Scene in MLT: Boy Scouts volunteer to clean storm drains

Boy Scout Troop 60 spent Saturday volunteering to help Mountlake Terrace City staff clear the city’s storm drains. More than a dozen volunteers spent the morning learning about stormwater runoff and how it affects the environment. The scouts then helped city staff clean the storm drains around the city, including near the Town Center and…

Information session on Initiative 1631 set for Sept. 30 in Edmonds

Representatives from both sides of the Initiative 1631 carbon tax campaign will be appearing at an information session Sunday, Sept. 30, at Edmonds United Methodist Church, 828 Caspers St. During the event, which begins at 11:45 a.m. in the church chapel, you can learn more about what the initiative would do, as well as hear…

Reminder: Public invited to Sept. 11 meeting on aquatic plant control in Lake Ballinger

A draft strategy for controlling aquatic plant beds in Lake Balllinger, which borders both Edmonds and Mountlake Terrace, will be discussed at a public meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11 at the Mountlake Terrace Senior Center, 23000 Lakeview Drive, Mountlake Terrace. According to the meeting announcement, in recent years, Lake Ballinger residents and users…

Snohomish County climate, jobs and justice event in Everett Sept. 8

Local organizations, including the League of Women Voters of Snohomish County and the Interfaith Climate Coalition, are among the sponsors of a Rise for Climate, Jobs and Justice day of action at the Snohomish County Administration from 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, Sept. 8. “Join thousands around the world to call for a swift transition to a…

Burn ban lifted as clean air returns to Puget Sound

Air quality has greatly improved in the Puget Sound region, reaching normal, healthy levels by midday Thursday. The Stage 1 Burn Ban was also lifted at 1 p.m. Thursday due to the improved air quality conditions. However, smoke may return next week. “Enjoy it, and be on the look out for more smoke, as weather…

Relief from smoky conditions expected Thursday

The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency expects smoky conditions to greatly improve Wednesday night and throughout Thursday. According to the agency’s Wednesday afternoon forecast, smoke levels remained “Unhealthy” for everyone Wednesday. However, smoke is expected to begin moving east sometime late Wednesday or early Thursday. By the end of the day Thursday, residents throughout Puget…

Burn ban continues due to unhealthy air conditions Tuesday, sports practices impacted

Air quality levels in the Puget Sound region continued to be “Unhealthy” for all groups on Tuesday morning. A forecast from Puget Sound Clean Air Agency predicts “unhealthy” conditions to last through Wednesday. The agency recommends everyone stay indoors with windows closed as much as possible, especially if you can find somewhere cool. “We expect…

Air quality levels trigger burn ban, change of camp schedules starting Monday

Air pollution is increasing due to wildfire smoke and may cause health problems. For that reason, the City of Mountlake Terrace has rescheduled some outdoor activities for the week of Aug. 20. According to parks director Jeff Betz, outdoor field trips associated with city camps have been cancelled. Tennis lessons and camps were moved indoors….

Another air quality alert for Puget Sound as wildfire smoke returns

The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency and the local health jurisdictions of King, Kitsap, Pierce, and Snohomish counties have issued an air quality alert due to wildfire smoke-related air pollution, which may cause health problems. “Air quality levels are going up more quickly than expected in the Puget Sound Region and we are reaching levels…

Stage 1 Outdoor Burning Ban now in effect in Snohomish County

Most of Snohomish County was put on a Stage 1 Outdoor Burning Ban on Friday morning. The restriction bans outdoor burning, except for recreational fires that are less than three feet in diameter and less than two feet high and only used for cooking and pleasure. Recreational fires must also be contained within a fire…

Aquatic plant survey takes stock of Lake Ballinger milfoil

A small white boat putting around Lake Ballinger Wednesday morning was actually conducting an aquatic plant inventory. Made possible by a $25,000 grant from the Washington State Department of Ecology, the survey is meant to map the various aquatic plant species, with a focus on finding an invasive species of milfoil called Eurasian milfoil. When…

Meet an aquatic plant inventory team at Lake Ballinger on June 27

The cities of Mountlake Terrace and Edmonds are teaming up with Tetra Tech, Inc. to conduct an aquatic plant inventory to determine Eurasian milfoil (Myriophyllum spicatum) species and density in Lake Ballinger. The inventory information will be used to support effective control for milfoil in the lake, and will be conducted from a small internal…

Happening nearby: Edmonds-based Interfaith Climate Action group to meet June 14

Interfaith Climate Action (ICA) meets on the second Thursday of each month at 3:30 p.m. in the library of Edmonds United Methodist Church. The next meeting is this Thursday, June 14. ICA is an ecumenical, faith-based organization whose purpose is “to publicly raise the moral and ethical issues involved in the climate crisis and to work…

Human drugs may be affecting Puget Sound salmon, report says

Antidepressants. Diabetes drugs. High-blood-pressure medication. Puget Sound chinook are doing our drugs, and it may be hurting them. That’s according to new research reported in a story from our online news partner The Seattle Times. The response was particularly pronounced in Puget Sound chinook – a threatened species many other animals depend on for their…

Teens invited to apply for summer jobs with Ecology Youth Corps

This summer, more than 300 teenagers throughout Washington will hit the road to pick up litter and protect the environment with the Ecology Youth Corps. “The Ecology Youth Corps is a terrific first job for young people, and it’s a way they can give back by protecting the environment in their communities,” said Peter Christiansen,…

Letter to the editor: Everyone benefits when our wetlands thrive

Dear Editor: Mountlake Terrace is full of pleasant, productive wildlife habitat, and some of our most ecologically important sites are wetlands. Every Feb. 2, the international community observes World Wetlands Day, and this year, urban wetlands are the theme of the celebration. I invite our community to take this opportunity to learn about the importance…

Happening nearby: Fungus found on bat likely came from eastern United States

The fungus on a bat found in North Bend earlier this year and diagnosed with white-nose syndrome likely came from the eastern United States. According to a report by the U.S. Geological Survey released Wednesday morning, the DNA of the fungus has been sequenced and compared to samples from the eastern United States and other samples…

State requests Puget Sound become ‘no-discharge zone’ for vessel sewage

The Washington State Department of Ecology, with support from other state agencies, on Thursday, July 21, formally requested that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency  protect Puget Sound by making it a no-discharge zone for vessel sewage. The move would prohibit commercial and recreational vessels from releasing sewage into Puget Sound. The Sound’s shellfish beds, swimming…

Mountlake Terrace library takes steps to reduce trash

The Mountlake Terrace Library is taking steps to reduce landfill waste by recycling and composting more trash. “Over the past five years, we’ve systematically become a greener, more sustainable operation,” Public Information Manager Jim Hills wrote on Sno-Isle’s website. “With 21 libraries, five mobile-library vehicles, a fleet of additional vehicles and a service center, Sno-Isle Libraries…

Department of Ecology seeks public comment on oil transportation safety

The public is invited to comment on two proposed rules aimed at improving the safety of transporting oil through the state. Comments for both proposed rules will be accepted until June 10. The first proposed rule would create notice requirements for facilities receiving oil by rail and pipelines transporting crude oil. Affected communities would be notified…