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Stormwater tips coming to a billboard near you

YAKIMA - By October nine billboards will dot the Yakima Valley landscape encouraging residents to think twice before dumping pollutants down stormwater drains.

That's the result of action taken this past Tuesday by Yakima County commissioners.

Rand Elliott is the commissioner representing an area that includes the Lower Valley, and he says the $4,200 price tag for the billboards will be paid by a state Department of Ecology grant.

Elliott says it's part of an educational campaign by a stormwater partnership that includes Sunnyside, Yakima, Yakima County and Union Gap.

All four entities are required by state law to tackle stormwater run-off. Elliott said the partners decided to work together to create a unified plan as a cost saving measure.

Education is part of the mandate each of the four partners face. Accordingly, the nine billboards will be distributed between the four partners, including one destined for Sunnyside.

"It's public awareness to improve the quality of water in conjunction with the stormwater plan, like what it does to the ecosystem if you change your oil and dump it," Elliott said.

The nine billboards will be leased with CBS Outdoor for about two months.

"We wanted to make sure the information got out there," said Elliott.

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