City planning to update wetland regulations

The Lynnwood City Council is scheduled Monday to consider a contract with Environmental Science Associates (ESA), for technical support and assistance in understanding, drafting, and updating the City’s current wetland regulations, as well as updating its base maps identifying potential regulated critical areas. The Washington State Department of Ecology updated the Washington State Wetland Rating Systems for western Washington….

Snohomish County downgraded to Stage 1 burn ban

The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency is downgrading Snohomish County to a Stage 1 burn ban, effective at noon Friday, Jan. 2. This ban remains in effect until further notice. The use of fireplaces and uncertified wood stoves is prohibited until air quality improves. A weak system will bring some winds and light rain midday Friday, with winds…

Sound Salmon Solutions offers free tree and ecologist advice

Sound Salmon Solutions is offering residents of Southwestern Snohomish County free tree and ecologist advice. Eligible residents are encouraged to plant trees on their property to attract wildlife and create privacy. Do you live near a water body like a stream, river, or lake? This is your chance to receive a free tree to plant on your…

Stage 1 burn ban issued in Snohomish County Sunday

Due to stagnant weather conditions and rising air pollution, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency is issuing a Stage 1 burn ban for King, Snohomish and Pierce counties, effective at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 30. This ban is in effect until further notice. The purpose of a burn ban is to reduce the amount…

Edmonds Community College honored as Champion of Sustainability

 Edmonds Community College will be recognized as a Champion of Sustainability at the Seattle Seahawks game on Nov. 23 for demonstrating a commitment to sustainability by the Seattle Seahawks and McKinstry, a Seattle-based consulting, construction, energy, and facility services company. According to McKinstry, Edmonds Community College has demonstrated actions to upgrade buildings’ infrastructure and reduce…

Stage 1 burn ban issued for Snohomish County

Due to stagnant weather conditions and rising air pollution, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency is issuing a Stage 1 burn ban for Snohomish County, effective at 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 14. This ban is in effect until further notice. The purpose of a burn ban is to reduce the amount of pollution that…

City’s Community Health and Safety initiative producing results

The city of Lynnwood’s Community Health and Safety initiative is producing results. The recent endeavor is a partnership of the Lynnwood Police, Community Development, and Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts Departments. The mission of the Community Health and Safety Initiative is to leverage community partnerships; to institute creative problem-solving techniques through a unified city-wide interdepartmental approach;…

Tunnel to beach at Meadowdale Beach Park now closed

Snohomish County Parks and Recreation Department notes that there currently is no beach access at Meadowdale Beach Park. The pedestrian access tunnel is now closed. The rest of the 108-acre park remains open. Puget Sound beach access is available at Picnic Point County Park. The tunnel is closed to allow for salmon passage. Meadowdale Beach…

Lynnwood Work Opportunities center now capturing sunlight thanks to PUD project

Work Opportunities’ Lynnwood Center is now capturing sunlight and using it to generate power, thanks to a grant from Snohomish County PUD‘s Planet Power project. The centerpiece of this $40,000 project involved the installation of 35-280 Watt solar panels (by Artisan Electric Inc) on the roof and south-facing wall near the center’s entrance. The system…

Growing Cities film to be screened on Oct. 21

Edmonds Community College is having a free screening of “Growing Cities,” a film about urban farming at 12:30 p.m., Tues., Oct. 21, in the Black Box Theatre on campus — 20000 68th Ave. W, Lynnwood. “Growing Cities” — a film about urban farming in America — offers inspiring stories of urban dwellers who are transforming their communities…

City seeking volunteer groups for Adopt-a-Garden program

The City of Lynnwood is teaming up with eager citizens for an opportunity to contribute time and energy to the beautification of the City’s public spaces. The new Adopt-a-Garden program, initiated by the Community Health and Safety Section of the Lynnwood Police Department in coordination with the Parks Department, was created in response to citizen requests…

More Snohomish County PUD customers turning to solar power

Snohomish County PUD customers have hit another milestone: their combined solar energy capacity stands at 3 megawatts, up 50 percent from just one year ago. About 500 PUD customers now generate part of their electricity with photovoltaic solar units. “We’ve seen system prices drop to about half of what they were a few years ago,”…

Snohomish PUD offers up ways to save energy, money

The temperatures say its still summer but the calendar is inching its way to fall and that means increased heating bills. Snohomish County Public Utility District has some great ideas for saving energy as fall approaches. You’ll not only save money on bills, but you’ll be helping the environment by using resources wisely. Check for…

Solarize South County Community Coalition looking for community organizations

The Solarize South County Community Coalition is seeking applications from qualified community organizations interested in having a donated solar photovoltaic system installed at their facility. The donated equipment will serve as a community award as part of Solarize South County, a project of Northwest Sustainable Energy for Economic Development (Northwest SEED) and Snohomish County PUD….

Watershed/Marine Ecology Citizen Action Training School coming to Snohomish County

Residents in Snohomish, King, Island, and Skagit counties will have the opportunity to participate in a new program this fall dedicated to training citizens to be effectively engaged in recovery efforts for Puget Sound and local watersheds. The Citizen Action Training School (CATS) is a free program in watershed and Puget Sound ecology, with an added…

Snohomish County PUD to fund Lynnwood Solar Project

Several thousand Snohomish County PUD customers are supporting solar energy, including a project in Lynnwood, by participating in the utility’s voluntary Planet Power green energy program. The PUD is finalizing plans for four additional projects to be installed this year. With the new installations, the program will support 29 solar arrays throughout Snohomish County. This…

Free educational workshops on solar power coming to Lynnwood and Edmonds

South Snohomish County is going solar and residents and business owners are invited to participate. Solarize South County is a citizen-led initiative to bring solar energy to homes and businesses in several communities. A collaborative effort of Northwest Sustainable Energy for Economic Development (Northwest SEED), Snohomish County PUD, the City of Edmonds and a team…

Give Bees a chance at Share the Buzz on Saturday, June 21 at Whole Foods Market

Whole Foods Market presents Share the Buzz, an educational event on bees, from 1-3 p.m. at its Lynnwood location. A representative from the Northwest District Beekeepers Association will be here with a observation hive and will answer questions about bees. Children can make a seed-bomb and everyone can taste delicious bee-friendly samples around the store U.S….

Reptile Man and Friends coming to Lynnwood Library

Friends of the Lynnwood Library are inviting all children and their families to come meet the Reptile Man & Friends at 7 p.m., Thursday, June 19 at the Lynnwood Library. Slither in and take a close look at some exotic reptiles from around the world. Zoologist and educator Scott Peterson shows each animal and talks about…

Happening nearby: Edmonds Watershed Fun Fair set for May 31

The Edmonds Watershed Fun Fair will be from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., May 31, in Edmonds. The fair includes: • Interpretive walks at Edmonds Marsh • Status update on marsh restoration • “Shorebird Maze” for kids • Geocaching activity • Guided tours (11:30 a.m and 1:30 p.m.) of the Wildlife Habitat and Native Plant Demonstration Garden…

Celebration of Food Festival coming to Lynnwood Convention Center on May 18

The third annual Celebration of Food Festival is coming to the Lynnwood Convention Center on May 18. Food Revolution Snohomish County, a movement aimed at encouraging growing, cooking, preserving, and eating real and healthy food, presents the free, family event where participants can taste, explore, and experience real food from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. “This event brings…