Environment

City of MLT highlighted in video on sustainability strategies

Mountlake Terrace is featured in a Washington State Department of Commerce educational video on the subject of sustainability strategies for government agencies and jurisdictions. The video, and produced by the state Department of Commerce, is meant to help communities learn more about how they can encourage a sustainable healthy future through good planning and follow-up. In the video, the City o... »

Burn ban ends in Snohomish, Pierce counties

The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency on Monday morning announced that it has ended the Stage 1 air quality burn bans for Pierce and Snohomish counties. »

Burn ban issued for Snohomish County

Burn ban issued for Snohomish County

Due to stagnant weather conditions and rising pollution levels, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency is issuing a Stage 1 burn ban for Snohomish County. This ban remains in effect until further notice. The purpose of a burn ban is to reduce the amount of pollution that is creating unhealthy air, usually due to excessive wood smoke. Weather conditions contributing to the ban are cold temperatures, clea... »

Puget Sound Clean Air Agency ends burn ban for Snohomish County

The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency announced Thursday that it has ended its burn bans for King, Pierce and Snohomish Counties, effective at 11 a.m. »

Stage 1 burn ban in effect Dec. 25

Stage 1 burn ban in effect Dec. 25

Due to increasingly stagnant weather conditions, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency is issuing a Stage 1 burn ban for Snohomish County, effective at 5 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 25. This ban will remain in effect until further notice. “We need to keep our air healthy every day of the year, including holidays, ” said Craig Kenworthy, Executive Director of the Clean Air Agency. “Stagnant conditions over th... »

Brier seeking county funds for purchasing parkland

Brier seeking county funds for purchasing parkland

The City of Brier is seeking just under $1 million of a $25 million grant fund that Snohomish County will divvy up and give to local jurisdictions to purchase land parcels for open space and parks. Brier officials get their turn on Tuesday at persuading the Snohomish County Conservation Futures Program Advisory Board to grant them $999,392 from the $25 million fund. Brier would use the money to pu... »

Work begins on bridge over McAleer Creek

Work begins on bridge over McAleer Creek

Work has begun on one of two new bridges over McAleer Creek at the Nile Shriners Golf Course in Mountlake Terrace. The 30-foot structure and a smaller bridge to be built a little downstream will replace a roadway and a golf cart path that currently bridge the creek. The bridges and accompanying culverts will allow for a “freer flow” of water through McAleer Creek, helping to ellivate s... »

MLT City Council updates State Environmental Policy Act ordinance

An updated ordinance for implementing the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) was adopted by Mountlake Terrace City Council following a public hearing at its May 20 meeting. In 2012, the state Department of Ecology updated its SEPA rules to streamline regulatory processes in light of the increased environmental protections in place under the Growth Management Act, Shoreline Management Act, and o... »

Volunteers clean up Ballinger Park for Earth Day

Volunteers clean up Ballinger Park for Earth Day

About 75 volunteers turned out Saturday to help clear 300 yards of debris including brush and blackberry bushes and 20 yards of garbage off of the shoreline in Ballinger Park in honor of Earth Day. “I’m excited to see so many dedicated volunteers come out to help at our Earth Day Cleanup. They work very hard to clean up our parks and enhance the image of our city,” said Mayor Pro Tem Laura Sonmore... »

Interest in all things ‘green’ growing in Mountlake Terrace

Mountlake Terrace residents are more interested than ever in learning about conservation and sustainability, according to a “green team” of city officials. Members of seven city departments form the team that pushes strategies for improved care of the local environment, economy and community livability in Mountlake Terrace. The team presented their annual report to the city council last week. The ... »

State Ecology Department seeks comments on MLT’s Shoreline Master Program

Public comment on Mountlake Terrace’s recently updated Shoreline Master Program (SMP) is being sought by the Washington state Department of Ecology. The proposed SMP update, which was developed in 2010-2012, will guide construction and development in the city’s 1.2 miles of Lake Ballinger shoreline. It includes new shoreline environment designations, permitted use, buffers from the shoreline, cree... »

