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Civic Center Master Plan

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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

Civic Center Master Plan Online Open House Oct 20-Nov 3

The City of Edmonds is in the process of creating a Master Plan for Civic Park.  If you missed the 3rd Open House on Oct 19, there is still time to participate in the online Open House which runs October 20-November 3, 2016.  More Info

City Partners with Snohomish County PUD to Convert the Remaining 1700 Edmonds Streetlights to LED

New Lights Expected to Improve Safety and Save Energy

   (Edmonds, WA) - New LED street lights to improve safety and save energy will soon adorn the streets of Edmonds, thanks to a project being conducted by Snohomish County PUD (SnoPUD). SnoPUD started the project in 2013 to convert street lights throughout its service area – including 2600 PUD-owned street lights in Edmonds - to LED (Lighted Electric Diode) lighting, which are more reliable, offer up to 70 percent energy savings, and improve driver and pedestrian safety through better color lighting. Conversion of the last 1700 lights in Edmonds is expected to begin shortly after the New Year. read more

Mayor to Present City of Edmonds 2017 Preliminary Budget

(Edmonds, WA) - At the October 11th City Council meeting Mayor Dave Earling will present the City of Edmonds 2017 Preliminary Budget to the Council and community. Mayor Earling will outline city priorities and discuss economic conditions. read more

Chaperone Opportunity for 2017 Student Delegation to Hekinan, Japan

Flags at Half Staff -- Shimon Peres

flag half staffThursday, September 29, 2016 until close of business Friday, September 30, 2016 ~ By Presidential Proclamation Flags are to be flown at half-staff to honor the memory of former President and Prime Minister of Israel, Shimon Peres.

Mayor Announces Mary Ann Hardie is City's New Human Resources Director

(Edmonds, WA) – After nearly five years without the dedicated position of a Human Resources Director, Mayor Dave Earling announced today he has chosen Mary Ann Hardie to fill the position. The announcement follows a months-long process to fill the position after the Edmonds City Council agreed with Mayor Earling it was time to bring the position back. read more

Open House Scheduled to Share Results of Recent Community Livability Survey

Public Invited 6:00pm, Wednesday, September 28th

(Edmonds, WA) – Conducted earlier this Summer, the National Citizen Survey generated over 900 responses from Edmonds residents, expressing their opinions on a wide range of issues related to community livability. As reported last month, the National Citizen Survey’s “Community Livability Report” states that almost all residents rated the quality of life in Edmonds as excellent or good. While a summary presentation was made by the Community Services Department to City Council in August, the Department has now scheduled an Open House to share the results with the public in a less formal manner. read more

New Drive-Up Mailbox Opens at Edmonds Library

Edmonds City Councilmember and Postmaster Respond to Public Outcry After Removal of Only Downtown Drive-up Mailbox  

(Edmonds, WA) – Downtown Edmonds again has a drive-up U.S. Post Office mail drop box, thanks largely to the efforts of Edmonds City Councilmember Dave Teitzel, Edmonds Postmaster Todd Merriman and Edmonds Head Librarian Richard Suico. The three worked together to find a new location for a drive-up mailbox after residents voiced concerns about the removal of the drive-up mailbox at the Second Avenue post office. The new drive-up mailbox is located next to the book-drop bins at the south side of the Edmonds Library in the 600 block of Dayton Street. read more

City of Edmonds Seeks to Fill Available Position on Diversity Commission

(Edmonds, WA)Edmonds residents interested in working on issues, programs and activities associated with the changing demographics of our community and enhancing an environment of mutual respect and understanding are encouraged to apply to fill an open position on the City’s Diversity Commission. read more

Public Invited to Weigh-in on Narrowed List of Alternatives to At-Grade Rail Crossings along Edmonds Waterfront at Open House Sept. 14th

Final Open House Before Advisory Task Force Makes Recommendations to Mayor; Attend Online or In Person at Edmonds Library next Wednesday, 6-8pm

(Edmonds, WA) – City of Edmonds representatives and the Edmonds Waterfront Access Study team are inviting the public to weigh in about a narrowed list of potential alternatives for at-grade rail crossings along the Edmonds waterfront at an Open House on Wednesday, September 14th, from 6-8pm. The Open House will be held in the Edmonds Library Plaza Room at 650 Main Street and is the final open house to be hosted by the Mayor’s Advisory Task Force before members present their recommendations to the Mayor. read more

Bike2Health Project Update

The project is currently at 90% design and improvements are scheduled for next summer.  In the meantime, bicycle counts continue on a quarterly basis to help us understand how many people currently ride bikes in the streets where the improvements will be located.  

The next round of bicycle counts is scheduled for August 23-25th at the following locations in Edmonds:

  • 76th Ave W & Olympic View Drive
  • 9th Ave S & Walnut Street
  • 76th Ave W & 212th St SW
  • 80th Ave W & 224th St SW

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Bike2Health Map Web Final

CLICK HERE for more on the August 2016 Program Update

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