Virtual Repair Café and mini DIY workshops set for May 30

The WSU Snohomish County Extension is sponsoring Virtual Repair Café and mini DIY workshops Saturday, May 30, from 10 – 11 a.m. via ZOOM.us The workshops are open to any and all that are interested in learning how to fix their broken items. There will be five concurrent 20-minute workshops focused on: – How to Fix…

New pumpout stations expand options for boaters

When boaters get out onto the water this boating season, they will find more pumpout stations to help them keep Washington’s waters clean from sewage spillage. Washington’s two newest pumpout stations can be found at Captain’s Landing on Shaw Island in the San Juans and at Seattle Boat Company’s SkyLaunch Marina on Lake Union. The…

Army Corps of Engineers releases draft report on Ballinger Park improvements

According to a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers report released late last week, the price tag to address floodplain issues, wetland and creek restoration and habitat enhancement projects at Mountlake Terrace’s Ballinger Park is approximately $5.4 million, up almost 10 percent from the estimated cost five years ago.  But the report is also a harbinger…

Sponsor spotlight: There is a place for everyone — Take the first step

“People often thank me when I say I’m a climate activist. I think it’s because people have that nagging feeling that climate change is a looming catastrophe, but they haven’t been able to find a way to address it in their own busy lives,” said Nancy Johnson, Sno-Isle Sierra Club Co-Chair, “But in truth, there…

Snohomish County PUD earns Energy Star Award for Excellence

Snohomish County PUD was recently honored with a 2020 Energy Star Award for Excellence for its promotion efforts in expanding energy-efficiency outreach to hard-to-reach customers and delivering 65,000 Energy Star-certified products to nearly 20,000 households. Energy Star is the government-backed symbol for energy efficiency, providing credible and unbiased information that consumers and businesses rely on…

State Legislature approves statewide ban on single-use plastic bags

A bill sponsored by 21st District State Rep. Strom Peterson to ban single-use plastic bags in retail stores statewide has been approved by the Washington State Legislature and is headed to the governor’s desk for signature. Peterson’s bill passed the House on Monday, March 9 after a companion bill in the Senate —  SB 5323— was…

Edmonds CC free recycling event still on for March 7

Edmonds Community College’s free recycling event is still on for this Saturday, March 7, the college says. The college Thursday announced it was canceling all campus events expected to draw more than 50 attendees, due to ongoing concerns about the spread of COVID-19, the illness caused by coronavirus. However, Edmonds CC spokesperson Marisa Pierce said…

Edmonds CC to offer free electronics, paper recycling March 7

Edmonds Community College will offer free electronic and styrofoam recycling, and free paper shredding from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 7, on campus at 20000 68th Ave. W, Lynnwood. Follow the signs at the 68th Avenue West and 200th Street S.outhwest entrance. “Mercury, lead, cadmium, and other hazardous and toxic material can be found in…

Salomon bill aimed at restoring salmon habitat wins state senate approval

A bill aimed at restoring salmon habitat for Puget Sound orcas struggling to find enough food to survive was approved by the Washington State Senate today by a vote of 32-16. SB 6147, sponsored by 32nd District Sen. Jesse Salomon (D-Shoreline), would require the state Department of Fish and Wildlife to consider less environmentally disruptive alternatives…

Snohomish County PUD to host Holiday Lights Exchange on Dec. 6

Snohomish County PUD is hosting an LED Holiday Lights Exchange from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, Dec. 6, in the lobby of its headquarters in downtown Everett. Customers can exchange up to five strands of their working incandescent holiday lights, per household, for the same number of LED holiday lights at no charge. The…

Environmental organizations to host transportation forum in Everett Nov. 21

A coalition of environmental organizations are hosting a transportation forum from 7-8:30 pm. Thursday, Nov. 21 at the Snohomish County Public Utility District Commission Meeting Room in Everett, The event is being hosted by Audubon Washington and co-hosted by Sno-Isle Sierra Club, Climate Solutions, 350 Everett, Green Snohomish, Fuse, Faith Action Network, Climate Reality Project and…

Snohomish PUD Recognized as a Smart Energy Provider

Snohomish County PUD recently earned the Smart Energy Provider (SEP) designation from the American Public Power Association  for demonstrating commitment and proficiency in energy efficiency, distributed generation, and environmental initiatives that support a goal of providing low-cost quality, safe and reliable electric service. “We take a lot of pride in the work our Energy Services…

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….

Saturday: Annual Earth Day Cleanup at Ballinger Park

In honor of Earth Day and Arbor Day, the City of Mountlake Terrace invites all to join the community effort to beautify Ballinger Park at the Earth Day Cleanup on Saturday, April 27, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The first 50 volunteers will receive a 1-gallon hemlock or chestnut tree. Individuals, families and groups…

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…