Terrace embraces recycling, composting

Terrace embraces recycling, composting

By Doug Petrowski While separating ones garbage, recycling and yard waste can be a hassle or an inconvenience, Mountlake Terrace residents have come to accept the practice, and even have a better record of recycling than some other neighboring communities, according to Waste Management. Mountlake Terrace has done very well with it, said William Ibershof, Public Sector Manager of Waste Managemen... »

Time to register for April 20 MLT clean-up event

Individuals and groups are being invited to register for a volunteer city clean-up event on Saturday, April 20 in Mountlake Terrace. City officials will lead an effort to clean up various parks and public spaces beginning at 9 a.m. Members of the Mountlake Terrace City Council will host a free lunch for all volunteers at the Ballinger Lake Clubhouse as part of the days activities. The work event ... »

City begins installation of new LED street lights

Work to install new LED street light fixtures throughout Mountlake Terrace has begun; the new lights are expected to save the city $22,000 along with over 277,708 kilowatt-hours of electricity annually, city officials report. In August 2012, the citys Public Works Department was awarded a State Department of Commerce Grant for $79,500 to retrofit approximately 250 existing city-owned streetlights... »

Snohomish, King County burn bans lifted

Burn bans have been lifted for Snohomish and King counties, effective at 1 p.m. Monday, but due to stagnant weather conditions, a Stage 1 burn ban remains in effect for Pierce County, until further notice. We are lifting the burn bans in King and Snohomish counties because winds are picking up and temperatures are warming, said Dr. Phil Swartzendruber, agency forecaster. But Pierce County is st... »

Snohomish County burn ban lifted

As of noon Thursday, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency has lifted the air quality burn ban issued for Pierce and Snohomish counties. Agency forecasters expected winds to pick up Thursday evening, which should help disperse air pollution that has built up over the past few days, especially in communities where wood burning is common. »

City receives grants to help fund LED fixtures

The City of Mountlake Terrace has been awarded an $80,000 grant from the Washington State Department of Commerce to replace existing streetlights with new energy-efficient Light Emitting Diode (LED) fixtures. The project will replace 248 existing city-owned street light fixtures with new LED retrofits. The total project cost is estimated at $240,000. Snohomish PUD has also pledged $40,000 of incen... »

Learn more about low-cost home energy-efficiency audits in MLT June 14

Learn more about low-cost home energy-efficiency audits in MLT June 14

SustainableWorks, a non-profit home energy conservation consultant, is hosting an informational meeting for local residents considering energy efficiency upgrades to their homes. The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, June 14, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Mountlake Terrace Library. SustainableWorks offers property owners assistance in assessing and retrofitting homes to be more energy-efficient. The non-... »

Electric cars owners now can get a charge out of MLT

Electric cars owners now can get a charge out of MLT

The City of Mountlake Terrace and Community Transit hosted the grand opening of 10 new electric vehicle charging stations Saturday at the Mountlake Terrace Transit Center. Several dignitaries were on hand to mark the occasion, including Congressman Rick Larsen, Mountlake Terrace Mayor Jerry Smith and Mayor Pro Tem Laura , Community Transit Board Member and Snohomish County Councilmember Dave Gosse... »

Reminder: You’re invited to ‘get charged up’ at MLT Transit Center Saturday

Reminder: You’re invited to ‘get charged up’ at MLT Transit Center Saturday

The City of Mountlake Terrace, in partnership with Community Transit, will host the grand opening of 10 new electric vehicle charging stations on Saturday, May 5, at 1 p.m. The event takes place at the Mountlake Terrace Transit Center, 6001 236th St. S.W. Congressman Rick Larsen, Mountlake Terrace Mayor Jerry Smith, Community Transit Board Member and Snohomish County Councilmember Dave Gossett an... »

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