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Urban Forest Management Plan

We need your input! Click here for up-to-date project info.

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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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76th Ave & 212th St Intersection Improvements

Click here for project information and updates.
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


Flag Lowering in Memory of Pierce County Deputy Daniel A. McCartney

flag half staffWednesday, January 17, 2018 until sunset ~ Governor Inslee directs that Washington State and United States flags be lowered to half-staff in memory of Pierce County Deputy Daniel A. McCartney who was shot and killed while respoinding to a burglary call on January 8, 2018.

2018 Traffic Calming Program - Requesting Public Input

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 9, 2018

To:               Media

Contact:       Bertrand Hauss| bertrand.hauss@edmondswa.gov | 425-771-0220

TRAFFIC CALMING PROGRAM

(Edmonds - WA) The City of Edmonds is requesting public input on the 2018 Traffic Calming Program. The annual program has a budget of $35,000 to address speeding concerns and reduce cut-through traffic on any street.

The program consists of a three-phase process: (1) Petition and Review for Qualification; (2) Education / Enforcement; and (3) Installation of Traffic Calming Devices.

In order for a location to be considered in the 2018 Traffic Calming Program, a Citizen Action Request and Neighborhood Petition Form need to be submitted to the City. Both forms can be found by going to the following link: http://www.edmondswa.gov/transportation-text/traffic-calming-program.html. The petition must have supporting signatures from at least eight different households within the neighborhood.

City staff will evaluate each petition and determine if it qualifies for the Traffic Calming Program.  Projects deemed qualified will be prioritized and pursued based on available funding.

In past years, the program has funded the installation of speed radar feedback signs, signing and pavement markings. Alternative solutions may be considered depending on location and the traffic concern.

In order for your street to be considered for the Program, please submit the forms by February 9, 2018 to:
Mr. Bertrand Hauss, Transportation Engineer either by email bertrand.hauss@edmondswa.govor mail to Edmonds City Hall (Attn: Engineering Division), 121 5th Ave N Edmonds, WA 98020.

Architectural Design Board Seeks New Member

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 5, 2018

Contact: Rob Chave | planning@edmondswa.gov |425.771.0220

ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN BOARD SEEKS MEMBER

(Edmonds - WA) The City of Edmonds is currently accepting applications for the layman position on the Architectural Design Board. Terms are for four years.

This is a volunteer position and requires the appointed board members to attend one evening meeting a month, on the first Wednesday and an occasional meeting on the third Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Public Safety Complex. The Architectural Design Board serves as an advisory board to the City Council on proposed multiple-family and commercial developments including site, landscape, and building design.

The appointed layman board member shall reside within city limits. Members shall be appointed by the Mayor with confirmation of City Council.

To apply:

Apply online by clicking “application” after Architectural Design Board listed at the following City webpage: http://www.edmondswa.gov/boards-commissions-committees-openings.html

Or obtain an application by contacting City Hall directly:

E-mail: planning@edmondswa.gov

Phone: 425.771.0220

Applications must be submitted to the City by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, January 19, 2018

City Launches Housing Strategy Website

A housing website has been launched to let people know about a housing strategy that is being developed by the City of Edmonds. The website is: https://www.edmondshousingstrategy.org/.

The Housing Strategy will identify how the City can help increase the supply of affordable housing and meet diverse housing needs. A draft version is expected to be ready for public review in late spring.

Development of the housing strategy is one of the steps required in the City’s Comprehensive Plan. Several months ago, a Housing Strategy Task Force was appointed by Mayor Dave Earling to recommend actions that could be incorporated into the strategy.

Since then, the Task Force has met three times. Meeting information is included on the City’s website (above).

“I’m excited about collaborating with people,” said City Council member Adrienne Fraley-Monillas, who also serves on the Housing Task Force. “We want to come up with a strategic set of actions the City can take to ensure more affordable housing—whether for moderate-income families or a whole range of folks who are struggling to pay for housing in our community.”

When a draft Strategy is ready, it will be posted on the City’s new website and discussed in public meetings.

“We are fortunate to have an excellent task force,” noted Shane Hope, the City’s development services director who is organizing the effort. “The members have different housing expertise, some from the public side, some from the private side. I have no doubt they will come up with--not just great ideas and goals—but real things the City can do or partner on to make a significant difference.”

The new website is meant to help people keep track of the housing strategy project, including task force meetings. On the website, anyone interested can sign up for email notices.

For more information, call 425-771-0220.


Winter Craze Recreation Guide Now Available

The Winter Craze Recreation Guide is now available at www.RecZone.org or view HERE.  Registration opens December 1 for Winter Quarter. 


 

Hazel Miller Foundation Announces Holiday Gift to Edmonds: $1.5 Million to Redevelop Civic Field

Mayor Earling Also Requests $2 Million in City Budget to Support Civic Field Redevelopment 

   (Edmonds, WA) – Just in time for the holidays, the Hazel Miller Foundation has announced a historic gift to the Edmonds community: a $1.5 million grant to support the redevelopment of Civic Field. The announcement was made by the Foundation’s Board of Directors, who presented a ceremonial check for the grant funds at Civic Field today to City of Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling and the City’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department. read more

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Pictured left to right: Tom Mesaros, President, Edmonds City Council; Jack Loos, Secretary, Hazel Miller Foundation Board of Directors; Mayor Dave Earling; Diana White, Chair, Hazel Miller Foundation Board of Directors; Carrie Hite, Director, City of Edmonds Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services; Pat Shields, Vice Chair, Hazel Miller Foundation Board of Directors; Patrick Doherty, Director, City of Edmonds Community Services & Economic Development; Dave Johnson, Assistant Director, City of Edmonds Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services.

REMINDER... Mayor's Town Hall Meeting

Dave EarlingCommunity Invited to Mayor’s Town Hall
November 15th Community Discussion will include Highway 99 Neighborhood Plans, Five Corner Feasibility Study, and Waterfront Connector next steps

(Edmonds, WA) – Mark your calendars for your next opportunity to hear and respond to the latest updates from Mayor Dave Earling and City Directors at a Town Hall meeting on Wednesday, November 15th, from 6:30-8:30pm at the Edmonds Library Plaza Room, 650 Main Street, Edmonds. Mayor Earling and his staff will host the community discussion that will include a question and answer session. read more

City & Ed! Hold First-ever Amateur Caroling Contest

The City of Edmonds and Ed! (Edmonds Downtown Alliance) will be holding the first-ever amateur Edmonds Holiday Caroling Contest - for more information please click here.

Edmonds Diversity Commission 2nd Screening of Free Film Series November 18

The second screening of free Diversity Commission Film Series set for Saturday, November 18, 2017. For more information click here.

Diversity Commission Seeks New Commissioner

The Diversity Commission is now accepting applications. Please click here for more information.

Flag Lowering in Honor of the Victims of the Attack in Sutherland Springs, Texas

flag half staffMonday, November 6, 2017 until sunset on Thursday, November 9, 2017 ~ pursuant to Presidential Proclamation, flags will be at half-staff in honor of the victims of the attack in Sutherland Springs, Texas.

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