Sustainability and the Environment

Reminder: Deadline for Unocal clean-up comment period Monday

Reminder: Deadline for Unocal clean-up comment period Monday

Edmonds City Councilmember Diane Buckshnis wants to remind everyone that the deadline for commenting on the Unocal clean-up plan is Monday, Aug. 31, and asked us to share her comment with My Edmonds News readers. You can read Larry Vogel’s coverage of the Aug. 20 Ecology briefing on the project in Edmonds here  and watch our video of the presentation here. Comments can be emailed to David So... »

Chevron, Ecology Department brief public on remaining Unocal cleanup activities

Chevron, Ecology Department brief public on remaining Unocal cleanup activities

Officials from the Washington State Department of Ecology and Chevron Environmental Management Company (EMC) met with a crowd of more than 30 interested citizens in the Edmonds Library Plaza room on Thursday evening to provide information and answer questions about the ongoing clean-up activities at the former Unocal fuel terminal adjacent to the Edmonds Marsh and Marina Beach. The fuel terminal o... »

Reminder: Public meeting on Edmonds’ Unocal site cleanup Thursday

Reminder: Public meeting on Edmonds’ Unocal site cleanup Thursday

The owner of the former Unocal fuel terminal near the Edmonds waterfront would clean up the site’s last two contaminated areas next year, under a work plan proposed by the Washington Department of Ecology. Ecology is inviting people to a community meeting this Thursday, Aug. 20 in Edmonds about the proposed plan. The Unocal Edmonds Bulk Fuel Terminal, at 11720 Unoco Road, operated from 1923 to 199... »

Want to save water in the shower? Edmonds woman has a suggestion

Want to save water in the shower? Edmonds woman has a suggestion

Edmonds resident Linda Jewell Ross has a suggestion for a water-saving tool that is inexpensive and easy to install. And she even made a YouTube video to demonstrate it. “Being boaters, we have used a shower shut-off valve to save water, especially when we are out on long trips,” Ross said. “I have always thought everyone should have one in their homes! With the water shortage cr... »

Mayor’s Climate Protection Committee seeking new members

The Edmonds Mayor’s Climate Protection Committee is seeking new members. Formed in 2006, the committee works to address the future impacts of climate change, to implement conservation ideas, and to encourage city staff and citizens to conserve current resources. The committee meets bi-monthly from 8:45 – 10 a.m. in the Fourtner Room at Edmonds City Hall. Interested candidates should fill out a Cit... »

AquaSox to host ‘Take Back’ event June 28 for unwanted electronics, medications

What do baseball and environmental protection have in common? You can support both with the Everett AquaSox Environmental Day at the Ballpark in Everett June 28. Snohomish County, Snohomish Health District, and the AquaSox have partnered to host a free ‘Take Back’ event at the June 28 AquaSox game to help ensure that unwanted electronics and medications – including controlled substances, over-the-... »

Sally Lider, face of city’s environmental education programs, retiring July 2

Sally Lider, face of city’s environmental education programs, retiring July 2

After 24 years, the face of environmental education in the City of Edmonds – and the founder of annual city-sponsored Bird Fest — is retiring. Sally Lider was first hired by the city in 1991 as a part-time beach ranger, a job that fit her background and interests. (A native of Northern California, she was a wildlife biology major at Humboldt State University.) In 1992, she was promoted to a ... »

Edmonds Sustainability Heroes: Walnut Street Coffee

Edmonds Sustainability Heroes: Walnut Street Coffee

On June 10, Jim Stevens, member of the Mayor’s Climate Protection Committee of Edmonds, interviewed Walnut Street Coffee owner Pam Stuller to learn more about her successes in increasing sustainability at her shop located in Edmonds at 410 Walnut St. The following article describes her motivations, efforts and results achieved. About nine years ago, Pam Stuller opened the doors at Walnut Street Co... »

Rain garden workshop at Edmonds PCC Market June 13

Rain garden workshop at Edmonds PCC Market June 13

A free community workshop on rain gardens sponsored by the Snohomish Conservation District, Washington State University Extension and the City of Edmonds is set from 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 13 at the Edmonds PCC Market, 9803 Edmonds Way. According to the city announcement: A rain garden is a beautiful landscape feature that allows you to control drainage safely while also providing protection... »

Commentary: Why Edmonds needs a new tree code

Commentary: Why Edmonds needs a new tree code

The Edmonds Citizens’ Tree Board, created in 2010 by the City Council (Ordinance 3807), advises the council and mayor on tree-related issues. Among other things, the Tree Board is tasked with “developing a tree ordinance designed to preserve and protect existing trees” and “encouraging the Edmonds citizenry to become active stewards of the urban forest.” With a dedicated volunteer group of Edmonds... »

