Plan to cut statewide fuel emissions 20 percent starts Jan. 1

On Jan. 1, 2023, Washington’s new Clean Fuel Standard will begin cutting greenhouse gas emissions from transportation — the state’s largest source of carbon pollution — the Washington State Department of Ecology says. Over the next 12 years, the new standard will reduce annual transportation emissions statewide by 20%, or about 4.3 million metric tons…

Stage 1 burn ban issued in Snohomish County

Due to stagnant weather conditions and rising air pollution, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency on Sunday issued a Stage 1 burn ban for Greater Pierce and Snohomish counties. This ban is in effect until further notice. The purpose of a burn ban is to reduce the amount of pollution creating unhealthy air, usually due to…

Clean air agency will pay you to lose your wood-burning stove

Qualifying Puget Sound residents can receive from $350-$2,000 to recycle their wood-burning device and upgrade to cleaner, more efficient home heating source, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency says. For a limited time, residents of King, Kitsap, Pierce, and Snohomish Counties can receive $350 for recycling their old, polluting wood stove. To qualify for the…

Community invited to Snohomish County Healthy Forest Day in McCollum Park Nov. 5

Snohomish County Healthy Forest Project and Forterra are hosting a Healthy Forest Day on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at McCollum Park in South Everett. No experience is necessary for participants in the Nov. 5 event, and tools, gloves and training are provided. Activities include planting young trees and plants, removing…

Reminder: Snohomish Conservation District hosting 5th annual Orca Recovery Day Oct. 15

Snohomish Conservation District is hosting its fifth annual Orca Recovery Day event in partnership with the City of Marysville on Saturday, Oct. 15 at the Strawberry Field Athletic Complex. Attendees will learn about the role they can play in protecting the Southern Resident orcas, including the benefits of trees along waterways and the impact of…

Snohomish County solid waste facilities to be open regular hours this weekend

All Snohomish County solid waste facilities will be open this weekend during regular business hours after a significant effort by county staff to clear excess garbage piles and return facilities to operational standards of safety. This work eliminates the need for a scheduled Sunday, Sept. 25 closure of solid waste facilities, including all transfer stations…

Regional railway issues forcing county to prepare for more temporary solid waste facility closures

Snohomish County’s Solid Waste Division said Tuesday it is preparing again for possible temporary facility closures due to ongoing regional railway transportation issues. Excess garbage is piling up and prompting health, safety and environmental concerns for customers and staff, similar to the challenges during May 2022. “Snohomish County continues to work closely with Republic Services,…

Preventing litter is ‘Simple As That,’ says new campaign in Washington

More than 75% of Washington residents choose to not litter and about 26% of litterers would be motivated to stop if a friend, family member or passenger asked them to refrain, according to 2021 research commissioned by the Washington State Department of Ecology. These numbers sound promising, but the truth is that more than 18…

Snohomish County surveying residents about possible tire recycling event

Snohomish County wants to hear from residents regarding a potential future tire recycling event. In a Monday morning news release, the Solid Waste Division of Public Works said it is researching the need for a future countywide tire recycling event through an anonymous public survey for Snohomish County residents. The short survey will help county…

Washington State Department of Ecology proposes rules to phase out gas vehicles by 2035

The Washington Department of Ecology is proposing rules requiring all new light-duty cars and trucks sold in Washington to meet zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) standards by 2035. The department is accepting public comments on the proposed regulations through Oct. 19. According to a department news release, Washington will be one of the first states to adopt…

County offering free lawn care workshops July 27, 28

Grow a beautiful, healthy lawn that keeps children and pets safe and local waters healthy. Snohomish County Surface Water Management will be hosting free online workshops on environmentally friendly lawn care Wednesday, July 27 and Thursday, July 28 from 6:30-8 p.m. The presenter will be Ladd Smith, of In Harmony Sustainable Landscapes. Ladd will cover how to grow…

