With a series of posters and advertisements telling businesses how to prevent water pollution, Bellevue earned first place in a national communications competition.
"Nothing but rain down the storm drain," the posters and ads warn, with photographs illustrating where car wash soap and cleaning materials should and shouldn't be disposed. Water that goes into storm drains flows straight into local waterways, so any pollutants from cars, yard chemicals and pet waste on driveways and streets are problems.
The National Association of Flood and Stormwater Management Agencies, which advocates for flood prevention and stormwater management, issued the award. The posters and the ads, which ran in local newspapers, were created for the Utilities Department by Vivitiv, a Seattle-based graphic design firm. A DVD of the posters will be shared with other local governments, federal agencies and communities across the country.
Utilities outreach and education projects are also featured in this year's "Big Book of Green Design," a book published by HarperCollins that showcases worldwide examples of environmentally-friendly graphic design. In addition to the stormwater posters, "A Smaller Footprint" pledge book with the Carbon Yeti mascot and a food waste recycling promotion got in the book.
This fall, Bellevue began participating in a regional stormwater prevention campaign called, "Puget Sound Starts Here." Sponsored by a coalition of more than 300 municipalities and other organizations, the campaign supports the message that the Sound's problems start in our backyards and neighborhood streets.
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