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SSJID may join storm water education effort

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POSTED January 26, 2009 12:32 a.m.
Fifth graders in Manteca schools may soon learn about storm water quality and facts.
It is all part of an effort to educate the public about the importance of keeping everything from chemicals, soap and trash out of gutters that flow into storm drains.
Keeping water that makes its way into the City of Manteca storm run-off system pollution free is critical to protect fish and water quality in the San Joaquin River.
The city’s system is tied into the South San Joaquin Irrigation District canals which in turn take run-off to the San Joaquin River.
The SSJID board Tuesday will consider partnering with the city in an outreach effort to educate the public as required by state and federal regulators. The partnership will cost the SSJID some $11,000. The board meets Tuesday at 9 a.m. at the district office, 11011 East Highway 120.
Other facets of the program are:
• teaming with the City of Manteca to man information booths at the Crossroads Street Fair in April and the Pumpkin Fair in October.
• inserting a storm water newsletter once a year with the monthly municipal utility bills.
• a three-month subscription to a service that will allow those who click on to the city website to take a question and answer survey on storm water quality.
• a 30-second cinema advertisement at the Kerasotes Showplace 16.
• Placing additional storm markers at drain outlets. Scouts so far have placed 300 such markers throughout Manteca advising people what goes down the drain flows into the Delta.
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