's events... more
Thursday, May 24, 2018
Hours of operation at the Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) in Elkhart and South Bend will change over the Memorial Day weekend. The changed hours for both recovery centers are as follows: Sunday & Monday, May 27 & 28: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The DRCs are at the following addresses: ELKHART... more
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
[caption id="attachment_1790" align="alignnone" width="625"] Mayor Jeremy Stutsman and current youth adviser Jason Barahona pose with the four youth adviser candidates at Goshen High School. Pictured, from left, are Felix Perez Diener, Ben Bontrager-Singer, Mayor Jeremy Stutsman, Youth Adviser Jason... more
The City of Goshen strives to improve water quality within the community. City staff are regularly trained about stormwater pollutants and how they can improve water quality through application of best management practices in municipal operations. City staff can only do so much on their own. To truly minimize our community’s impact on stormwater, City residents and businesses within the City must work together to protect our water resources.
Everyday activities in a community with 32,000 residents provide opportunities for stormwater education. The Goshen Stormwater Department frequently receives calls and e-mails about people placing their grass clippings in the curb line, construction projects tracking soil into the street, and concerns about vehicles leaking oils and other fluids. Stormwater staff responds to these complaints and in most cases provides education to help minimize the stormwater impact. Educational resources used in these one-on-one site visits are:
Leftover household products that contain corrosive, toxic or reactive ingredients are considered to be "household hazardous waste" (HHW). HHW includes products such as oil-based paints, cleaners, oils, Ni-Cad/Lithium batteries, unused or expired medications, pesticides, or other items that contain potentially hazardous ingredients. These products are safe to use when you follow the manufacturer's instructions, but they require special handling when you are ready to dispose of them. If disposed of improperly, these wastes can pollute the environment and they can pose a threat to human health. HHW should not be poured down the drain, on the ground, or into storm sewers.
For more information on how to properly dispose of HHW and unused, unwanted, or expired medications click here.
My RainReady is a free, online tool that helps homeowners get ready for rain in a time of climate change. Developed by the Center for Neighborhood Technology, My RainReady offers step-by-step guidance to help evaluate the flooding risks of your home, and find the best means of reducing the risk of flood damage. After answering a series of guided questions, My RainReady will provide a customized report that suggests a mix of home maintenance and DIY improvements, landscaping and construction options, and flood preparedness actions. My RainReady does not collect or share any information about you or your building.
Rain barrels and rain gardens are important stormwater training tools that allow residents to reuse stormwater to water their plants and reduce stormwater runoff into the community’s sanitary and storm sewers. To encourage the installation of rain barrels and rain gardens, the Greater Elkhart County Stormwater Partnership offers an incentive program where eligible homeowners can receive up to $250 towards the planting of native rain garden plants and/or $50 towards the construction of a rain barrel (maximum of two rain barrels per property). To be eligible to receive the reimbursement, participants must live in the Cities of Elkhart or Goshen, the Town of Bristol, or the unincorporated areas of Elkhart County and must attend a short evening class hosted by the Elkhart County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD). To obtain more information about this program, click here.
In 2016 local artists painted eight (8) storm drain art murals along a 1.2 mile stretch of downtown streets. The focus is to raise public awareness that storm drains need to be protected from pollutants that damage the waters that they flow into and to have some fun in the process. If you are interested in learning more about this project and to see the final murals click here.
The Stormwater Partnership develops and publishes bi-annual stormwater calendars containing educational information on many different themes like watersheds, trees and stormwater, household hazardous waste and medication disposal, and much more. These calendars are distributed freely throughout the community and the Stormwater Partnership is happy to announce the 2018-2019 Calendar has gone to the printers and will be made available to the public sometime in November. Here is the cover:
For information on past stormwater news articles check out the Stormwater News Archive.
If you are interested in learning more about stormwater and topics of concern make sure to check out the monthly Stormwater Toolbox Newsletter. The Stormwater Department is always interested in suggestions on topics or issues you might like to know more about and you can email Jason Kauffman with suggestions.
The Greater Elkhart County Stormwater Partnership has joined with a number of other MS4 Communities throughout the State of Indiana to create a series of stormwater education videos. Click here to see the following videos:
If you have ever wondered how much water you use daily the Water Footprint Calculator (English or Spanish) will help you estimate your total water usage both at home and virtually (e.g. in your food, the miles you drive in your car, etc.). The water our of the tap/faucet is just a tiny fraction of the water we use each day. "We have to think beyond just what's coming out of our tap and think of water as a kind of universal resource" - Peter Hanlon of the Grace Communications Foundation