Volunteers pitch in at Mountlake Terrace spring cleanup

More than 60 volunteers turned out for a City of Mountlake Terrace-sponsored work party to clean up Veterans Memorial Park and the Civic Campus on Saturday morning in honor of Earth Day and Arbor Day. Activities during the three-hour community event included pruning, raking, spreading wood chips, invasive plant removal, clearing debris and picking up…

Terrace Park Elementary to host Earth Day cleanup April 23

The Terrace Park Elementary School PTA is holding a cleanup event, in honor of Earth Day, at the school on Saturday, April 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Activities will include picking up trash, weeding and spreading bark mulch. “The Terrace Park campus needs our help,” organizers note. “There is much to do, and…

Free admission to national parks on April 16 kicks off National Park Week celebration

Entrance fees at national parks will be waived on April 16 to mark the beginning of National Park Week 2022, which runs from April 16-24. The National Park Service partners with the National Park Foundation, the official charity of the parks, for the annual celebration every April that encourages people “to explore amazing places, discover stories…

Snohomish Conservation District holding annual youth art contest through Feb. 22

The Snohomish Conservation District is holding its fifth annual youth art contest. Through Feb. 22, children in grades pre-K through high school who live in Snohomish County or Camano Island can submit one piece of artwork about birds either online or by mail. Birds were chosen as the special theme for this year’s contest theme…

State asks public for feedback on reducing harmful chemicals in consumer products

The Washington State Department of Health and the Washington State Department of Ecology are asking residents, businesses, organizations and other stakeholders for their input about keeping communities and the environment safer from toxic chemicals in consumer products. Public feedback on the actions it supports to reduce harmful chemicals in those products will be used to…

County seeks public’s ideas on updating comprehensive plan for growth management

Snohomish County is asking for public comments to help develop its 2024 Comprehensive Plan update. The county is currently gathering feedback to assist with creating an overarching vision statement and also regarding the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) scoping process for the environmental review portion of the update. The county’s population is estimated to experience an…

Orca Recovery Day event draws 100 to nature walk, scavenger hunt at Ballinger Park

Updated to clarify the number of days that Tahlequah, the orca mother, carried her dead baby. Participants in a local Orca Recovery Day event gathered for a nature walk through Ballinger Park in Mountlake Terrace Oct. 16. Attendees learned about local native and invasive plants, how to create bird habitat, and why that kind of…

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…