Visit Edmonds home on National Solar Tour Saturday

Want to see an Edmonds solar home featured on the National Solar Tour? You can from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at 23025 74th Ave. W., in the Lake Ballinger neighborhood. See solar panels up close, ask questions about how solar works, learn about why the homeowner made the choice to go solar, and connect…

Rick Steves’ Europe awards first annual million-dollar climate smart commitment grants  

Edmonds-based Rick Steves’ Europe has selected 11 nonprofits to receive its first annual $1 million Climate Smart Commitment grants. The company’s yearly investment will go directly to two kinds of organizations: groups advocating in Congress for U.S. policies to fight climate change, and nonprofit organizations who are helping farming communities in the developing world mitigate their…

Scene nearby: Edmonds residents among those participating in climate ‘die-in’

Members of Edmonds-based Interfaith Climate Action were among a group of nearly 300 people participating Friday in a Climate Strike “Die-In” outside the Snohomish County Administration Building in Everett. “The courthouse bell tolled at noon and people lay down, many with signs indicating how they were killed due to a climate event,” said Gayle Leberg…

Paine Field earns Salmon-Safe certification 

Snohomish County-owned Paine Field Airport has been certified Salmon-Safe for its long-running efforts to maintain water quality and natural habitat that supports the biological needs of salmon. Paine Field is the third airport in North America to receive such a designation. “Earning Salmon-Safe certification is a huge accomplishment for Snohomish County. I’m thankful and proud of everybody…

Paine Field earns Salmon-Safe certification 

Snohomish County-owned Paine Field Airport has been certified Salmon-Safe for its long-running efforts to maintain water quality and natural habitat that supports the biological needs of salmon. Paine Field is the third airport in North America to receive such a designation. “Earning Salmon-Safe certification is a huge accomplishment for Snohomish County. I’m thankful and proud of everybody…

Reminder: Volunteers needed for recycling stations at Taste Edmonds

The City of Edmonds Recycling Program is seeking volunteers to come help at the three-day Taste Edmonds festival, taking place in downtown Edmonds on Friday, Aug. 16 through Sunday, Aug. 18. People are needed to fill three-hour shifts to monitor activity at the designated recycling stations. The goal is to divert as much of the…

Scene in Edmonds: Clearing the way for salmon

Edmonds-Woodway High School’s Students Saving Salmon Club and volunteers with the Edmonds Stream Team cleared out a partially blocked 12-foot culvert (a pipe under a roadway) on Saturday. According to club advisor Joe Scordino, this culvert in the lower portion of Shell Creek — on 7th Avenue North south of Caspers Street — has blocked adult…

SnoPUD’s Planet Power to fund five local solar projects

Snohomish County PUD’s Planet Power program recently awarded five local organizations funds for the construction of solar energy projects. Planet Power has focused on supporting organizations that provide community services and/or renewable energy education. The program was funded through voluntary contributions from PUD customers. In this final round of grants, Planet Power awarded $260,000 to…

Reminder: Native Pollinators workshop at Edmonds Demo Garden July 6

Native Pollinators is the topic of a workshop Saturday, July 6 from 10 a.m. – noon with Julie O’Donald, Master Gardener and Community Habitat Steward. The event will be at the Edmonds Wildlife Habitat Native Plant Demonstration Garden. O’Donald will explore the world of native bees and will include a colorful photo display featuring local bumble…

Snohomish County PUD summertime work aimed at enhancing system reliability

Snohomish County PUD says that it will take advantage of the summer weather to make electrical system improvements and complete preventative maintenance projects. The work helps to ensure the PUD maintains high levels of reliability as stormy weather arrives this fall and winter. The PUD has work scheduled on many of its substations, including standard…

Changes would strengthen railroads’ oil spill response efforts

Railroad lines stretch across thousands of miles in Washington, often along pristine rivers and shorelines of the state. An oil spill from a train could pose a significant threat not only to the environment but to people and local economies. That’s why in 2015, Washington began requiring railroad companies to have oil spill contingency plans…

Rick Steves launches annual million-dollar commitment to carbon neutral travel

Edmonds-based travel authority Rick Steves has announced a new Climate Smart Commitment aimed at offsetting the carbon emitted by its tour members. In an announcement, Steves said he has seen the effects of climate change around the world, and he is passionate about doing what he can to slow those changes down. Starting in spring…

