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Civic Center Master Plan

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Mayor's Task Force - Alternatives Analysis

Edmonds Waterfront Access Study
At-Grade Rail Crossings Alternatives Analysis

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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.
 
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  • 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


Public Hearing on Highway 99 Plan...

A Public Hearing on the Highway 99 Subarea Plan will be held on February 21st. Project information can be found here.

Edmonds Sister City Commission Student Exchange Program

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.  The Edmonds Sister City Commission provides students with a unique opportunity to experience the day to day life, language, and traditions of Japan through their annual exchange program.  press release   application packet

Entrenamiento Gratuito sobre los Desperdicios Sólidos - FREE Waste Diversion Training in Spanish

Entrenamiento Gratuito sobre los Desperdicios Sólidos

FREE Waste Diversion Training in Spanish

¿Se siente confundido(a) sobre qué cosas van en la basura y qué cosas van en el reciclaje?
¿Ha escuchado sobre la composta, pero no sabe para qué sirve o cómo se hace?
¿Le preocupan los químicos de limpieza que emanan olores fuertes?
¿Le interesa conocer alternativas de limpieza más seguras para la salud?
¿Le interesa compartir esta información con otras personas?

Si contestó que sí a las preguntas de arriba, entonces ¡conviértase en un Promotordel Medio Ambiente! Entrenaremos a personas interesadas en conocer sobre estos temas los sábados entre el 4 de marzo y el 1 de abril, de 9:30 AM a 12:30 PM cada día. El entrenamiento es gratis; no habrá cuidado de niños. Nos reuniremos en Everett, dos sábados en WSU Extension, McCollum Park, 600 128th St. SE Everett, WA, y tres sábados en la estación de bomberos Mariner, 12310 Meridian Ave. Everett, WA.

Luego del entrenamiento, comparta lo que aprendió en 3 eventos con las comunidades Latinas. Para participar, entregue la solicitud que se encuentra en http://extension.wsu.edu/snohomish/naturalresources/latino-engagement/ en o antes del 22 de febrero. Para preguntas o más información, contacte a Yolimar Rivera, yolimar.rivera@wsu.edu o (425) 357-6029.

¡No pierda la oportunidad de educarse y ayudar a proteger el ambiente para todos y para las generaciones futuras! Recuerde que: El Medio Ambiente: Es Tuyo, Es Mío, Es Nuestro

Picnic Shelter Reservations Now Open

Make your 2017 Picnic Shelter reservation plans!  Reservations are now open.  Reserve at Edmonds Parks & Rec 425.771.0230.

Native Plant Stewardship Program

Become a Park Steward and Master Native Plant Steward
Washington Native Plant Society (WNPS) Central Puget Sound Chapter
Training February 3-April 21
Fridays from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
2 Saturday sessions, February 18 and April 1 Based out of Shoreline Community College
16101 Greenwood Ave N, Shoreline, WA 98133


Learn how to become a leader in restoring our urban forests back to health!  In partnership with the King Conservation District (KCD) and the City of Shoreline, the Washington Native Plant Society’s Central Puget Sound Chapter is bringing the Master Native Plant Stewardship Training and Program to Shoreline in 2017.  Participants receive 100-hours of classroom and field training while working on a one-year restoration team project. Training will include:

·         Plant biology and identification
·         Puget Lowland habitat ecology
·         Restoration techniques for new and established sites
·         Site design
·         Project leadership and management
·         Outreach and education techniques, and much more!

After the training sessions, each steward will volunteer 80 hours at a Shoreline park restoration site and 20 hours helping the WNPS Central Puget Sound Chapter before June 2018. Professionals will provide support and on-going learning opportunities to each steward and restoration teams through at least June 2018.  This work implements KCD’s Urban Forest Health Management Program and meet City of Shoreline Parks objectives.   Since 1996, the WNPS’s Central Puget Sound Chapter has trained and supported over 550 stewards in King and Snohomish Counties. 

Applications are required however you do not have to be an expert botanist or ecologist to apply!  We are looking for people who have time to give to urban forest restoration, have an interest in native plants and local habitats.  Shoreline residents who meet these criteria are given priority, however anyone may apply.  Applications are due by January 15th, 2017 and can be found at http://www.wnps.org/npsp/cps/stewardship/index.html.  They can be emailed to cpsstewardshipprogram@gmail.com or mailed to WNPS Master Stewardship Program, 6310 NE 74th St., Suite 215E, Seattle WA 98115.

Visit WNPS.org/npsp or call the Stewardship Chair at (206) 588-1247 to learn more and receive an application

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.

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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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

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

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