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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.
 
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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


9th & Walnut - Expect Traffic Delays July 25th & 27th

As part of the City's overlay program, the intersection of 9th & Walnut will receive a grind and overlay next week.  Our contractor will be working through this area as quickly as possible.  Expect heavy congestion and traffic delays.  Be patient, be safe, and if at all possible avoid the intersection.

Monday, July 25th - Pavement Grind

Wednesday, July 27th - Pavement Overlay

Check the overlay website for additional updates: www.overlays.edmondswa.gov

Draft Stormwater Code Now Available

A draft version of ECDC 18.30 - Stormwater Management is now available

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Please direct any comments or feedback to Rob English, City Engineer (rob.english@edmondswa.gov) or Jeanie McConnell, Engineering Program Manager, (jeanie.mcconnell@edmondswa.gov).

A public meeting will be held before City Council on August 2, 2016.

In addition, a copy of the presentation from the public meetings on July 20, 2016 can be found HERE.

Flags at Half Staff -- Baton Rouge, Louisiana

flag half staffMonday, July 18, 2016 until Sunset Friday, July 22, 2016 ~ By Presidential Proclamation Flags are to be flown at half-staff in honor of the victims of the attack in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Edmonds First Washington City to Sign On to Sustainable Cities Partnership

Joint Endeavor of Edmonds, Western Washington University and Association of Washington Cities Will Help Edmonds with Wide Array of Projects 

(Edmonds, WA) - The City of Edmonds will receive a helping hand from Western Washington University students and faculty on a range of projects over the next academic year – from developing a mobile app for downtown visitors to helping reduce storm water impacts to the Edmonds Marsh – thanks to the first interlocal agreement of its kind in our state between Edmonds, Western, and the Association of Washington Cities (AWC). read more

FREE ~ Water Saver Kits

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The City of Edmonds Public Works is providing a limited number of free water-saver kits to its water customers.  There are two types of water-saver kits available on a first-come-first-serve basis, while supplies last.

The OUTDOOR KIT includes:
¨     One heavy-duty garden hose nozzle featuring seven different types of sprays.
¨     Two garden hose repair ends and hose washers.

The INDOOR KIT includes:
¨     One reduced-flow showerhead (rated at 1.75 gallons per minute maximum) which features an adjustable spray.
¨     Two fixed faucet aerators (each rated at 1.0 gallon per minute) for bathroom or utility sinks.
¨     One small roll of Teflon tape.

ALSO at this time there is a very limited supply of the following: 
¨     Automatic shut-off watering timer devices for use with lawn sprinklers or drip irrigation hoses.
¨     Moisture meters that indicate the level of soil moisture and help prevent over or under watering.

These extra items are one each to a household only until supplies last.

City of Edmonds water customers can pick up their free kit at the main reception counter at:

Edmonds Public Works office, 7110 210th St. SW, during the business hours of 7:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.

Flags at Half Staff -- Nice, France

flag half staffFriday, July 15, 2016 until Sunset Tuesday, July 19, 2016 ~ By Presidential Proclamation Flags are to be flown at half-staff in honor of the victims of the attack in Nice, France.

Grand Opening for Green Resource Center on July 27

The City’s new Green Resource Center will have its Grand Opening on July 27, 1:00 pm, at Edmonds City Hall, 2nd floor.  All are welcome to attend the event.

 The Green Resource Center will provide information about “green construction” and sustainability.   (Green construction is a term for environmentally-friendly building techniques and materials.)  Because the space is part of the City’s development permit center, it will be visited by many people.

 The project started over two years ago, championed by then-City Councilmember Strom Peterson.  Mr. Peterson, now a state representative, as well as Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling, will speak at the Grand Opening.

 The Green Resource Center is the result of a remodel, which opened the second floor lobby to daylight and added public space, including for displays about energy efficiency, solar access, and stormwater management.

PUBLIC IS WELCOME TO ATTEND

DATE: Wednesday July 27, 2016

TIME:  1:00 PM

LOCATION: City Hall - 2nd Floor, 121 5th Avenue North, Edmonds

Parks & Recreation: NEW Registration System Coming August 2016

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Parks & Recreation: NEW Registration System Coming August 2016 
July 29 Final day to register onlinefor summer programs but in-person and phone-in still available; August 1 & 2 All patrons are encouraged to create their new account & explore the new system ACTIVE Net® (registration will not be taken these days); August 3 Fall registration opens 12am for online regsitration and 9am for in-person and phone-in. MORE DETAILS

Stormwater Code Update - Public Meetings July 20, 2016

The City is required to update our stormwater code by December 31, 2016 to meet the minimum requirements of the 2014 Ecology Stormwater Manual.  This includes reviewing and revising all development-related codes, rules, and standards to incorporate and require Low Impact Development (LID) principles and best management practices to make LID the preferred and commonly used approach to site development.  The goal is to infiltrate, disperse, and retain stormwater runoff onsite to the extent feasible.  For more information click HERE.

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We hope you will join us for one of the following meetings:

Date:  July 20, 2016

Place: Public Works - Operations and Maintenance Facility
         7110 - 210th St SW, Edmonds WA 98026

Time: 3pm - Developers, contractors, engineers and stormwater design professionals
         5pm - General public, including homeowners, business owners and residents

City Council Reinstates Human Resource Director Position

(Edmonds – WA) After almost five years without the dedicated position of a Human Resources Director, the Mayor's proposal to reinstate this position was passed 6-1 at the City Council meeting last night. After some discussion, it was evident that a majority of the Council felt like it was time to bring this position back. read more

Mayor Earling Calls Dallas Police Shootings 'Heartbreaking'; Urges Community to Increase Efforts to Promote Tolerance and Respect for All

(Edmonds, WA) –In wake of last night’s deadly shootings of 5 police officers in Dallas, Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling issued a statement today calling for the Edmonds community to unite in support of their local police and to increase efforts to promote a more tolerant and diverse community for all. read more

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