The Goshen Waste Water Plant staff has issued a warning, as required by law, that untreated storm water has been released to the Elkhart River.
The alert was triggered when e-coli bacteria levels in the released water exceeded set water quality standards. E-coli can cause gastrointestinal problems for humans.
Areas downstream from the plant that may be impacted by e-coli are Ox Bow County Park and any areas bordering the Elkhart River from Indiana Avenue downstream to C.R. 17, according to the staff.
The city has a storm water detention facility and recent rainfall caused excess storm water, which may be mixed with some sanitary sewage, to be released.
According to the waste water plant staff, bacteria levels in the river can rise for several days following a discharge.