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Thursday, February 15, 2018

The Goshen Common Council will hold a public hearing at which users of the Goshen Sewer Utility, owners of property served or to be served by the Goshen Sewer Utility, and other interested persons may be heard concerning an ordinance to establish a schedule of rates and charges for services of the Goshen... more


Thursday, February 15, 2018

The Goshen Common Council will hold a public hearing at its regular meeting on March 20, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at which users of the Goshen Water Utility, owners of property served or to be served by the Goshen Water Utility, and other interested persons may be heard concerning an ordinance to establish... more

Interurban Trolley Suspending Service at 6 p.m.

Friday, February 9, 2018

NOTE: The following is a message from the Michiana Area Council of Governments' Interurban Trolley: Due to the current weather conditions we are suspending service on the Interurban Trolley and Interurban Trolley ADA Access Service at 6 p.m. The Interurban Trolley and Interurban Trolley ADA... more

Upcoming Events All »

Park Board meeting

Today, 5:30pm

Plan Commission Meeting

Tuesday, February 20, 2018, 4:00pm

City Council meeting

Tuesday, February 20, 2018, 7:00pm

Stormwater Management


Welcome to the Goshen Department of Stormwater Management

Stormwater runoff from snomelt running into a storm drain.

(Above picture: Stormwater runoff from snowmelt flowing into a storm drain. Please keep storm drains clear of fallen leaves and ice 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

  • The highs and lows of human life end up in museums around the world. Now a piece of a famous "fatberg" that clogged a London, England, sewer back in September of 2017, is on display for educational purposes.
  • What is the connection between ground water and the Clean Water Act? The answer is called the "conduit theory" and how it is interpreted from a legal standpoint is confusing. Two different court cases have ruled in opposite directions and are pitting Law vs. Nature. Yet, no matter what the courts decide, it is clear that ground water and surface water are connected so if polluted water is pumped into the ground it will eventually reach a surface water nearby. For a more detailed discussion click here. (February 9, 2018)
  • The Waters of the United State rule (WOTUS), which was passed in 2015, will now not be implemented until 2020 according to the EPA and USACOE. The need to clarify which wetlands and streams are regulated under the Clean Water Act is important and past Supreme Court rulings have caused some confusion. (February 6, 2018)
  • Governors have begun giving their State of the State speeches and some are focusing on water infrastructure as a priority including Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb. (January 16, 2018)
  • See Deb Jimison, Elkhart County SWCD Conservationist, talk about rain barrels and explain how Elkhart County residents can take advantage of an incentive program and workshops to learn more about rain barrels. (January 16, 2018)
  • Salt Pollution in our nation's rivers and streams is increasing a new study released just this week says. The sources of this increasing salinity (saltiness) are salt use on winter roads for safety, fertilizers, mining waste, and the weathering of concrete, rocks, and soil. The increased salinity of our waterways poses risks to drinking-water and our nation's pipe infrastructure. The good thing is there are solutions as the people of the southwest can show us since the salinity of their waterways has decreased over time. (January 10, 2018)
  • Here are two excellent videos talking about farmlands and water quality and what can and is being done on these lands to protect water quality. Conservation practices like vegetated buffers and wetland preservation are extremely important to protect water quality. These practices can also be used in urban areas to protect water quality. We all have a part to play! (January 8, 2018) 
  • A study published in March 2017 described research on how stormwater ponds do not effectively remove road salts and other chemicals from stormwater runoff. Eventually, the salt and other chemicals reach surface water through the ground water. More research is needed! (January 4, 2018)
  • Pain-killers, medications, and illicit drugs are found in the Great Lakes ecosystem and can harm the fish and insects that call the water home. Please make sure to dispose of expired or unused drugs properly by dropping them off in the lobby of the Goshen Police Station or any other local police station. (January 4, 2018)
  • Come learn about rain barrels and build one at the same time on Saturday, February 3rd at the Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds. Rain barrels help to slow down stormwater runoff from your house and it is a great way to harvest free water from the sky for your flowers. Click here for more information and how to register; space is limited. (January 4, 2018)

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

Stormwater Toolbox Newsletter

January 2018: This month's Newsletter explains the reason behind the Newsletter and points towards an upcoming Stormwater Quiz that will help determine the Stormwater Department's educational focus for 2018. Finally, it highlights the Stormwater Hunter of the Year: Maynard Hartsough. 

December 2017: This month's Newsletter is a Review of all that has happened in the world of stormwater both locally and globally in 2017 and a small Preview of what is to come in 2018. Additionally, we here at the Goshen Stormwater Department would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Peace to All.

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 - Wednesday, February 14th at 1:00 pm at the Elkhart County Public Services Building (4230 Elkhart Road, Goshen, IN 46526) (PLEASE NOTE: The new date. The MS4 Advisory Board will now be meeting on the second Wednesday of every month.)
  • Partnership Stormwater Board Meeting - Monday, February 26th, at 9:00 am at the County Administration Building (117 N. Second Street, Goshen, IN 46526)