The Washington State Department of Ecology is offering yard sampling for homes affected by the former copper smelter in Tacoma and is providing a cleanup program guide online.
The Residential Yard Sampling and Cleanup Program (Yard Program) offers free soil sampling and cleanup for homes impacted by the former Tacoma Asarco smelter. The design document explains how Ecology will run the Yard Program. The response to comments addresses the questions and concerns the department heard during the March-April, 2013 public ..continue reading
Seattle Department of Transportation Bicycle Master Plan Update was transmitted by Mayor Mike McGinn to Seattle City Council yesterday. SDOT says the plan is based on the vision that riding a bicycle is a comfortable and integral part of daily life in Seattle for people of all ages and abilities.
Click here to go directly to the updated Bicycle Master Plan.
On the Bicycle Master Plan website you’ll be able to download the following sections of the plan:
A reader’s ..continue reading
The Parks Legacy Citizens Advisory Committee (PLCAC), appointed to consider Seattle Parks and Recreation’s future funding options, has released a first draft of 37 newly prioritized investment initiatives (funding recommendations) that are being considered for a possible ballot measure in August 2014.
Click here to see the newly prioritized list on the PLCAC website.
Also, the Committee is considering what type of funding mechanism to use: short-term, long-term, levy or Metropolitan Park District. The committee has asked community members to attend ..continue reading
The Environmental Working Group has partnered with the Keep-A-Breast Foundation to bring attention to the tricks that endocrine disruptors can play on our bodies such as increasing production of certain hormones, decreasing production of others, imitating hormones, turning one hormone into another – and so much more.
The two groups have created a Dirty Dozen list which includes BPA, phthalates and other endocrine disruptors that are widespread in consumer products such as plastic containers, food cans and fragrances.
Review the list ..continue reading
Seattle Parks and Recreation is seeking nominations for the Denny Awards, which honor volunteer service to the city’s parks system. The deadline for nominations is Monday, October 14.
The awards will be presented at a recognition ceremony on Tuesday, December 3, at the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI), 860 Terry Ave. N. in South Lake Union Park.
The Denny Awards acknowledge and honor the crucial role volunteers play in neighborhood parks, community centers, and recreation programs throughout the city. In 2012, more than 40,000 ..continue reading
The Office of Arts & Culture’s Neighborhood & Community Arts program is announcing the availability of grants for 2014. The Neighborhood & Community Arts program helps Seattle’s neighborhood arts councils and community-based groups produce festivals and events that enhance the visibility of neighborhoods, promote cultural participation, celebrate diversity and build community through arts and culture.
In 2013, the program provided $1,200 each to 40 organizations to support annual public festivals and events. The 2013 Morgan Community Festival was a recipient of a $1200 grant ..continue reading
The Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is accepting applications to the Neighborhood Matching Fund’s Small and Simple Projects Fund.
The deadline for receipt of applications is 5:00 pm on Monday, October 7.
The Small and Simple Projects Fund provides matching funds of up to $25,000 to support community members as they work together to build a stronger and healthier neighborhood through civic participation. Activities may be physical projects, as well as ..continue reading
Editor’s Note: This is an update from King County Wastewater Division regarding the Murray Pump Station work at Lowman Beach. As the reports are forwarded to community members, we will continue to publish them on the SWS site. This is a three-year-plus project with the deconstruction element only the first of many continuous months of heavy equipment activity.
King County’s contractor has cleared three of the buildings on the Murray Combined Sewer Overflow Control Facility site and will continue working their ..continue reading
King County Conservation District funding is available to landowners for stream and wetland habitat restoration.
The King Conservation District has a variety of programs to help landowners with aquatic areas to protect and improve the health of streams, rivers, wetlands, lakes, and ponds.
King County Conservation District provide project design, labor from the Washington Conservation Corps to remove invasive species, re-plant with natives, and three years of free maintenance and monitoring.
KCD’s services and labor are free. Landowners pay a ..continue reading
Crews will finish removing hazardous materials from all of the buildings on site at the Murray CSO Control Facility by August 24. Crews will also continue deconstructing and removing the buildings on the project site, starting from the south end of the site and working north. Crews will use trucks and containers adjacent to the project site to complete demolition activities. Removed materials will exit the area via Lincoln Park Way Southwest. This work will continue through September.
With demolition work in ..continue reading