Residents invited to apply for county’s new Climate Action Advisory Committee

Snohomish County has a new Climate Action Advisory Committee, and county residents are invited to apply. Membership on the committee will include representatives from environmental advocacy groups, local businesses, youth, educational institutions and underserved community members who may be disproportionally effected by climate change impacts. The committee will provide recommendations about policies and practices to…

Paine Field earns Salmon-Safe certification 

Snohomish County-owned Paine Field Airport has been certified Salmon-Safe for its long-running efforts to maintain water quality and natural habitat that supports the biological needs of salmon. Paine Field is the third airport in North America to receive such a designation. “Earning Salmon-Safe certification is a huge accomplishment for Snohomish County. I’m thankful and proud of everybody…

Reminder: Volunteers needed for recycling stations at Taste Edmonds

The City of Edmonds Recycling Program is seeking volunteers to come help at the three-day Taste Edmonds festival, taking place in downtown Edmonds on Friday, Aug. 16 through Sunday, Aug. 18. People are needed to fill three-hour shifts to monitor activity at the designated recycling stations. The goal is to divert as much of the…

SnoPUD’s Planet Power to fund five local solar projects

Snohomish County PUD’s Planet Power program recently awarded five local organizations funds for the construction of solar energy projects. Planet Power has focused on supporting organizations that provide community services and/or renewable energy education. The program was funded through voluntary contributions from PUD customers. In this final round of grants, Planet Power awarded $260,000 to…

Snohomish County PUD summertime work aimed at enhancing system reliability

Snohomish County PUD says that it will take advantage of the summer weather to make electrical system improvements and complete preventative maintenance projects. The work helps to ensure the PUD maintains high levels of reliability as stormy weather arrives this fall and winter. The PUD has work scheduled on many of its substations, including standard…

Workshop on how to ‘adopt’ a stream set for May 30 in south Everett

Interested in “adopting” your local stream? On Thursday, May 30 at 7 p.m., stream ecologist Tom Murdoch will present “five steps of how to adopt a stream” that work. This event takes place at the Adopt A Stream Foundation’s Northwest Stream Center. located at the south end of Snohomish County’s McCollum Park, 600 128th St….

Reminder: Meadowdale HS Arts and Music Boosters recycling fundraiser May 11

Looking for a place to dispose of your old electronics like computers, laptops, printers, scanners, modems, e-readers. Need to get rid of larger appliances like refrigerators, washer/dryers, water heaters; barbecues, lawn mowers, bikes, motorcycles, or vehicle or computer batteries? On Saturday, May 11, Meadowdale High School’s Arts and Music Boosters organization is hosting a recycling…

SnoPUD Community Solar sales begin April 22

Snohomish County PUD’s first Community Solar program officially launches on Earth Day. Sales of solar energy units for the PUD’s Community Solar program will begin at 8 a.m., April 22. Customers interested in purchasing the 76-watt solar energy units can visit www.snopud.com/communitysolar. Each solar energy unit is one-fifth of a solar panel and costs $120….

Snohomish County PUD recognized for work to improve salmon habitat

The National Hydropower Association in April presented Snohomish County PUD with its annual Outstanding Stewards of America’s Waters Award. The award recognizes the PUD’s recently completed Water Temperature Conditioning Project at Culmback Dam, designed to improve habitat for salmon and other aquatic life in the Sultan River downstream of the Spada Lake Reservoir. As part…

Beach Watcher training starts March 15; application deadline March 5

Help protect Puget Sound’s waters, wildlife and landscape through education, research and stewardship offered by the WSU Extension Beach Watcher training program, which starts March 15. Participants will receive 80 hours of university-caliber training involving field trips and expert lectures on topics like salmon, water quality, climate change, marine wildlife, coastal processes, citizen science and…

Snohomish PUD seeking sites for local solar projects

Snohomish County PUD is soliciting sites for local solar energy projects, with a focus on supporting organizations that provide community services and/or renewable energy education. The solar projects are funded under the utility’s Planet Power program through voluntary contributions from PUD customers. The 2019 projects are the final round of Planet Power projects as the…

Edmonds CC Bee Club to show ‘Flight of the Butterflies’ Feb. 21

Curious about the longest known insect migration on Earth? The Edmonds Community College Bee Club and Green Team is hosting a screening of Flight of the Butterflies on Thursday, Feb. 21 at the Black Box Theatre. The documentary follows a butterfly monarch leading her family on a perilous, 2,000 kilometer journey from Mexico to Canada….

Local businesses invited to take the EnviroStars Earth Day Challenge

Snohomish County PUD, Snohomish County, the City of Edmonds and Snohomish Health District have joined together to launch Snohomish County’s EnviroStars Earth Day Challenge, a competition to promote the benefits of EnviroStars to Snohomish County businesses. The Earth Day Challenge will run through March 31. Businesses that register and achieve recognition from EnviroStars by that…

Students Saving Salmon help restore local salmon populations

Students from Edmonds-Woodway and Meadowdale high schools are helping restore and enhance local salmon populations. Last Friday and Saturday, students placed fertilized coho and chum salmon eggs in instream incubators called “hatchboxes.”  The hatchboxes with chum salmon eggs were placed in lower Lunds Gulch Creek at Meadowdale Beach Park and those with coho salmon eggs…

Cash, discounts to recycle or replace your wood stove

Old, uncertified wood stoves and inserts are particularly polluting and inefficient. These wood stoves are no longer legal to sell, purchase, give away or re-install anywhere in Washington state due to the significant pollution they generate. If you have an old or uncertified wood-burning device, you may qualify for the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency’s…

Edmonds Rep. Strom Peterson co-sponsoring statewide reusable bag legislation

State Rep. Strom Peterson of Edmonds (D-21st District) and Sen. Kevin Ranker of Orcas Island announced Wednesday they are introducing companion bills during the January 2019 session of the state legislature to address plastic pollution and recycling contamination due to plastic bags. Called the reusable bag bill, the legislation will build off the existing 23…