Sustainability and the Environment

Commentary: A pragmatic approach to daylighting Willow Creek and restoring our marsh

Commentary: A pragmatic approach to daylighting Willow Creek and restoring our marsh

Since a recent informative piece was presented on My Edmonds News by Larry Vogel, I thought it might be important to provide some insight from a City Council perspective regarding the Shoreline Master Program’s (SMP) “interim 100-foot setback/buffer for Urban Mixed Use IV”. If you are not familiar with this very important document, I suggest you look at some of the links on Mr. Vogel’s... »

In comments to state, Port of Edmonds takes stand against increasing Harbor Square buffers

In comments to state, Port of Edmonds takes stand against increasing Harbor Square buffers

As the deadline nears for comments on an update to the Edmonds Shoreline Management Program, the Port of Edmonds reiterated Friday that it is strongly opposed to a City of Edmonds proposal to increase the size of setbacks and buffers around the Edmonds Marsh, located adjacent to the port-owned and -managed Harbor Square business complex. “From the port’s perspective, expanded buffers/setbacks will... »

Rep. Strom Peterson’s bill to protect honeybees buzzes over to Senate

Rep. Strom Peterson’s bill to protect honeybees buzzes over to Senate

After passing the Washington State House of Representatives 67-31 on a bipartisan vote, Rep. Strom Peterson’s bill to protect honeybee colonies and preserve pollen-rich food source is scheduled for a hearing Wednesday in the Senate Natural Resources and Parks Committee. House Bill 1654 would direct the state noxious weed control board to conduct a pilot project to replace invasive weed species wit... »

Sponsor Spotlight: Save money on special offers from Snohomish County PUD

Sponsor Spotlight: Save money on special offers from Snohomish County PUD

My Edmonds News‘ latest Sponsor Spotlight is Snohomish County PUD and its special pricing on energy-saving products. Look for the logo to SAVE: Up to $1 on CFL Bulbs Up to $3 on LED Bulbs $5 to $7 on Energy Star Light Fixtures Up to $7 on Efficient Showerheads Note: Prices in store include the PUD discount You’ll find special pricing at these local stores: Ace Hardware* Bartell Drugs*+ Batte... »

Puget Sound Stewards Program launching in Edmonds

Puget Sound Stewards Program launching in Edmonds

If you are interested in volunteering to help manage habitat restoration in Edmonds, you’re invited to a March 19 orientation sponsored by EarthCorps. EarthCorps crews, which are made up of young adult environmental leaders from around the U.S. and the world, have been monitoring and restoring habitat at Edmonds Marsh for the past two years. Now, with support from the Hazel Miller Foundation... »

Commentary: A salmon’s incredible journey through Edmonds and how you can help

Commentary: A salmon’s incredible journey through Edmonds and how you can help

In downtown Edmonds, many residents have creeks running through their yards. Trickling down from natural springs in the earth, they all lead to the Puget Sound. These creeks do much to improve the beauty of a homeowner’s property, but as Edmonds resident Jenny Anttila found out recently, they can prove valuable in other ways, too. Last fall, while clearing debris away from the rebar installed at t... »

Edmonds Sustainability Heroes: Landau Associates

Edmonds Sustainability Heroes: Landau Associates

On Jan. 27, Mike Nelson and Jim Stevens, two members of the Mayor’s Climate Protection Committee of Edmonds, interviewed Jeremy Davis, an employee of Landau Associates, to learn the firm’s success story with increasing its energy efficiency and reducing its greenhouse gas production. The company is an environmental engineering and remediation, geotechnical engineering, permitting, and compliance s... »

Snohomish County PUD seeks applications for solar energy projects

Snohomish County PUD seeks applications for solar energy projects

Snohomish County Public Utility District is seeking applications from local organizations for solar energy demonstration projects for installation on new or existing buildings in the utility’s service area. The projects are made possible through the PUD’s Planet Power program, a voluntary, customer-funded green energy initiative. Proposals for PUD funding are due on March 16, 2015. “Planet Power h... »

Reminder: Electronics and scrap metal recycling event at EWHS Jan. 24

On Saturday, Jan. 24, you can help the Edmonds-Woodway High School 2015 senior class raise money for its all-night graduation party and help the environment at the same time. Round up those recyclables that you keep meaning to take to the recycling center, but never have the time to, and bring them to the EWHS south parking lot on Jan. 24 between 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The south parking lot entrance is of... »