Have your say about proposed Edmonds Tree Code at May 27 Planning Board meeting

Have your say about proposed Edmonds Tree Code at May 27 Planning Board meeting

At 7 p.m. next Wednesday, May 27, the public will have a chance to provide input and comment as the Edmonds Planning Board moves toward making its recommendation to the City Council regarding the proposed new Edmonds Tree Code. The draft tree code is the product of a year-long process marked by open houses, public hearings and much work by city staff, consultants and citizen volunteers. It propose... »

Polar Pioneer oil rig sails by Edmonds Thursday

Polar Pioneer oil rig sails by Edmonds Thursday

The Polar Pioneer oil rig that passed by Edmonds on its way to Seattle Thursday around noon is the biggest piece of a muscular fleet Shell Oil has mustered in the Pacific Northwest to resume its controversial high-stakes oil-exploration effort in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska’s North Slope, our online news partner The Seattle Times reports. The company will have 25 vessels in and out of the Pacific N... »

Latest Marina Beach Draft Master Plan open house: Willow Creek will flow, dog park will stay

Latest Marina Beach Draft Master Plan open house: Willow Creek will flow, dog park will stay

More than 100 citizens gathered on Wednesday evening for the second of three public meetings to discuss and help shape the future of Marina Beach Park, including the critical question of how and where to daylight Willow Creek. Carrie Hite, Director of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services, welcomed the group. “While we are looking at an array of improvements to Marina Beach Park, our big g... »

Families learn how to protect watershed at Fun Fair

Families learn how to protect watershed at Fun Fair

A steady stream of visitors to the City of Edmonds’ annual Watershed Fun Fair enjoyed myriad activities Saturday at the Wildlife Habitat & Native Plant Demonstration Garden and Willow Creek Salmon Hatchery. Sally Lider, environmental education coordinator for City of Edmonds Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services, said the event was an opportunity to highlight the Native Plant Garden an... »

Reminder: Edmonds Watershed Fun Fair Saturday

Reminder: Edmonds Watershed Fun Fair Saturday

The City of Edmonds will hold its annual Watershed Fun Fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 2, this year at the Wildlife Habitat & Native Plant Demonstration Garden, Willow Creek Salmon Hatchery, 95 Pine Street, Edmonds. The event is free, with no registration required. Among the activities offered: · Guided nature walks · Tours of the Native Plant Garden and Fish Hatchery · Games and nat... »

Ecology Department to hold nonpoint pollution meeting in Edmonds May 18

Ecology Department to hold nonpoint pollution meeting in Edmonds May 18

The Washington Department of Ecology will hold four public meetings statewide  in May — including one in Edmonds — about the draft update to Washington’s Water Quality Management Plan to Control Nonpoint Sources of Pollution (otherwise known as the Nonpoint Source Plan). The Edmonds meeting will be from 6-8 p.m. Monday, May 18 in the Edmonds Conference Center Orchid Room, 201 4th Ave. ... »

Edmonds Community College to host 30th annual powwow ‘Honoring Mother Earth’ May 1-3

Edmonds Community College to host 30th annual powwow ‘Honoring Mother Earth’ May 1-3

Edmonds Community College’s Native American Student Association hosts its 30th annual powwow, “Honoring Mother Earth,” May 1-3. The powwow brings together students, families, and communities to celebrate American Indian singing, drumming, dancing, and arts and crafts. It will be held in Seaview Gym on campus, 20000 68th Ave. W, Lynnwood. Dance and drum grand entries start at 7 p.m., Friday; 1 p.m.... »

Edmonds residents pitch in during Earth Day celebration at Ballinger Park

Edmonds residents pitch in during Earth Day celebration at Ballinger Park

Mountlake Terrace’s Ballinger Park was bustling with activity Saturday morning as more than 60 volunteers celebrated Earth Day by tidying up the park. Residents from Mountlake Terrace, Edmonds and Lynnwood, along with students from Brighton School, picked up litter and debris in the park and also removed weeds from the area near the Hall Creek pedestrian bridge. »

Parks historian recalls legacy of Edmonds’ waterfront parks during Saturday tour

Parks historian recalls legacy of Edmonds’ waterfront parks during Saturday tour

On Saturday morning, former high school science teacher and Edmonds Parks Board member Bill Phillips led a group of more than a dozen interested citizens on a tour of Edmonds’ waterfront parks, a legacy he played a key role in shaping during his 20 years on the Parks Board during the 1960s and ’70s. Along the way, the 92-year-old Phillips regaled the group with stories of how the land ... »

Reminder: Lake Ballinger home to be featured on NW Green Home Tour Sunday

Reminder: Lake Ballinger home to be featured on NW Green Home Tour Sunday

Edmonds residents David Kendall and Nobuko Mitsunaga are opening their Lake Ballinger-area home and its wide range of sustainability elements for the Northwest Green Home Tour this Sunday, April 26. You can find a November 2014 interview with the couple and their commitment to the environment here. We also took an opportunity to ask David Kendall a few questions via email regarding the home, locat... »

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