Yuma pondering Dark Skies ordinance

By Mike Sunnucks | Rose Law Group Reporter

Yuma County is taking a fresh look at a dark skies ordinance for the eastern parts of the county.

Dark skies ordinances aim to reduce light pollution and requires certain lighting to help residents and astronomers see the stars at night.

The Yuma Board of Supervisors has instructed staff to take a new look at a dark skies measure. The Board will be briefed on the proposal at it March 9th meeting. The plan would limit lighting east of Foothills Boulevard and in the Martinez Lake area. It would also regulate how lighting is installed and what kind of bulbs are used in order to reduce ‘light pollution’.

Yuma County looked at a dark skies ordinance back in 2006. Pima County, Tucson and Sedona also have rules and ordinances in place aimed at reducing lighting at night to enable and encourage astronomy.

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