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228th & Hwy 99 Corridor Improvements

Construction June 2015 - June 2016 
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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


City Releases Fire and Emergency Medical Services Efficiency Assessment

Independent Study Identifies Three Alternatives to Enhance Services and Cut Costs

(Edmonds, WA) - On Friday, April 22nd, Mayor Dave Earling released an independent study commissioned by the City to assess the efficiency of fire and emergency medical services provided by Snohomish County Fire District One and offer potential alternatives. read more

Governor Grants City-Requested Veto

Saves City Upwards of $50,000 Annually 

(Edmonds, WA) - On Monday April 18th Governor Inslee issued his vetoes of portions of the Legislature’s 2016 Supplemental Operating Budget, including veto of a section that would have cost the City of Edmonds upwards of $50,000 in lost tax revenue. In particular, the Legislature’s budget would have held back funds from the Fire Insurance Premium Tax, a revenue stream distributed from the state to local municipalities to help defray the costs of firefighter pensions. read more

Spark Your Knowledge on Energy! Become an Energy Steward.

Now accepting applications for the 2016 class of WSU Extension Energy Stewards. For more information click here. To apply click here.

Edmonds Public Facilities District Board Openings.

Thumbnail ECA The Edmonds Public Facilities District Board is seeking two new members. For more information please click here.

Public workshop for Highway 99 planning & visioning on March 24th...

Join us at a hands-on workshop and share your vision of the Highway 99 area on March 24th at 7pm at City Hall. Visit the project website to learn more!

Council & Mayor Appoint New Citizens Economic Development Commission Members

New nine-member commission set to convene later this month. For more information click here.

Edmonds Summer Camps Registration Open

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Construction to Close Edmonds Fishing Pier Mid-March through June

Closure for Repairs and Renovations to Popular Pier Begins March 14th

(Edmonds, WA) The City of Edmonds Fishing Pier will be closed to the public from March 14th through June of this year for repairs and renovations to the popular, yet aging, structure. read more

2016 State of the City Video

soc 2016 2To view the 2016 State of the City address please click here.

Application Deadline Extended for Student Exchange to Hekinan Japan

International Travel Opportunity for Students

Application deadline extended to March 23, 2016

(Edmonds, WA) Edmonds area high school and middle school 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

Deadline Extended for Applications to New Economic Development Commission

Deadline has been extended to Friday, February 26, 2016 for applications to new Citizens Economic Development Commission. For more information and application please click here.

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