Discover Pass helps reduce vandalism in Lower Valley

YAKIMA COUNTY, Wash. -- Two years after the Discover Pass was introduced at state parks. Action News learned it's been helping reduce vandalism in the Lower Valley.

For years, police grappled with vandalism around Buena Pond. But that all changed with the introduction of the Discover Pass in 2011.

Visitors at the pond will have to pay a hundred dollars if they're caught without the pass.

The possibility of being fined is keeping vandals away.

Since 2011, there's been a 50-percent drop in graffiti around the pond.

"Even though we might not catch them vandalizing the pond, it still costs money, so either they're going elsewhere or they're leaving our lands alone," said Richard Mann of the Department of Fish and Wildlife.

We're told a new set of security cameras has also helped reduce vandalism at the pond.