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Update on Edmonds Newsletter

The Mayor's quarterly newsletter published four times a year in January, April, July and October. Click here for the current issue.

For many of us, washing our car or truck is as American as baseball and apple pie. It’s hard to imagine that there’s a connection between keeping your car clean and keeping our streams, lakes, and marine waters clean and healthy. It’s harder still to believe that one person washing their car can really cause any harm.  However, thousands of people washing their cars can be a serious problem. So before you grab the bucket, sponge, and the hose, let’s talk about some of the aspects of washing your car that we should be concerned with.

Where Does the Washwater Go?
soap runoffCar washwater and rinse water contain a mixture of detergents, oils, heavy metals and other pollutants that we wash off of our vehicles. If this washwater flows along the street, it can enter a storm drain, and then flow to Edmonds’ streams and lakes or directly into Puget Sound. This soapy, polluted water is untreated and can kill aquatic plants and animals. Don’t forget, a storm drain is the entrance to a system of underground pipes that collects and carries water from streets and parking lots, and discharges it untreated into Puget Sound, and our lakes, streams and wetlands.

Is Car Washing Illegal?
No! Washing your vehicle is not illegal. But discharge of the soapy, dirty washwater into the storm drain is technically a violation of federal, state, and City regulations. However, per Department of Ecology recommendation, the City has adopted an educational rather than enforcement approach to car washing.   For more information from the Department of Ecology, go to www.ecy.wa.gov/washington_waters/carwash.html or www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/wq/stormwater/CarWash.html.

soapy streamWhat About Soaps?
All soaps, including biodegradable ones, can harm our waterways. Soaps break the surface tension of water, lowering the oxygen level which is harmful to fish and other aquatic life. The worst soaps contain phosphates, which can cause unwanted algae blooms in surface waters. And don’t forget — car washwater is a mixture or soap, oil, grease, and heavy metals.
 
What Should I Do To Keep Our Waters Clean?save our salmon copy
  • Take your car to a commercial car wash facility that discharges its washwater to the sewer system, where it’s treated or recycled.
  • When washing your car at home, wash it on the lawn (or other vegetated area) to keep the water out of the storm drain.   Mild, soapy water won’t hurt your lawn; it will actually water it!
  • Wash your car on an area that drains to your lawn/vegetated area.
  • Use waterless car wash products, available at auto parts stores, supermarkets, and online. Saves water too!!
  • Find a community car wash that uses a car wash kit and disposes of the wash water to the sewer system.

To Keep Our Creeks Clean, Use a Car Wash Kit.

If you’re organizing a charity car wash, the City of Edmonds has two SudSafe Car Wash Kits available to community groups and schools to encourage you to run environmentally-friendly car wash events. Each kit has all the equipment you’ll need - hoses, safety cones, and a basin to capture and divert the soapy water away from the storm drain and onto a lawn (or other vegetated area) or into a sink that drains to the sanitary sewer. See contact information below to reserve a kit.

car wash kitSite Requirements for using SudSafe Car Wash Kit
  • Electric power within 100 ft. of the wash area.
  • Grass/gravel/vegetated area within 100 ft. of the wash area, or a
  • Sink/toilet that leads to sewer system within 100 ft. of wash area.

Other Ways to Wash Your Car and Keep Edmonds Clean and Green.

  • Use a shut-off nozzle on your hose to conserve water.
  • Choose a soap that has little or no phosphates, is biodegradable, and contains no chlorine, bleach, nitrates, or ammonia. Avoid labels with “Caution,” “Danger,” or “Warning.” The soapy water will be kinder to your lawn or other vegetated area.
  • Use a small amount of soap! You don’t need a bucketful of suds.
  • If you live in a condominium complex, ask your Homeowners Association to purchase a SudSafe Car Wash Kit for use at your complex. This kit will allow you to wash your vehicle in your parking lot and not discharge the wash water to the storm drains.

