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Highway 99 Corridor / Subarea Planning

The Highway 99 Subarea Plan is underway to develop a vision for land use and transportation along the corridor. Click here to visit the project website. You can also find more information here.
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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


Edmonds Fishing Pier Ribbon Cutting Jan 26

The City of Edmonds and Mayor Earling invite you to the ribbon cutting for the Edmonds Fishing Pier Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 10am.  200 Admiral Way Edmonds WA.  Invitation


Edmonds Cemetery Board Seeks New Member to Fill Vacancy

Edmonds Cemetery Board Seeks New Member to Fill Vacancy - Applications Accepted until February 24, 2017

The Edmonds Cemetery Board is seeking a new member to fill a vacancy.  Do you have an interest in local history or genealogy?  Do you appreciate the appearance of the Cemetery?  Are you interested in helping, planning and participating in the annual Memorial Day Program, “Walk Back in Time” Cemetery Tour in July and the “Walk About” Veteran’s site tour in November?  Would you like to help set policy and develop goals?  If so, please consider becoming a member of the Cemetery Board.  For more information, please see the Media Release or call Cynthia Cruz at 425.771.0231.

Sustainable Community Stewards Volunteer Training

Sustainable Community Stewards Volunteer Training
Fridays, January 27th-March 10th 10am-4pm
McCollum Park 600 128th St NE, Everett, WA 98208
And various locations around Snohomish County

It’s well known that recycling and composting are environmentally beneficial, but do you know where your trash, recycling, and yard waste once it leaves your curb? Do you wonder if or how your water bottle gets recycled? In this short seven week training, you’ll learn from expert presenters on recycling, composting, waste reduction; as well as have an opportunity to tour a local composting facility and recycling center. This training will also cover home energy efficiency, energy alternatives, and how we can keep our waters clean.

After the training is complete, you will join one of several volunteer projects as a knowledgeable, trained WSU Extension Sustainable Community Steward. You’ll be able to share proven alternatives and new information that contributes to a better future.  In exchange for 34 hours of professional-level presentations and field trips, you’ll choose from a variety of interesting projects (or create your own) to volunteer 34 hours over the next year - that’s less than four hours a month! 

This training puts you at the forefront of a wave of major changes that are just beginning to affect how we live, work and travel, as well as how and what we eat and buy. Our weather is more erratic, shellfish beds in Puget Sound are shut down regularly due to contamination, and “improved” disposable items are going into our landfills at an exponential rate.

Because this training will only be offered once in 2017 and seating is limited, there is an application process. The deadline to apply is Friday, January 13th. A $35 fee (to cover materials) will be due after you have been accepted. 

For more information, please contact Stephanie Leeper, Sustainable Community Stewards Coordinator, WSU Snohomish County Extension at s.leeper@wsu.edu or 425-357-6027. You can also go to: http://extension.wsu.edu/snohomish/naturalresources/sustainable-community-stewards/  Make your New Year’s resolution to get your “Sustainable” on! 

State Responds on Shoreline Master Program

State Responds on Shoreline Master Program

The state Department of Ecology has responded by letter to the City Council about 

proposed changes for updating its Shoreline Master Program. The response agrees with most of the 

Council’s proposed changes but calls for a site-specific assessment to establish marsh buffers 

prior to any future development in the Harbor Square area.


The City’s existing Shoreline Master Program (SMP), adopted in 2000, does not include any part of 

the Harbor Square area, but the proposed SMP update does. Ecology had required the City to include 

this change as part of the SMP update. However, as the update was being drafted, controversy arose 

about the specific width of buffers to be required for the area when development occurs.


Until an updated SMP is approved and adopted, the 2000 shoreline plan applies. Ecology has asked 

the City to respond by March 30 to its new letter.


The City Council is scheduled to discuss this issue at its January 24 meeting.  In Ecology’s 

letter, two options are offered for providing a more site-specific approach and a scientific study 

for the Urban IV Mixed Use Area, which includes Harbor Square. Agency staff have noted that the 

City could choose either of these options or some combination that achieves similar results.