Public invited to comment on proposed rule for state’s new Clean Fuel Standard

The Washington Department of Ecology is seeking public comment on the proposed rule for the Clean Fuel Standard, a new state climate policy effective Jan. 1, 2023. According to an ecology department news release, the Clean Fuel Standard incentivizes fuel suppliers to reduce the carbon intensity of transportation fuels 20% by 2038, eventually decreasing greenhouse…

Public invited to comment on rule for state’s new Clean Fuel Standard

The Washington Department of Ecology is seeking public comment on the proposed rule for the Clean Fuel Standard, a new state climate policy effective Jan. 1, 2023. According to an ecology department news release, the Clean Fuel Standard incentivizes fuel suppliers to reduce the carbon intensity of transportation fuels 20% by 2038, eventually decreasing greenhouse…

Environmental education takes center stage at Ballinger Park Saturday

Children and their families gathered at Ballinger Park in Mountlake Terrace Saturday morning for Youth Day, featuring environmental-themed science demonstrations, hands-on activities and games aimed at teaching how to keep water clean for everyone. The event, jointly hosted by the City of Mountlake Terrace and the Snohomish Conservation District, included a scavenger hunt for local plants…

Youth Day planned for Ballinger Park July 16

Youth Day at Lake Ballinger is family-friendly environmental event scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 16, at Ballinger Park, 23000 Lakeview Dr. in Mountlake Terrace. Learn how to help protect the streams and lakes around you – as well as the people, plants and animals that enjoy them. Designed for ages pre-K through…

New tree canopy assessment provides tree-planting tools for Puget Sound region

Trees in urban areas provide a number of benefits, from shade to cleaner air. Authors of a new assessment hope Puget Sound cities and towns will keep that in mind as the region sees rapid growth. The Urban Tree Canopy Assessment provides planning resources so forest managers can better prioritize where they plant trees in…

‘Do Not Flush’ labeling for disposable wipes now required

July 1 is the date that the “Do Not Flush” symbol must be on packaging of disposable wipes products sold in Washington state, including baby wipes and cleaning wipes. According to the Washington Association of Sewer & Water Districts (WASWD), the labeling is the result of a new law — passed in 2020 — that…

Reminder: Learn how to stop aquatic hitchhikers during June 25 event at Lake Ballinger

To help people enjoy Lake Ballinger without spreading aquatic invasive species, the City of Mountlake Terrace and Snohomish Conservation District are hosting a “Clean-Drain-Dry” event at the Ballinger boat launch on Saturday, June 25 from 11 a.m. to noon. Staff will be on hand to show people how to identify invasive plants and animals; how…

Edmonds Heights K-12 students win first place environmental design award

Edmonds Heights K-12 students Annika Johnson and Kellen Osborne-McKenna recently won first place in the high school division of a national biomimicry competition. The school, located in Edmonds, draws students from across the Edmonds School District. Biomimicry is a practice that learns from and mimics the strategies found in nature to solve human design challenges…

Mountlake Terrace awarded $30K grant to add trees

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources has awarded the City of Mountlake Terrace with a $30,000 grant for a street and parks tree planting program. This will be a multi-year effort to increase canopy by planting new street trees and adding trees to lower-canopy areas within city parks, the city said in a Monday…

Mountlake Terrace to receive $107,400 in grants for stormwater program

The City of Mountlake Terrace will receive three grants this year totaling $107,400 for its stormwater program. The Washington State Department of Ecology is funding a $26,000 two-year grant for invasive plant control in Lake Ballinger. It is also providing a $50,000 grant for efforts to support stormwater permit compliance work. The two-year grant will…

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…

Congressman Larsen to host telephone town hall April 21 on environmental issues

U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen will host a live telephone town hall at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 21 on environmental issues facing northwest Washington and efforts to fight climate change. Experts from the Washington State Department of Transportation and the University of Washington Climate Impacts Group will join the Second District congressman to hear constituents’ concerns…

Snohomish PUD receives Tree Line USA award

The Arbor Day Foundation has honored Snohomish County PUD with its annual Tree Line USA award, recognizing the utility’s ongoing commitment to proper tree pruning, planting and care across its 2,200-square-mile service territory. This is the 19th award for the PUD. The award was presented to the PUD during a celebration of Washington State Arbor…