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…

Reminder: Free access to state parks on April 22 for Earth Day

In honor of Earth Day, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is providing the public with a free day of access to state parks on Friday, April 22, during which visitors will not need a Discover Pass for day-use parking. There are various other free days throughout the year as part of the legislation that created…

Happening April 16: Windermere Real Estate/M2 LLC annual shredding event

The Windermere Real Estate/M2 LLC annual shredding event is set for 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, April 16 in Lynnwood. Bring your old or unused electronics for recycling or your unwanted old documents to be shredded. Organizers are also taking donations for the Lynnwood Food Bank; cash or food will be accepted. Items and donations can be…

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…

PUD launches new ‘Reading Between the Lines’ program in local libraries

Snohomish County PUD is launching a new partnership and reading program with Everett Public Libraries and Sno-Isle Public Libraries. The new reading program, “Reading Between the Lines,” will donate books to area libraries four times throughout the year. The books will range in topics from renewable energy to the science and technology of electricity, conservation…

Snohomish County PUD offers incentive for customers to enroll in paperless billing

Snohomish County PUD customers who enroll in paperless billing will receive an extra incentive: A $5 off coupon code to be used on energy-efficient products in the PUD Marketplace. All 140,000 PUD customers currently enrolled in paperless billing and any customers who enroll will receive the coupon code in an email. The PUD is facing…

Mountlake Terrace earns 2022 Tree City USA designation for commitment to urban forest

The City of Mountlake Terrace has been named a 2022 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation. This award honors the city’s commitment to effective urban forest management. The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters….

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…

Senate bill aims to protect communities from unplanned development

Permits issued to develop farmland could be withdrawn if a planned project would violate the state Growth Management Act (GMA), under legislation sponsored by 32nd District Sen. Jesse Salomon. The 32nd District includes portions of Edmonds, Lynnwood and Mountlake Terrace. Senate Bill 5042 would protect communities from having to provide costly infrastructure for unplanned development…

Larsen announces $3.25 million for Lake Ballinger Restoration Project

The City of Mountlake Terrace will receive $3.25 million in new funding for the its Ballinger Park ecosystem restoration project from the bipartisan federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The announcement Monday comes from U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers outlined its plans to invest $14 billion in 500 projects nationwide to…

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…

With cold weather in forecast, PUD offers energy-saving tips

After Santa’s job is done this holiday season, it’ll be time for your furnace to work overtime heating your home during what promises to be some very cold days. An extreme cold snap is forecast for next week and energy bills generally increase when temperatures drop. This is due to an increase in heating costs…

Reminder: Help count birds for science during Audubon’s annual Christmas Bird Count

The National Audubon Society invites birdwatchers and people with backyard bird feeders to participate in the longest-running citizen science survey — the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC). On Saturday, Dec. 18, birders and nature enthusiasts will take part in this century-long project. “Pilchuck Audubon is making a special effort to count birds visiting yard…

Clean air agency offering incentives to scrap your old wood stove

Puget Sound Clean Air Agency will pay you to lose your old wood stove. 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 recycling reward, you must own your home or property and will be responsible for removing…

Puget Sound wastewater treatment plants to tackle nutrient pollution with new permit

To stop the flow of nitrogen pollution and improve the health of Puget Sound, the Washington State Department of Ecology is requiring — starting Jan. 1 — that wastewater treatment plants — including those in Edmonds and Lynnwood — monitor discharges, optimize operations and plan for infrastructure investments. Excess nitrogen is the main pollutant causing…

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…

PUD Marketplace begins offering line voltage smart thermostats

For the first time, Snohomish County PUD is offering line voltage smart thermostats to its residential customers on its PUD Marketplace. PUD customers are eligible for instant rebates on thermostats from Mysa and Sinopé, including a manufacturer discount from Mysa until Nov. 30. Line voltage smart thermostats can be used with electric fan-forced wall heaters,…