The proposed SMP addresses shoreline areas in Edmonds that extend 5.2 miles along the Puget Sound 

and also adjacent to Lake Ballinger. It uses updated scientific information to set requirements for 

future shoreline activities. Development in all shoreline areas would be subject to newer 

regulations, including for shorelines, environment, and stormwater.  A copy of Ecology's letter is at this link.



WWU Students Pitch Year-Round Seasonal Events Campaign To Promote Fourth Avenue Arts Corridor

WWU Students pitch year-round seasonal events campaign to promote fourth avenue arts corridor: Student Public Relations Project Part of Sustainable Cities Partnership Between Edmonds, Western Washington University, and Association of Washington Cities

   (Edmonds, WA) – The 4th Avenue Arts Corridor in downtown Edmonds has the potential to become a year-round hub of cultural events and festivities that highlight the Edmonds arts community, according to a plan created by Public Relations students at Western Washington University. Those students presented a winning proposal to City staff to help promote the downtown Arts Corridor through a series of seasonal events and festivities on 4th Avenue North under the theme of “Art for Everyone.”

 

For the full Media Release, click here

Mayor Earling to Highlight City Accomplishments, Challenges and New Year's Goals at 2017 State of the City Address

Public Invited to Annual Event at 8:30am Thursday, February 9th, at Edmonds Theater

(Edmonds, WA) - Mayor Dave Earling invites the public to join him in reflecting on both the accomplishments and challenges of 2016 and looking ahead to the City’s hopes and plans for 2017 during his annual State of the City Address at 8:30 am on Thursday, February 9th at the Edmonds Theater at 415 Main Street. Mayor Earling will discuss the successes and challenges of the past year, projects and goals for the new year, and long-term strategies for 2017 and beyond. Opening remarks will be provided by Janelle Milodragovich, of Ten Gun Design and Greg Hoff, Windermere Real Estate/Edmonds. read more  |  view flier

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City of Edmonds Seeks to Fill Available Position on Diversity Commission

WWU Students to Present Recommendations on Edmonds Marsh Restoration Efforts at Public Meeting on Friday, January 13th

Student Research Project Part of Sustainable Cities Partnership Between Edmonds, Western Washington University, and Association of Washington Cities 

(Edmonds, WA) – The public is invited to attend a presentation from Western Washington University students who have been studying restoration efforts and issues at Edmonds Marsh as part of the 2016-2017 Sustainable Cities Partnership (SCP) between the City of Edmonds, WWU and the Association of Washington Cities (AWC). Students from WWU’s Restoration Ecology course will present their research on Friday, January 13th, from 2-4pm in the Brackett Room at City Hall and make recommendations to address current challenges affecting Edmonds Marsh.  read more

Picnic Shelter Reservations Open Feb 6

Make your 2017 Picnic Shelter reservation plans!  Reservations open Feb 6 at 9am in-person or Feb 7 at 9am by phone.  Press Release

Local Edmonds Student Selected as Assistant Language Teacher in Hekinan Japan

MichelleRockstead(Edmonds, WA)Edmonds resident and UW graduate, Michelle Rockstead, has been appointed Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) by the Hekinan Board of Education in association with the Edmonds Sister City Commission. As an ALT, Michelle will be responsible for teaching English to students at five middle schools in Hekinan, Japan. She wants to use this opportunity to “cultivate the kids’ interest in building strong relationships with people from different parts of the world”. read more

Mayor Earling Visits Congressional Delegation and USDOT Staff in DC on Waterfront Connector Project

Days before an Important Federal Grant Deadline, Mayor’s In-Person Visits Intended to Help Pave the Way for Potential Federal Funding 

Mayor Earling and Senator Cantwell(Edmonds, WA) - Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling, together with Public Works Director Phil Williams and Economic Development Director Patrick Doherty, traveled to Washington, DC, last week to meet in person with members of the region’s Congressional delegation, as well as key staff from the US Department of Transportation (USDOT). read more

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