PUD to host drive-thru holiday lighting exchange on Nov. 20

Snohomish County PUD is helping customers have a little brighter and greener holiday, with a socially distant drive-thru Holiday LED Lighting Exchange from noon to 3 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 20. The event will be outside PUD Headquarters in downtown Everett at 2320 California St. Customers can exchange up to five strands of their working…

SnoPUD giving away energy-saving bundles, offering conservation tips for cold weather

With below-average temperatures forecast for this weekend and more workers and students staying home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, keeping energy consumption down is more challenging than usual. Snohomish County PUD offers incentives on energy-efficiency products and easy energy-saving tips to help customers reduce usage and expenses. The PUD is currently giving away energy-saving bundles…

Snohomish County residents: Get paid to scrap your old wood stove

If you have an old or uncertified wood-burning device, you may qualify for cash rewards to recycle it or get a discount on the purchase of new heating equipment. Through the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency’s Wood Stove Program, Snohomish County residents can receive $350 for recycling their old, polluting wood stove. Eligible devices include wood stoves…

Lynnwood fish hatchery boardwalk dedicated to veteran who built it

Lynnwood city staff held a virtual ribbon-cutting ceremony earlier this month to celebrate the dedication of the city’s Fish Hatchery and Environmental Education Center boardwalk to the man who built it. Constructed in 2018, the boardwalk located at Hall Lake was dedicated on Sept. 17 to Chris Rodriguez, a crew lead for the Veterans Conservation…

Public invited to comment on firefighting foam collection and disposal plan

The Washington Department of Ecology proposes to use the state’s hazardous waste contractor, Clean Harbors, to collect stockpiles of PFAS-containing firefighting foam from fire stations and select state agencies across Washington. Clean Harbors will transport the foam to their Aragonite commercial waste incineration facility located in Tooele County, Utah. PFAS, a class of persistent chemicals…

SnoPUD offers electric vehicle customers rewards for charger installation

As part of its Connect & Drive program, Snohomish County PUD is offering customers up to a $500 reward for the purchase and installation of qualifying Level 2 Energy Star EV chargers in their homes. “One of the key strategies of the PUD’s Electric Transportation Plan is to support our customers with the adoption of…

Save the date: Scriber Lake Park work party set for Sept. 26

National Public Lands Day is Saturday, Sept. 26, and the City of Lynnwood invites you to celebrate by volunteering for a “physically distant” work party, in conjunction with Earth Corps, to remove ivy and invasive plants at Scriber Lake Park. There are two separate volunteer shifts, from 9-11 a.m. and noon to 2 p.m., to ensure…

PUD commissioners approve new ‘Connect Up’ metering technology program

The Snohomish County PUD Board of Commissioners this week approved the utility’s Connect Up program, an infrastructure and technology project aimed at delivering benefits to customers and the utility through deployment of new meters and supporting infrastructure, PUD said in a Friday announcement. “The PUD strives to become the utility of the future and I…

Sponsor spotlight: Need a garden refresh? Be water wise with the PUD

Pacific Northwest summers are renowned for plentiful sunshine, warm temperatures, and outdoor activities like gardening. But summer is also peak drought and wildfire season, when rainfall is sparse and water conservation is critical. As a national leader in carbon-free energy, Snohomish County PUD is one of the most environmentally conscious utilities in the nation. That…

State Ecology Department to study 11 consumer products for toxic chemicals

Following a 2019 state law aimed at keeping toxic chemicals out of consumer products, the Washington Department of Ecology last week submitted a report to the Legislature outlining 11 consumer products that need further study and potential regulation. These products could be hazardous to human health and the environment. The draft report, made public in…

Virtual Repair Café and mini DIY workshops set for May 30

The WSU Snohomish County Extension is sponsoring Virtual Repair Café and mini DIY workshops Saturday, May 30, from 10 – 11 a.m. via ZOOM.us The workshops are open to any and all that are interested in learning how to fix their broken items. There will be five concurrent 20-minute workshops focused on: – How to Fix…

New pumpout stations expand options for boaters

When boaters get out onto the water this boating season, they will find more pumpout stations to help them keep Washington’s waters clean from sewage spillage. Washington’s two newest pumpout stations can be found at Captain’s Landing on Shaw Island in the San Juans and at Seattle Boat Company’s SkyLaunch Marina on Lake Union. The…

Baby salmon heading to sea

About 6,000 baby salmon were released into Lunds Gulch Creek in Meadowdale Beach Park on Friday for their journey to sea.  These chum salmon fry started as eggs in January from the Suquamish Tribe’s Grover Creek Hatchery that were hatched and fed in tanks at upper Lunds Gulch Creek and at St. Thomas More Parish…

Sponsor spotlight: There is a place for everyone — Take the first step

“People often thank me when I say I’m a climate activist. I think it’s because people have that nagging feeling that climate change is a looming catastrophe, but they haven’t been able to find a way to address it in their own busy lives,” said Nancy Johnson, Sno-Isle Sierra Club Co-Chair, “But in truth, there…

Hall Lake neighbors release salmon from local hatchery

With school closures in effect through the remainder of the 2019-20 school year, students have not been able to assist the City of Lynnwood Fish Hatchery and Environmental Education Center release baby salmon into the wild. April is usually the time of year when Lynnwood students take field trips to the salmon hatchery and environmental education…

Snohomish County PUD earns Energy Star Award for Excellence

Snohomish County PUD was recently honored with a 2020 Energy Star Award for Excellence for its promotion efforts in expanding energy-efficiency outreach to hard-to-reach customers and delivering 65,000 Energy Star-certified products to nearly 20,000 households. Energy Star is the government-backed symbol for energy efficiency, providing credible and unbiased information that consumers and businesses rely on…

State Legislature approves statewide ban on single-use plastic bags

A bill sponsored by 21st District State Rep. Strom Peterson to ban single-use plastic bags in retail stores statewide has been approved by the Washington State Legislature and is headed to the governor’s desk for signature. Peterson’s bill passed the House on Monday, March 9 after a companion bill in the Senate —  SB 5323— was…

Edmonds CC free recycling event still on for March 7

Edmonds Community College’s free recycling event is still on for this Saturday, March 7, the college says. The college Thursday announced it was canceling all campus events expected to draw more than 50 attendees, due to ongoing concerns about the spread of COVID-19, the illness caused by coronavirus. However, Edmonds CC spokesperson Marisa Pierce said…

Edmonds CC to offer free electronics, paper recycling March 7

Edmonds Community College will offer free electronic and styrofoam recycling, and free paper shredding from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 7, on campus at 20000 68th Ave. W, Lynnwood. Follow the signs at the 68th Avenue West and 200th Street S.outhwest entrance. “Mercury, lead, cadmium, and other hazardous and toxic material can be found in…