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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 Parks & Rec: Friday Morning Classes Canceled

PROGRAM INTERRUPTIONS DUE TO BAD WEATHER
With Edmonds School District closed today (FRIDAY) all Parks & Rec morning classes are cancelled.  Call Edmonds Parks & Rec after Noon to verify status of afternoon and evening classes 425.771.0230.

Senior Parks Maintenance Worker Debra Dill is City's Employee of the Year!

Debra Dill compHorticulturist is Credited with Beautifying City by Overseeing Downtown Flower Baskets


(Edmonds, WA) – Senior Parks Maintenance Worker Debra Dill has been voted the City of Edmonds 2016 Employee of the Year by her colleagues. The award was announced by Mayor Dave Earling at the City’s annual Holiday Brunch at City Hall on Tuesday. Debra Dill works as a Senior Parks Maintenance Worker/Horticulturist in the City’s Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services Department.  She recently obtained her arborist certification and is credited with beautifying our community by maintaining and overseeing the flower baskets around Edmonds. read more

Edmonds City Council Unanimously Approves 2017 Budget

City Budget Addresses Community, School and Pedestrian Safety Needs, Homelessness, and Pressing Infrastructure Demands

(Edmonds, WA) – The Edmonds City Council unanimously approved the City of Edmonds 2017 Budget at the December 6th city council meeting, which emphasizes public safety and community health and well-being. The $97,603,398 budget includes funding for a part-time parking enforcement officer, a school resource officer at Edmonds-Woodway High School, lighting at Pine Street and Highway 104, pedestrian safety training, and funding for critical infrastructure projects. read more

Flags at Half in Memory of Tacoma Police Officer Reginald Gutierrez

flag half staffFriday, December 9, 2016 until close of business ~ By direction of Governor Inslee, flags are to be flown at half-staff in memory of Tacoma Police Officer Reginald "Jake" Gutierrez killed in the line of duty on Wednesday, November 30th.

Flags at Half Staff in Honor of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

flag half staffWednesday, December 7, 2016 until close of business ~ By direction of Governor Inslee, flags are to be flown at half-staff for National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day was created by Congress in 1994 in honor of those Americans killed or injured as a result of the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

Fishing Pier to Close for Final Repairs

(Edmonds - WA) The Edmonds Fishing Pier will be closed for final repairs from November 28th to December 2nd 2016 from 7:00 am – 5:00 pm. read more

Bob Drewel to Headline 11/29 Event Intended to Attract New Business to Edmonds

City Partners with Chamber, Port and Owners of Local Office Properties to Showcase Edmonds to Prospective Businesses

(Edmonds, WA) - The City of Edmonds, together with the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce, Port of Edmonds and the owners of several office properties are hosting a Get-To-Know Edmonds event on Tuesday, November 29th from 2:00 to 3:30 pm intended to showcase Edmonds to prospective businesses, and regional commercial real estate brokers. Hopes are more office-based businesses, of all types, will see the benefits of locating in the charming seaside town due to its high quality of life and relaxed atmosphere, while still within the strategic Seattle metropolitan area. read more

Get-To-Know Edmonds | Tuesday, November 29, 2016 | 2 - 3:30 pm | Plaza Room above Edmonds Library - 650 Main Street, Edmonds

Flags at Half Staff - State Senator Andy Hill

flag half staffMonday, November 14, 2016 until close of business ~ By direction of Governor Jay Inslee, Flags are to be flown at half-staff in memory of State Senator Andy Hill who passed away on October 31, 2016.

Mayor Earling Supports Advisory Task Force Recommendations on Solutions to At-Grade Rail Crossings

After a Year of Study and Public Engagement, Task Force’s Top Recommendation Is Single-Lane Emergency Access/Pedestrian-Bicycle Connector from Edmonds Street to Waterfront 

(Edmonds, WA) - Last night, Tuesday, November 7th, at the Edmonds City Council meeting, Mayor Dave Earling unveiled his recommendations for alternatives to the at-grade rail crossings at Main and Dayton Streets on the heels of a set of findings and recommendations issued by his appointed Advisory Task Force upon the culmination of their 13-month process. read more

Fostering Global Citizenship

(Edmonds, WA) There is no better way to build international understanding than immersion in another culture.  Edmonds students have a unique opportunity to experience the day to day life, language, and traditions of Japan through an exchange program coordinated by the Edmonds Sister City Commission. read more 

Application http://www.edmondswa.gov/sister-city-exchange-programs.html

Highway 99 Area Plan to Be Featured at Open House

Highway 99 Area Plan to Be Featured at Open House

 
Highlights of a new draft Highway 99 Area plan will be presented during an open house November 10, at the Swedish Edmonds hospital, 21601 76th Ave W., 4th floor conference room.  The public is welcome to drop by the open house anytime between 6:00 and 8:00 pm.  A slideshow about the plan will be given at 6:30 pm.

Developing a plan for both land use and transportation issues has been underway for nearly a year.  The first view of the plan will take place at the open house.  After hearing discussion, City staff and the consultant team will make any revisions and invite more public input.

 The draft Highway 99 Area plan will be presented to the Planning Board next month.  The Planning Board will then hold a public hearing and make a recommendation to the City Council.  The City Council will likely discuss the draft plan in early 2017.  Click here for the event flyer.

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