Environment

Snohomish PUD offers up ways to save energy, money

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 cracks around doors and windows to make sure they’re properly seal... »

Lightning strikes light up the sky

Lightning strikes light up the sky

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Solarize South County Community Coalition looking for community organizations

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. Solariz... »

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

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

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 focus on civic engagement in the legal and regu... »

Mountlake Terrace Parks data added to national mapping app

Mountlake Terrace Parks data added to national mapping app

The City of Mountlake Terrace Recreation and Parks Department recently added its parks geographic information systems (GIS) data to a nationwide online mapping application developed by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). The new system known as “PRORAGIS” or the Parks and Recreation Operation Ratio GIS is located at https://host.appgeo.com/NRPA_PRORAGIS/Index.aspx. PRORAGIS was de... »

More culvert replacements aimed at alleviating Lake Ballinger flooding

More culvert replacements aimed at alleviating Lake Ballinger flooding

Following completion of a new culvert/vehicle bridge over McAleer Creek at the Nile Shriners Golf Course last September, crews are now gearing up to replace two other culverts that the creek runs through at the golf course. New West Development Inc. of Everett finished the installation last September of a 30-foot bridge that not only increased the flow of water in McAleer Creek but also handles th... »

Big E Ales to host fundraiser for 2014 MTHS grad night party

Big E Ales to host fundraiser for 2014 MTHS grad night party

The 2014 graduating class of Mountlake Terrace High School will benefit from a fundraising event at Big E Ales in Lynnwood Saturday, May 17. The evening will include food, drinks, live music, a silent auction and plenty of fun at the local brew house. The 21-and-older event is scheduled to run from 6-10 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door for $20; attendees can save $5 by purchasing their t... »

Evergreen Playfield Complex cleanup set for Saturday

Evergreen Playfield Complex cleanup set for Saturday

In honor of Earth Day, the City of Mountlake Terrace is providing an opportunity for citizens to give back to their community. Families, friends and neighbors are invited to help tidy up Evergreen Playfield Complex on Saturday, April 26 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Volunteers should meet at the Evergreen Playfield parking lot, 22205-56th Ave. W. at 9 a.m. in comfortable work clothes and with gloves an... »

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... »

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