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228th & Hwy 99 Corridor Improvements

Construction June 2015 - June 2016 
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Strategic Action Plan

On April 7, 2015 the City Council approved the Updated Strategic Action Plan.  
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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


Marina Beach Master Plan - Final Open House

Marina Beach Master Plan - Final Open House 
Wednesday, July 8 from 6-7:30pm 
Edmonds Plaza Room (above the Library) 650 Main Street
More info here.

July is Parks & Recreation Month

Park and Rec Month 2015 290July is Parks & Recreation Month
From the start, parks were created to serve the people—to give them a place to appreciate nature, exercise, socialize and have fun. This mission lives on and will continue to intensify into the future.  Let’s celebrate the past, present and future of parks and recreation!  View calendar here.

BNSF Adds to Funding for Improved Rail Crossings

Momentum Builds for Improved Rail Crossings with Added Funding from BNSF Railway. See press release

Community Invited to Mayor's Town Hall

july 2015 town hallJuly 9th Community Discussion Includes Update from Swedish/Edmonds 

Edmonds, WA - Mayor Dave Earling and staff will host a community discussion with a question and answer session and an update from Swedish/Edmonds on its campus expansion project at the first Town Hall meeting of this year on Thursday, July 9, from 6:30-8:30pm. The event will take place in the Swedish Edmonds 4th Floor Auditorium at 21601 76th Avenue West in Edmonds.  read more

Seeking Caring Host Families

Hekinan del sand castle croppedJapanese exchange students need host families for two weeks this summer


(Edmonds, WA) 
Every summer the Edmonds Sister City Commission coordinates a two-week exchange of middle-school and high-school students between Edmonds and our sister city, Hekinan, Japan. read more

Public Invited to Open House and Hearing for Comprehensive Plan Update

2015 Waterline Replacement Project

(Edmonds - WA) The City of Edmonds 2015 Waterline Replacement Project is scheduled to begin construction the week of June 2nd, 2015.  The project will replace existing waterlines, at ten different locations within the City: read more

City Seeks Citizen to Serve on Economic Development Commission

City Seeks Citizen to Serve on Economic Development Commission. See press release here.
Application form here.

Edmonds Receives State Funding to Study Solutions to Blocked Railroad Crossings

State Legislature Approves $500,000 for Edmonds Railroad Crossing Alternatives Analysis

Edmonds, WA -   It’s a critical first step in addressing the issue of increasing train traffic blocking the Edmonds waterfront. The 2015-2017 transportation current law budget passed today by the State Legislature would make $500,000 available to Edmonds for completion of an Alternatives Analysis study. read more

Edmonds Announces 125th Anniversary Celebrations!

See press release for more information!

Development Services Permit Counter Hours to Change

Development Services permit counter hours will be changing June 1, 2015. Read more here.

Earth Day Reminder Please Avoid Plastic Bags!

In recognition of Earth Day this week, the City of Edmonds is reminding people
about the City's plastic bag regulations. See Press Release Here!

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