‘Be a Toxic Free Zone’ class starts Jan. 26 at Edmonds Conference Center

‘Be a Toxic Free Zone’ class starts Jan. 26 at Edmonds Conference Center

The Port Townsend Marine Science Center and Edmonds Community College uLearn program is presenting a six-week class, “Be A Toxic Free Zone,” at the Edmonds Conference Center, starting Monday, Jan. 26. Learn how toxic chemicals affect your daily life in cleaning products, personal care products, home, garden and food. The class will run on six Mondays, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., with no class... »

Edmonds receives $157K grant for Willow Creek daylighting project

Edmonds receives $157K grant for Willow Creek daylighting project

The City of Edmonds announced Monday it has received a $157,331 grant from the State of Washington Recreation and Conservation office’s Salmon Recovery Funding Board to continue work on the Willow Creek “daylighting” project. According to the city, the grant is part of $18 million given to organizations around the state for projects that restore and protect salmon habitat. The city will use ... »

Snohomish County burn ban lifted Saturday

Snohomish County burn ban lifted Saturday

Effective immediately, all burn bans were lifted Saturday in Snohomish, King and Pierce counties. With the help of rain and wind, air pollution levels everywhere dropped to good or lower moderate Friday night. An approaching weather system was expected to increase winds into Sunday. This will again help disperse air pollution and keep levels low for the next two to three days. For more information... »

Snohomish County downgraded to Stage 1 burn ban

Snohomish County downgraded to Stage 1 burn ban

The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency is downgrading Snohomish County to a Stage 1 burn ban, effective at noon Friday, Jan. 2. This ban remains in effect until further notice. The use of fireplaces and uncertified wood stoves is prohibited until air quality improves. A weak system will bring some winds and light rain midday Friday, with winds subsequently decreasing in the early evening. Late Friday ni... »

Stage 2 burn ban issued for Snohomish County

Stage 2 burn ban issued for Snohomish County

Due to stagnant weather conditions and rising air pollution, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency elevated Snohomish County to a Stage 2 burn ban, effective at noon, Jan. 1. The ban remains in effect until further notice. Thursday night, air pollution levels in Snohomish County increased further. Cold temperatures and calm winds are expected to continue into Friday, which will allow pollution levels t... »

Sound Salmon Solutions offering free tree-planting advice

Sound Salmon Solutions offering free tree-planting advice

Sound Salmon Solutions is offering residents of Southwestern Snohomish County free tree and ecologist advice. Eligible residents are encouraged to plant trees on their property to attract wildlife and create privacy. Do you live near a water body like a stream, river, or lake? This is your chance to receive a free tree to plant on your property. Sound Salmon Solutions, a nonprofit organization, is... »

Burn ban lifted in Snohomish County

Burn ban lifted in Snohomish County

The Stage 1 burn ban for Snohomish, King and Pierce Counties has been lifted as of noon, Tuesday, Dec. 2. The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency expects to see increased wind speeds throughout Tuesday and pollution levels are forecasted to fall to moderate. »

Stage 1 burn ban issued in Snohomish County Sunday

Due to stagnant weather conditions and rising air pollution, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency is issuing a Stage 1 burn ban for King, Snohomish and Pierce counties, effective at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 30. This ban is in effect until further notice. The purpose of a burn ban is to reduce the amount of pollution that is creating unhealthy air usually due to excessive wood smoke. The Clean Air Agency... »

Burn ban lifted in Snohomish County

Burn ban lifted in Snohomish County

The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency has lifted the burn ban for Snohomish County. The front expected this evening is showing rain and winds that will clear the air. However, daytime winds will not be sufficient to significantly reduce pollution levels in King and Pierce counties, especially in areas where wood burning is common. So both King and Pierce counties are under a Stage 2 burn ban. Snohomish... »

Stage 2 Burn Ban issued for Snohomish County

Stage 2 Burn Ban issued for Snohomish County

Due to stagnant weather conditions and rising air pollution, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency is issuing a Stage 2 Burn Ban for Snohomish County, effective at noon. This ban is in effect until further notice. Monitored levels in Snohomish County continued to build last night and cold/clear nights and low wind speeds are forecast to persist into Monday. The agency is seeing levels that are “Unhealt... »

Edmonds Sustainability Heroes: Lake Ballinger couple walks environmental talk

Edmonds Sustainability Heroes: Lake Ballinger couple walks environmental talk

Cynthia Pruitt, Mike Nelson, and Jim Stevens — three members of the Mayor’s Climate Protection Committee of Edmonds — recently interviewed David Kendall and Nobuko Mitsunaga, homeowners in the Lake Ballinger area (23025 74th Ave. W,), to learn their success story about increasing their energy efficiency, reducing their greenhouse gas emissions, and increasing the water-use efficiency a... »

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