Landscape for Life™ demystifies sustainability for home gardeners
The University of Washington Botanic Gardens is hosting four Thursday evening classes on sustainable garden practices and water management. The classes are on Thursday, September 25 through October 16, and start at 6:30 pm and end at 9:00 pm.
Are you a homeowner who wants to create and maintain your own healthy, sustainable landscape? Through instructor-led presentations, class discussions, and activities, you will deepen your ..continue reading
Crews finished installing the outer wall of the Murray Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Control Project storage tank on Wednesday, August 13. The 80-foot deep underground wall is made out of four-foot wide concrete cylinders called secant piles. The secant piles interlock to form a watertight ring that will house the storage tank. Crews began installing the secant piles in late May. The secant pile drill and crane will leave the site by August 22. King County and its contractor know ..continue reading
Free Trees for Your Home!
Trees for Neighborhoods helps Seattle residents plant trees around their home. Through the City of Seattle’s Trees for Neighborhoods program, Seattle residents have planted over 4,000 trees since 2009. That’s 4,000 more trees that help clean our air and water, make our streets more walkable, and our neighborhoods safer and healthier. Join the movement this year—plant a tree and help grow Seattle’s urban forest!
The 2014 application season kicks off on Monday, August 4th at ..continue reading
Birds require water year-round, but as the summer heat is in full force, water can be a magnet for attracting feathered friends to your yard. Not only will a bird bath provide neighborhood birds with a much needed drink, but it can also be a gathering place for them to take a refreshing dip or an instant attraction for insect eating migrants.
Here are five tips for creating a bath that both welcomes and attracts a variety of birds:
Keep ..continue reading
In a Climate Changed World: Chapter 5 - by Andy Silber
Isla del Buitre
August 14th, 2055
Nice to not have the ground moving. Just because I own a 54-meter fusion powered yacht and I lived on it for a year, doesn’t mean I like being on a boat. In prep school the jocks rowed crew or sailed, but that just wasn’t my thing. It cut into my drinking and partying time. Especially crew with their 5 am practices. Who does that without a ..continue reading
In a Climate Changed World: Chapter 3 – By Andy Silber
August 24th, 2047
ICE3 Station, Greenland
Today the ship has come to pick us up. For over two decades I’ve been here keeping the glaciers from flowing into the ocean. The press release talked about the cost and better ways to spend our resources, but we know the real reason. Once the rains came, it was hopeless. At first we only had to deal with the melting ice and refreeze whatever made ..continue reading
In a Climate Changed World: Chapter 2 – By Andy Silber
September 11th, 2035
Space City, New Mexico
I take my last breath of REAL air. Sure, I’ll still be breathing nitrogen, oxygen and trace amounts of most everything else. Eventually it will be made by plants. Or we all die. But never again will I breathe “Earth air”. Never again to see an Earth sunrise or sunset or an ocean. I doubt I’ll even see a lake, but there is some hope for ..continue reading
King County Wastewater Division announces that their 2014 Roadside Rain Garden construction program in Sunrise Heights and Westwood is nearly complete. Construction will begin begin on two new streets in late June.
King County’s work to build roadside rain gardens on seven streets in Sunrise Heights and Westwood is will finish ahead of schedule. The deep wells on the 15 streets planned to have roadside rain gardens are also complete.
To finish the project more quickly, crews will start work on ..continue reading
The Washington Environmental Council and Resource Media have created a new social media project around mapping polluted runoff problems: #WaterSpotter!
The goal is to solicit photo contributions from community members to document and map polluted runoff problems such as
Pooling of water;
Sheeting of water;
Oil sheens on pavement; and
Clogged storm drains throughout Puget Sound.
It’s as easy as taking a picture and sharing it using Instagram. Here’s how it works:
Spot runoff (water in a puddle, overflowing drains, water with ..continue reading
King County Solid Waste Division has a new program for eco-awareness.
What happens when you ask local celebrities to film their own videos about how to protect the environment? Tom Watson, the EcoConsumer, decided to find out.
The results – featuring well-known Puget Sound icons from award-winning chefs to sports stars to musicians – are a quirky, funny, heartwarming display of how small steps to care for the planet can have an impact on all of us.
See both videos, Why ..continue reading