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
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
Join the Green Seattle Partnership to celebrate and restore Seattle’s beautiful forested parks for the 8th annual Green Seattle Day on Saturday, November 2nd from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm!
Green Seattle Day is a meaningful way to connect with nature and create a healthy and vibrant community by planting native trees and shrubs in a park near you. The event takes place in 17 parks city-wide. Seattle’s own West Duwamish Greenbelt is this year’s central hub site, which ..continue reading
In November, King County will transplant 24 trees within the Barton CSO Control project area to make room for the future bioretention swales (swales). This project will install swales on 15 blocks in the Sunrise Heights and Westwood neighborhoods to capture stormwater runoff and reduce combined sewer overflows into Puget Sound during heavy rains.
Staff will be in the neighborhood posting fliers on trees that will be transplanted. Fliers will indicate the location for transplant. Trees ..continue reading
Join Sustainable West Seattle for an evening exploring A Vision for the Duwamish River – Community, Restoration and Conservation at C & P Coffee on October 21st from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.
The Duwamish is Seattle’s only river and the five-mile stretch running through Seattle is listed by the Environmental Protection Agency as a federal Superfund site. The Duwamish is one of the most contaminated rivers in the country from years of industrial ..continue reading
King County’s contractor has cleared the structures from the Murray CSO Control Facility project site. Crews are now backfilling the foundations with soil and installing plastic along the site’s eastern slope to maintain the site’s stability. The site will then be seeded with grass to reduce runoff and dust prior to the start of facility construction later this year. The contractor expects to complete the major remaining work by Friday.
Parking on the east side of Beach Drive Southwest ..continue reading
Progress continues on the Barton CSO Control project! Puget Sound Energy spent the summer relocating select gas lines to accommodate the future bioretention swales. These gas lines have been relocated, and temporary repaving work has been completed. The temporary pavement will remain in place until swale construction is completed on each street.
Tree transplants will begin later this fall. King County will notify the neighborhood in advance of the work, and neighbors who are receiving a tree for transplant to their ..continue reading
Sustainable West Seattle September Community Forum is “Keeping Puget Sound Healthy: Actions We Can Take.”
Join Sustainable West Seattle Monday, September 16 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Senior Center of West Seattle, for a presentation and panel discussion on work being done by citizens, organizations and the government to keep Puget Sound healthy and restore the ecosystem.
We will examine the current state of Puget Sound, personal actions that individuals can take to keep the Sound healthy, ..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