Questions or comments? Contact Mike Cawrse, City of Edmonds Stormwater Technician, at (425) 771-0220 x1322 or michael.cawrse@edmondswa.gov.Puget Sound Starts Here


Community Celebrates City's Purchase of Civic Field at Mayor's Signing Ceremony

Signing Ceremony Fulfills Longtime Goal of Securing Field for Edmonds Community

civic signing(Edmonds, WA) – City officials, community leaders, local athletic clubs and members of the public joined Mayor Dave Earling at a signing ceremony at Civic Field on Wednesday, February 3rd, to celebrate the City’s purchase of Civic Field from the Edmonds School District. read more 

 

(L-R) Carrie Hite, Edmonds Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services Director and Mayor Dave Earling

Development Services Phones 'Down' on Wednesday

Due to construction, the Development Services telephone switchboard will be out of operation on Wednesday, February 3rd. Using email will be a better option for Wednesday; all should be back to normal on Thursday.

Council and Mayor Approve New Citizens Economic Development Commission

Applicants for New Nine-Member Commission Sought 

(Edmonds, WA) - Tuesday evening the Edmonds City Council approved an ordinance establishing a new, nine-member Citizens Economic Development Commission (CEDC), which Mayor Dave Earling signed today. read more

Adopt-A-Flower Basket

Adopt-A-Flower Basket Program- Make an investment in your community.
Press Release | Form & map available at www.FlowerProgram.edmondswa.gov

Mayor Invites Public to Celebrate City's Purchase of Civic Field at Signing Ceremony on February 3rd

Public Event at Civic Field Celebrates Longtime Goal of Securing Field for Edmonds Community

(Edmonds, WA) – Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling is inviting the public to help celebrate the City’s purchase of Civic Field in downtown Edmonds from the Edmonds School District at a signing ceremony at Civic Field at 10am on Wednesday, February 3rd, at 250 6th Avenue North. Under a purchase and sales agreement approved by City Council and signed by Mayor Earling late last year, the City of Edmonds has agreed to purchase Civic Field for $1.9 million with the help of state and county funding. With a 50 percent matching grant from the Washington State Recreation Conservation Office for up to $1 million, and a $500,000 grant from Snohomish Conservation Futures, the City has budgeted $400,000 for the acquisition. read more

Join Mayor and City Leaders for 2016 State of the City Address

soc 2016 28:30 am Thursday, February 11th, at Edmonds Theater

(Edmonds, WA) - Mayor Dave Earling will present his 2016 State of the City Address at 8:30 am on Thursday, February 11th at the Edmonds Theater at 415 Main Street. read more

Progress Report on Edmonds Waterfront Access Study to be Presented at January 27 Open House

Attend Online or In Person at Edmonds Library, 4:30pm-7:30pm 

(Edmonds, WA) - Join City of Edmonds representatives and the Edmonds Waterfront Access study team for an open house at the Edmonds Library on Wednesday, Jan. 27, from 4:30pm-7:30pm, to learn about the progress and next steps of the Edmonds Waterfront Access Study. There will be no formal presentation. Instead, participants can drop by any time between 4:30 and 7:30pm to view meeting materials and provide feedback at the Plaza Room in the Edmonds Library on 650 Main Street, or access an online open house from Jan. 25 to Feb. 12, 2016, at http://edmondswaterfrontaccess.publicmeeting.info. read more

Portion of 5th Ave S closed for sewer work on Tuesday, January 19th.

5th Avenue South will be closed for sanitary sewer work on Tuesday, January 19th. The street closure will be between Dayton and Main Streets, but sidewalks and businesses will remain open to pedestrians. Read more here.

Edmonds Diversity Commission Launches First Year of Activity

First Action is to Invite Public to Attend Local
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Presentations

(Edmonds - WA) The newly formed Edmonds Diversity Commission launches its first full year of activity in time to issue an invitation to all Edmonds residents to come together on January 18th, the day our country has set aside to commemorate the life, works and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. read more

Permit Center to re-open on Wednesdays mid-February to meet public demand

2016 Sustainable Community Stewards Now Accepting Applications

Sustainable Community Stewards Volunteer Training Course: January 27 - March 16, 2016. For more information click here.

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