Neighborhood rain gardens protect environment, give military veterans jobs

A city-wide project is helping to protect Lynnwood’s surface water while providing employment opportunities for military veterans. Through a partnership with the Snohomish Conservation District, the City of Lynnwood completed its third year of installing rain gardens in residential neighborhoods. Since 2016, the city has been working to implement low-impact development projects and host hands-on…

Save the date: Volunteer rain garden planting party Sept. 26

A volunteer rain garden planting party is scheduled in Lynnwood Thursday, Sept 26 from 5 – 7 p.m. Rain gardens are designed landscape features that store and filter rain water. These gardens do a great job of filtering pollutants and recharging groundwater. Volunteers will be planting beautiful, hardy and low-maintenance native plants in six different gardens….

Lynnwood Senior Center hosting Let’s Go to the Hop BBQ July 24

Lynnwood Senior Center is sponsoring a Let’s Go to the Hop BBQ Wednesday, July 24, at 5:30 p.m. Enjoy a delicious hamburger and hot dog barbecue meal with all the trimmings, plus root beer floats and more tasty treats. Fabulous door prizes. Dance to ’50s music, watch a skit about the ’50s and have your photo taken…

Experience Momentum recognized for helping community, environment

The City of Lynnwood has named Experience Momentum as an Orca Hero for its mission to educate, support, empower and connect with their clients through physical therapy, massage, nutrition and fitness. Aside from transforming the lives of their clients, Experience Momentum does a lot to give back to their community and the environment, the city…

Kids release salmon from local hatchery into Hall’s Lake

The City of Lynnwood Fish Hatchery and Environmental Education Center invited families to help replenish the salmon population by releasing coho salmon into Hall’s Lake on April 5. After a presentation by Lynnwood stormwater technician Cameron Coronado on the life cycle and different types of salmon, participating children transported baby salmon (fry) from the tank they…

Information session on Initiative 1631 set for Sept. 30 in Edmonds

Representatives from both sides of the Initiative 1631 carbon tax campaign will be appearing at an information session Sunday, Sept. 30, at Edmonds United Methodist Church, 828 Caspers St. During the event, which begins at 11:45 a.m. in the church chapel, you can learn more about what the initiative would do, as well as hear…

Snohomish County climate, jobs and justice event in Everett Sept. 8

Local organizations, including the League of Women Voters of Snohomish County and the Interfaith Climate Coalition, are among the sponsors of a Rise for Climate, Jobs and Justice day of action at the Snohomish County Administration from 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, Sept. 8. “Join thousands around the world to call for a swift transition to a…

Burn ban lifted as clean air returns to Puget Sound

Air quality has greatly improved in the Puget Sound region, reaching normal, healthy levels by midday Thursday. The Stage 1 Burn Ban was also lifted at 1 p.m. Thursday due to the improved air quality conditions. However, smoke may return next week. “Enjoy it, and be on the look out for more smoke, as weather…

Relief from smoky conditions expected Thursday

The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency expects smoky conditions to greatly improve Wednesday night and throughout Thursday. According to the agency’s Wednesday afternoon forecast, smoke levels remained “Unhealthy” for everyone Wednesday. However, smoke is expected to begin moving east sometime late Wednesday or early Thursday. By the end of the day Thursday, residents throughout Puget…

Burn ban continues due to unhealthy air conditions Tuesday, sports practices impacted

Air quality levels in the Puget Sound region continued to be “Unhealthy” for all groups on Tuesday morning. A forecast from Puget Sound Clean Air Agency predicts “unhealthy” conditions to last through Wednesday. The agency recommends everyone stay indoors with windows closed as much as possible, especially if you can find somewhere cool. “We expect…

Air quality levels trigger burn ban, change of camp schedules starting Monday

Air pollution is increasing due to wildfire smoke and may cause health problems. For that reason, the City of Lynnwood has rescheduled some outdoor activities for the week of Aug. 20. According to city spokeswoman Julie Moore, Kamp Kookamunga has rescheduled its field trips for the week to be indoors. Additionally, activity levels were limited…

Another air quality alert for Puget Sound as wildfire smoke returns

The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency and the local health jurisdictions of King, Kitsap, Pierce, and Snohomish counties have issued an air quality alert due to wildfire smoke-related air pollution, which may cause health problems. “Air quality levels are going up more quickly than expected in the Puget Sound Region and we are reaching levels…

Stage 1 Outdoor Burning Ban now in effect in Snohomish County

Most of Snohomish County was put on a Stage 1 Outdoor Burning Ban on Friday morning. The restriction bans outdoor burning, except for recreational fires that are less than three feet in diameter and less than two feet high and only used for cooking and pleasure. Recreational fires must also be contained within a fire…

Bring unwanted Styrofoam to recycling event in Edmonds July 14

If you have Styrofoam laying around and are a Republic Services customer, bring that unwanted Styrofoam to a Styrocycle event Saturday, July 14. An earlier Styrocycle event in June drew over 40 people who brought 38 cubic yards of Styrofoam. The collected Styrofoam is turned over to Styro Recycle, which recycles it into new materials…

Happening nearby: Edmonds-based Interfaith Climate Action group to meet June 14

Interfaith Climate Action (ICA) meets on the second Thursday of each month at 3:30 p.m. in the library of Edmonds United Methodist Church. The next meeting is this Thursday, June 14. ICA is an ecumenical, faith-based organization whose purpose is “to publicly raise the moral and ethical issues involved in the climate crisis and to work…

Human drugs may be affecting Puget Sound salmon, report says

Antidepressants. Diabetes drugs. High-blood-pressure medication. Puget Sound chinook are doing our drugs, and it may be hurting them. That’s according to new research reported in a story from our online news partner The Seattle Times. The response was particularly pronounced in Puget Sound chinook — a threatened species many other animals depend on for their…

Teens invited to apply for summer jobs with Ecology Youth Corps

This summer, more than 300 teenagers throughout Washington will hit the road to pick up litter and protect the environment with the Ecology Youth Corps. “The Ecology Youth Corps is a terrific first job for young people, and it’s a way they can give back by protecting the environment in their communities,” said Peter Christiansen,…

May 6 electronics recycling event to benefit Meadowdale HS music and arts

An electronics recycling event benefiting Meadowdale High School music and arts programs is set from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 6 in the high school parking lot. Unwanted electronics such as computers, laptops, televisions, e-readers or even larger appliances like refrigerators or washer/dryers are welcome at this donation-driven event, benefiting the Meadowdale Arts…

Lynnwood Open golf tournament Sept. 16 to benefit Holly House

There are a few spots left in the Lynnwood Open, a charity golf tournament happening this Friday, Sept. 16 at Lynnwood Golf Course. The beneficiary is Holly House, which provides holiday gifts to children in need in the Edmonds School District. Cost is $75 per person. There will be four-player teams, happy hour food, hole…

Fungus found on bat likely came from eastern United States

The fungus on a bat found in North Bend earlier this year and diagnosed with white-nose syndrome likely came from the eastern United States. According to a report by the U.S. Geological Survey released Wednesday morning, the DNA of the fungus has been sequenced and compared to samples from the eastern United States and other samples…

State requests Puget Sound become ‘no-discharge zone’ for vessel sewage

The Washington State Department of Ecology, with support from other state agencies, on Thursday, July 21, formally requested that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency  protect Puget Sound by making it a no-discharge zone for vessel sewage. The move would prohibit commercial and recreational vessels from releasing sewage into Puget Sound. The Sound’s shellfish beds, swimming…