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228th & Hwy 99 Corridor Improvements

Construction June 2015 - June 2016 
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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

Open House for Comprehensions Plan Update 2015

The City of Edmonds is having an Open House on the Edmonds Development Code Update.  The Open House will be located in the Council Chambers beginning at 6:30pm.  For futher information please click here.

Giving Tree Program: A great opportunity for giving!

Please join us in the spirit of giving by participating in the Giving Trees program sponsored by the City of Edmonds and Volunteers of America. Stop by Edmonds City Hall or the Frances Anderson Center to select a tag with the name of a person in need and their gift suggestion. Purchase a gift and return the wrapped gift to either location by December 11th. Edmonds City Hall is located at 121 Fifth Avenue North and the Frances Anderson Center is located at 700 Main Street.  The tags are provided by Volunteers of America Western Washington and the gifts will be donated to local children and adults to help make their holiday season brighter.  Media Release: http://www.edmondswa.gov/images/COE/Government/Departments/Parks_and_Recreation/Press_Release/20151117_Media_Release_Giving_Tree.pdf


Planning Board seeks new Alternate Member

(Edmonds - WA) The City of Edmonds is seeking residents interested in participating on the Edmonds Planning Board. The Planning Board serves as an advisory board to the City Council on rezones, comprehensive planning, Community Development Code amendments, and other land use issues. Click here to read the press release.

Fostering Global Citizenship

Students gain international understanding with exchange program

(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, the language, and traditions of Japan through an exchange program coordinated by the Edmonds Sister City Commission. read more

Architectural Design Board Seeks Three New Members

The City of Edmonds is currently accepting applications for the builder, layman, and at-large professional positions on the Architectural Design Board. The at-large professional is currently vacant and the builder and layman positions will become available on January 1, 2016.  Terms are for four years. Please contact Planning Division for the descriptions of board positions.  Click here for press release.

Community Invited to Discuss Waterfront Access Study

Excitement Builds for Inaugural Holiday Market

holiday marketDowntown Saturday Market Will Offer Specialty Foods, Wines, Treats, Flowers, Wreaths, and Entertainment during the Holiday Season.

(Edmonds, WA) Holiday shoppers in downtown Edmonds will be treated to a rich selection of specialty foods, wines, flowers, treats and entertainment at the Edmonds Holiday Market on Saturdays during the holiday season. read more

City Agrees to Buy Civic Field from School District

civic psa signing 3$1.9 Million Agreement - Jointly Funded by City, State and County - Fulfills Longtime Goal of Securing Field for Edmonds Community

(Edmonds, WA) The City of Edmonds has agreed to purchase Civic Field in downtown Edmonds from the Edmonds School District in a purchase and sales agreemnt approved by City Council and signed by Mayor Dave Earling at this week's city council meeting.  read more

Celebration of Lights

Celebration of Lights | Press Release
In the spirit of giving, light a light this holiday season for someone you love, something you wish for, or in remembrance of a loved one.  Each light you light is a donation to the City of Edmonds Youth Scholarship Fund that enables Edmonds’ children to participate in Edmonds Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services programs who wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity.  A living fir tree is strung with lights and placed at the entrance of the Frances Anderson Center.  Donate $5 per light and we’ll note your donation on the main floor bulletin board of the Frances Anderson Center.  The living fir tree will be lit the week of Thanksgiving through January 2.  After the holidays, this tree will be planted in the interior of Yost Park.  Each year the City of Edmonds Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department receives numerous requests for assistance.  To light a light, call 425-771-0268 and we’ll send you a form or pick up a form from the Frances Anderson Center, 700 Main Street, Edmonds.

Community Invited to Mayor’s Town Hall at Edmonds Senior Center

November 12th Community Discussion Includes Update on Proposed New Senior Center

(Edmonds, WA) - Members of the community will have the opportunity to hear and respond to the latest updates from Mayor Dave Earling and City Directors at the second Town Hall meeting of this year on Thursday, November 12, from 6:30-8:30pm. read more

Sunset Walkway Survey

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