Sustainability and the Environment

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... »

Community Transit proposes to add 27,000 hours of new service, hire 34 additional bus drivers

Community Transit proposes to add 27,000 hours of new service, hire 34 additional bus drivers

Community Transit is proposing to add 27,000 hours of new bus service in its proposed 2015 budget. That represents about 17 percent of the service hours that were cut during the recession. Also included in the budget is funding for 34 new bus driver positions to help support the service increase. The proposed 2015 budget summary can be found at www.communitytransit.org/budget. A public hearing on ... »

Crews clean up vandalism-related gasoline spill at Old Woodway High School Monday

City of Edmonds Police and Public Works staff and Fire District 1 crews responded Monday to a gas spill at Old Woodway High School, located at 23200 100th Ave. W., after vandals apparently poked a hole in the gas tank of an Edmonds School District van at some point over the weekend. The van was filled with gas on Friday, Oct. 31, with plans for it to be used for a field trip on Monday. According t... »

Volunteers pitch in to restore Edmonds Marsh

Volunteers pitch in to restore Edmonds Marsh

Approximately 60 volunteers gathered under rainy skies on Saturday morning to pitch in and do their part to help restore the Edmonds Marsh. “We’re working today to enhance the buffer between the riparian marsh area and Harbor Square,” said Keeley O’Connell, restoration ecologist with EarthCorps. The City of Edmonds contracts with EarthCorps to help with the restoration work... »

Clearing the way for Saturday’s volunteer planting event at the Edmonds Marsh

Clearing the way for Saturday’s volunteer planting event at the Edmonds Marsh

Crews from EarthCorps were out on Wednesday getting ready for this Saturday’s volunteer habitat enhancement event at the Edmonds Marsh. Hosted by EarthCorps and the City of Edmonds, citizen volunteers will replant the buffer area adjacent to Harbor Square with native shrubs and groundcover plants. The goal is to create a rich hedgerow to enhance wildlife habitat while maintaining a view corr... »

Students interview Port officials about future of Edmonds Marsh

Students interview Port officials about future of Edmonds Marsh

Vienna Sebasstian and Nathan Filosi, both Edmonds-Woodway High School seniors, interviewed Port of Edmonds Commissioner Mary Lou Block and Port Director Bob McChesney Oct. 10 to learn more about the Port of Edmonds’ view on restoration of the Edmonds Marsh. Both Sebasstian and Filosi are members of “Students Saving Salmon,” a student-run organization at Edmonds-Woodway High School that striv... »

Edmonds Marsh walk highlights link between restoring Willow Creek, salmon

Edmonds Marsh walk highlights link between restoring Willow Creek, salmon

On Saturday, Oct. 4, a group of more than 50 participants met in the boardwalk area by the Edmonds Marsh to hear EarthCorps Restoration Ecologist Keeley O’Connell and Tulalip Tribes Marine and Nearshore Program Manager Todd Zackey talk about the history of the marsh, how it has changed over the years, and what needs to be done to restore it as a breeding area for native salmon populations. T... »

Just posted on My Edmonds News TV: Retired high school teacher John Cooke talks about the Edmonds Marsh

Just posted on My Edmonds News TV: Retired high school teacher John Cooke talks about the Edmonds Marsh

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Edmonds-Woodway ‘Students Saving Salmon’ carry on legacy of former teacher John Cooke at the Edmonds Marsh

Edmonds-Woodway ‘Students Saving Salmon’ carry on legacy of former teacher John Cooke at the Edmonds Marsh

On a sunny afternoon as herons glided across the marsh and the song of marsh birds filled the air, retired Edmonds high school biology teacher John Cooke returned to the Edmonds Marsh for the first time in 25 years. “The marsh was my favorite outdoor classroom,” said Cooke. “Back in the 1970s I would bring my students here to learn first-hand about ecology of this amazing natural... »

Two more workshops in October to learn about solar for your home

Two more workshops in October to learn about solar for your home

Two additional workshops are scheduled in October — the first one this Wednesday — to learn more about Solarize South County, a grassroots initiative that includes volunteers from Lynnwood, Edmonds, Mountlake Terrace and Woodway working together to streamline the process of purchasing a solar system while getting a great group discount. Solarize South County is a collaborative effort o... »

EarthCorps volunteers pitch in at Edmonds Marsh; and Oct. 25 you can help too

EarthCorps volunteers pitch in at Edmonds Marsh; and Oct. 25 you can help too

EarthCorps, with support from the City of Edmonds, is helping to improve Edmonds Marsh. Edmonds Marsh is a unique asset to the City that provides important habitat for local wildlife and naturally helps filter stormwater before it runs into Puget Sound. Edmonds Marsh also offers abundant bird watching opportunities as both resident and migratory birds flock to saltmarsh habitats. However, many mar... »

Local church could receive free solar energy system

Local church could receive free solar energy system

Edmonds Lutheran Church will receive a free solar photovoltaic system to generate renewable energy for their facility if 50 homes in Edmonds, Lynnwood, and Mountlake Terrace purchase a solar energy system through the Solarize South County campaign. Here are the details from the Solarize South County announcement: Solarize South County is a program of Northwest Sustainable Energy for Economic Devel... »

Watch on My Edmonds News TV: Edmonds couple’s take on power of solar; open house set for Saturday

Watch on My Edmonds News TV: Edmonds couple’s take on power of solar; open house set for Saturday

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Solar comes of age in Edmonds

Solar comes of age in Edmonds

Edmonds residents Dan and Kim Fine are blazing a trail into Edmonds’ future. Like the pioneers who settled Edmonds, they have a vision for what this community can be. But unlike the settlers of the late 19th century, that future is not in cutting forests and milling shingles. Instead the Fines are forging a sustainable future fueled by renewable solar energy. “We got into this in a big... »

Want to learn more about solar? Two open houses coming up next week in Edmonds

Want to learn more about solar? Two open houses coming up next week in Edmonds

Thinking about putting solar on your roof? Join Solarize South County at one or both of the following Solar Open Houses: – Wednesday, Aug. 27, 4-7 p.m., 838 Fir St., Edmonds – Saturday, Aug. 30, 9 a.m.-noon, 23025 74th Ave. W., Edmonds Solar experts will be there to answer questions and you can see a system live. This is a low-key way to learn more about why now is the best time to inv... »

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