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Port receives funding to fight storm water pollution

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Port receives funding to fight storm water pollution

KGMI News Reporting
By Karen Taylor

BELLINGHAM, Wash. – The Port of Bellingham is getting $2.5 million from the state to help fight storm water runoff pollution.

Sandy Howard with the Washington State Ecology Department says this is part of a new $100 million state fund called the Environment Legacy Stewardship Account.

Play Sandy Howard on storm water fund

The 117 cities and counties required to have municipal storm water permits are eligible, including Whatcom and Skagit County, Bellingham, Ferndale and Sedro Woolley.

Each county and city will get a $50,000 grant to help run their storm water programs.

They can also get up to $120,000 to design new or improved runoff construction projects.

The money comes from a one time transfer of state and local money collected from taxes on hazardous materials.