Free May 29 workshop to focus on controlling weeds in Lake Ballinger

A free workshop, “Controlling Aquatic Weeds in Lake Ballinger,” is set for Wednesday, May 29, from 7- 8:30 p.m. at the Mountlake Terrace Senior Community Center (Ballinger Clubhouse) at 23000 Lakeview Dr. Lake Ballinger has in recent years become infested with invasive aquatic weeds, including Eurasian watermilfoil, fragrant water lilies and curly leaf pondweed. The…

Students Saving Salmon release juvenile coho into Shell Creek

Members of Edmonds-Woodway High School’s Students Saving Salmon club released juvenile coho salmon in upper Shell Creek on Saturday. According to club advisor Joe Scordino, the juvenile salmon — which students helped Sound Salmon Solutions raise from eggs at the Willow Creek Salmon Hatchery — were netted out of the hatchery pond and then placed…

Workshop on how to ‘adopt’ a stream set for May 30 in south Everett

Interested in “adopting” your local stream? On Thursday, May 30 at 7 p.m., stream ecologist Tom Murdoch will present “five steps of how to adopt a stream” that work. This event takes place at the Adopt A Stream Foundation’s Northwest Stream Center. located at the south end of Snohomish County’s McCollum Park, 600 128th St….

Reminder: Meadowdale HS Arts and Music Boosters recycling fundraiser May 11

Looking for a place to dispose of your old electronics like computers, laptops, printers, scanners, modems, e-readers. Need to get rid of larger appliances like refrigerators, washer/dryers, water heaters; barbecues, lawn mowers, bikes, motorcycles, or vehicle or computer batteries? On Saturday, May 11, Meadowdale High School’s Arts and Music Boosters organization is hosting a recycling…

Using pumpout stations, boaters divert sewage from Washington waters

Washington boaters in 2018 diverted nearly 11 million gallons of sewage from coastal and inland waters by pumping out their boat holding tanks at 144 pumpout stations, including the Port of Edmonds station. That’s according to an announcement from Pumpout Washington, a free service managed by Washington State Parks and Washington Sea Grant, as part…

Edmonds Public Works offering free water-saver items

City of Edmonds Public Works is again offering free water-saver items to Edmonds water customers while supplies last. The photo above shows the various indoor and outdoor items that can be picked up at the Edmonds Public Works office, 7110 210th St. S.W., Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Edmonds couple honored as Conservation Leaders of the Year

Nora Carlson and Lora Hein were honored by the Snohomish County Conservation District in a gala Thursday evening reception for their exemplary efforts in turning their Westgate area home into a showcase of sustainability and responsible environmental stewardship. The couple were one of a select group of ten others from across the district who were recognized….

Earth Day Volunteers pitch in and pull at Edmonds City Park

More than 30 eager volunteers showed up at Edmonds’ City Park on Saturday morning to celebrate Earth Day by helping remove the invasive English ivy that’s been taking over many areas of the park. “English ivy grows like crazy around here,” said City Horticulturalist Jesse Curran. “It was purposely introduced in years following World War…

SnoPUD Community Solar sales begin April 22

Snohomish County PUD’s first Community Solar program officially launches on Earth Day. Sales of solar energy units for the PUD’s Community Solar program will begin at 8 a.m., April 22. Customers interested in purchasing the 76-watt solar energy units can visit www.snopud.com/communitysolar. Each solar energy unit is one-fifth of a solar panel and costs $120….

Reminder: Edmonds hosting Earth Day work party at City Park April 20

Looking for a way to make a difference in your community on Earth Day? Join your friends and neighbors to help remove English ivy in City Park, one of the most popular parks in town. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, with tools and refreshments provided. All ages are welcome. Staff…

Snohomish County PUD recognized for work to improve salmon habitat

The National Hydropower Association in April presented Snohomish County PUD with its annual Outstanding Stewards of America’s Waters Award. The award recognizes the PUD’s recently completed Water Temperature Conditioning Project at Culmback Dam, designed to improve habitat for salmon and other aquatic life in the Sultan River downstream of the Spada Lake Reservoir. As part…