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Visit a Park

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228th & Hwy 99 Corridor Improvements

Construction June 2015 - June 2016 
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Strategic Action Plan UPDATE
Third Quarter 2015 SAP Progress Update

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.
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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

New Program Offers Funding To Promote More Walkable Communities

City of Edmonds Extends Deadline for Diversity Commission - Applications due 10/16/15

Edmonds residents interested in serving on Diversity Commission - Application deadline has been extended to October 16, 2015 go here for more information or go here for an application.

Mayor’s Advisory Task Force on At-Grade Rail Crossings Alternatives Analysis

Mayor’s Advisory Task Force on At-Grade Rail Crossings Alternatives Analysis  First Meeting – September 2, 2015 9-10:30am, Brackett Conference Room, City Hall

The first meeting of the Mayor’s Advisory Task Force on the At-Grade Rail Crossings Alternatives Analysis will be held from 9 am to 10:30 am on Wednesday, September 2, 2015 in the Brackett Conference Room on the Third Floor of City Hall.  Under the leadership of Co-Chairs Mike Nelson, Edmonds City Councilmember, and Jim Orvis, Edmonds Port Commissioner, the 10-member Advisory Task Force also includes: Kirk Greiner (Edmonds resident), Cadence Kerr (Edmonds resident), Phil Lovell (Edmonds resident), Joy Munkers (Community Transit), Rick Wagner (BNSF), Lynn Griffiths (WSDOT – Ferries Division), Lorena Eng (WSDOT), and Jodi Mitchell (Sound Transit) City staff members Rob English (City Engineer) and Patrick Doherty (Director of Economic Development and Community Services) will join to facilitate the Advisory Task Force.  

All meetings of the Advisory Task Force will be given advance notice on the City’s Public Meetings and Events Calendar and will be open to the public, although public comment will not be taken at the Task Force meetings. Future opportunities for public comment will be developed, potentially including Open Houses and on-line channels for submitting public comment.

The 9/2/15 meeting agenda is attached here

For questions or more information, please contact Economic Development & Community Services Director Patrick Doherty at 425-771-0251 or patrick.doherty@edmondswa.gov  

238th St. Walkway & Drainage Improvements - Construction Notice

Construction for the 238th St. Walkway & Drainage Improvements will begin Monday, August 31, 2015 and continue through approximately the end of December (weather permitting). To read the full press release click here.

City Makes Finding Commercial Space in Edmonds Easier

City website now includes a commercial space/site locator for businesses looking to move to or expand in Edmonds. Read more here. Find commercial space/site locator here.

220th Street SW Overlay & Bike Lane Project - Construction Notice

Construction will begin Monday, August 31, 2015 and continue through approximately the end of October. To read the full press release click here.

Sunset Avenue Walkway - August 25, 2015 Council Presentation

Sound Transit Representative Joins Mayor's Advisory Task Force on At-Grade Railway Crossing Alternatives Analysis

Regional Transit Agency Brings Additional $10,000 to the Effort

Edmonds, WA - Sound Transit has joined Mayor Dave Earling’s Advisory Task Force to help guide the at-grade rail crossings alternatives analysis in Edmonds.  Jodi Mitchell, Project Manager in Sound Transit’s Business and Construction Services Division, has been named to the Task Force.  read more

Voluntary Water Reduction Tips

SAVE WATER & MONEY!  Please join in the voluntary effort to reduce water use by 10 percent.  This call for help is coming from local regional water systems that also serve Edmonds.
Click on this link for "how to" tips for indoors and outdoors:

Unocal Edmonds Site Public Meeting August 20, 2015

For information on the Unocal Edmonds Site Cleanup Process please click here.

Bike2Health Project Officially Kicks Off

Edmonds, Lynnwood and Mountlake Terrace partner to connect regional bicycle network. Click here for more information.

August 3rd Sign Code Open House Draws Interest

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