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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The Interurban Trolley fixed route service and the Interurban Trolley ADA Access service will not operate in Elkhart or Goshen on Thursday, November 23, 2017, due to the Thanksgiving Day holiday. Regular service will resume on Friday, November 24, 2017. In addition, the ADA Access Dispatch... more


Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The Interurban Trolley will sponsor its 12th annual “Can Do!” food drive beginning Monday, December 4, 2017, through Saturday, December 16, 2017, to benefit The Window in Goshen and Faith Mission of Elkhart. Containers will be placed on board each Trolley for the collection of non-perishable food... more

’Tis the Season concert to feature local artists; benefit local charities

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Following tradition, the sixth annual ’Tis the Season concert will feature local artists who hope to benefit local nonprofit organizations this holiday season. The concert, held at Ignition Music Garage (120 E. Washington St.) Saturday, December 2, is part of a celebration presented by the City... more

Upcoming Events All »

Board of Public Works & Safety & Stormwater

Monday, November 27, 2017, 2:00pm

Shade Tree Board meeting

Monday, November 27, 2017, 7:00pm

Goshen Housing Authority Board meeting

Tuesday, November 28, 2017, 7:00am

Stormwater Management


Welcome to the Goshen Department of Stormwater Management

A neighborhood storm drain with leaves in it during the fall.

(Above picture: A neighborhood storm drain with leaves in it during the fall. Please keep storm drains clear of fallen leaves over the next months to help prevent standing water issues on City streets. Thank you.) The Department of Stormwater Management is part of the Goshen Engineering Department and is located at 204 East Jefferson Street, Goshen, Indiana, which used to be the old Goshen High School.

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.

What is Stormwater?

Stormwater is water from snow and ice melting, as well as rainwater from storms. When rain or melting snow and ice fall or flow across natural surfaces like forests and grassy areas, most of it will soak into the soil. When it lands on streets, parking lots, and other hard surfaces, it runs off to another location like a storm drain or a local waterway.

What is Stormwater Pollution?

As stormwater flows (or snow melts), it picks up debris (such as trash, grass clippings, etc.), chemicals (such as fertilizers and pesticides), sediment, and other pollutants. This "contaminated" water then enters a storm sewer system and is eventually discharged to a local wetland, stream, or river.

Why is Stormwater Pollution a Concern? 

Within the City of Goshen and other urban areas, stormwater runoff comes from yards, roofs, driveways, parking lots, construction sites, and streets (these are all called hard surfaces except for yards), and flows into miles of storm sewers, swales, and ditches located under or next to our City streets and eventually reaches our local waterways. Stormwater picks up oil, grease, sediments, automotive fluids, trash, lawn chemicals, and other pollutants that are harmful to the environment and is often discharged/released to our local waterways untreated. Untreated stormwater affects our ability to use our local water bodies for drinking, fishing, and recreational purposes and it degrades fish and other aquatic habitats. The only way to lessen stormwater pollution is to reduce the amount of pollutants washed away by stormwater.

For more information on the origins of the Department of Stormwater Management and the Staff, click here.

Recent Stormwater News

  • An ancient tool can help communities reduce stormwater pollution. This ancient tool is the canopy of a tree! Click here to find out more why tree canopies are so helpful or just go out and stand under one during a rain shower. (November 21, 2017)
  • Recent research in the waterways of Puget Sound in Washington showed that up to 4 out of 10 coho salmon would die before they could spawn due to toxic stormwater runoff. The question we need to ask is What impact does stormwater runoff have on the fish and other aquatic wildlife in the Goshen area? (November 3, 2017)
  • Investing in nature to address the serious environmental and public health issue that is stormwater runoff is becoming more and more acceptable. Check out this article from Forbes about how investing in nature can be a triple win for cities, communities, and developers. (October 27, 2017)
  • The Greater Elkhart County Stormwater Partnership has released the 2018-2019 Elkhart County Waters: Why We Care Calendar. You can pick up your copy at downtown City offices, the Parks Department offices, and a number of local businesses. (October 23, 2017)
  • As the U.S. Department of Agriculture works to complete a new Farm Bill over the next coming year the American Water Works Association is pushing for programs to help farmers and water utilities work together to protect the nation's drinking water sources. (October 13, 2017)
  • Imagine A Day Without Water. What would be the first thing you would miss if water did not come out of the faucet when you turned it on? October 12th was the third annual Imagine a Day Without Water and you can learn more about it by clicking here. (October 13, 2017) 
  • Extreme floods and droughts get a lot of attention because of the damage and disruption they cause but the day to day changes in precipitation or lack of precipitation can also have a big impact. New research shows precipitation changes are occurring on a much smaller scale than previously understood. (September 26, 2017)
  • The New York Department of Environmental Protection along with the Water Research Foundation has released a report entitled Innovative and Integrated Stormwater Management, which examined a number of stormwater programs throughout the USA and from around the world. (September 26, 2017)
  • An accidental release of milk to the Cicero Creek in Tipton, IN, turned the creek white. State environmental officials indicated the release of the milk was not dangerous but it is considered an illicit discharge. An environmental cleanup company removed approximately 14,000 gallons of water and milk from the creek to cleanup the spill. (September 15, 2017) 
  • The development and paving over of wetlands and prairies around Huston, Texas, made the Hurricane Harvey disaster worse. Since the 1950's nearly 88 square miles of wetlands have disappeared. In comparison, the St. Joseph River Watershed (4,685 square miles) has lost approximately 53 percent of its pre-settlement wetlands. (August 31, 2017)

For additional stormwater and water quality related news visit the Stormwater News Archive.

Stormwater Toolbox Newsletter

November 2017: In this month’s Newsletter is a Thank You for all of the work City Employees do to prevent stormwater pollution during municipal activities. In turn, you as residents of the City of Goshen have done some of these same things and for that, the Stormwater Department extends its appreciation and thanks as well. On the second page you can read about how Thanksgiving and Stormwater are connected and what to do to prevent issues with F.O.G. during this Holiday Season.

October 2017: In this month's Newsletter, you can read about how trash and construction debris are two common stormwater pollutants from construction sites when they are not disposed of correctly. We also recognize the 45th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act and why it is important to protect our water resources.

To see past editions of the Stormwater Toolbox Newsletter click here.

Upcoming Meeting Dates

  • Goshen Stormwater Board - Every Monday at 2:00 pm in the Police/Courts Building (111 East Jefferson Street)
  • MS4 Advisory Board - Tuesday, November 21st at 1:00 pm at the Elkhart County Public Services Building (4230 Elkhart Road, Goshen, IN 46526)
  • Partnership Stormwater Board Meeting - Monday, November 27th at 9:00 am at the County Administration Building (117 N. Second Street, Goshen, IN 46526)