West Seattle 4th of July aftermath: How you can help

July 5, 2014 at 6:55 pm | In Environment, West Seattle beaches, West Seattle news | 18 Comments

(UPDATED with pics from others who did some cleanup! Share your photo: editor@westseattleblog.com)

Got a little time before dusk? You can make a big impact by heading down to the beach with a bag. There’s been lots of talk today about the noise of last night – not quite as much about the debris in its aftermath. West Seattle advocate/activist “Diver Laura” James reports back on what she found when she went to the shore this afternoon to see the aftermath:

I went out for about an hour and got halfway down Alki Beach. The fireworks debris is not as prominent as it was last year after the private fireworks display, but there was definitely stuff to be cleaned up.

The public beaches are actually a bit cleaner than the private beaches and the park next to my house, mostly because the cops shut the beach down at 11 pm last night. I encourage everyone to take 15 min to half an hour and walk the local beaches in your neighborhood. If you don’t have a local beach, take a stroll by the local park. If you don’t have a local park, check your street. It may not be your fireworks debris, but I would put a healthy wager on all of us having shot off some assortment of noisemakers at some point for which others did the cleanup. Puget Sound and its inhabitants don’t care who fired them off, it’s who picks them up that really matters. While you are out there, feel free to pick up some other trash as well – plastic caps, styrofoam, plastic utensils, earplugs, wrappers, you name it… Every little bit helps and your individual actions count.

There is a garbage patch growing on the bottom of Puget Sound, and the only way we can stop it (other than everyone learning to dive and coming with me to clean it up) is to stop the trash before it reaches the waterways. So step up, bend down, and pick up that trash. Do it for Puget Sound, do it for our collective future. A lot of the cardboard and plastic debris is up in the high tide line, mixed in with the seaweed …

… but with a bit of patience you can pick it out.

If you can’t spare any time tonight – maybe tomorrow.

ADDED: NW went to Alki and shared this photo afterward:

ADDED SUNDAY MORNING: Here’s what Claire picked up:

Anybody else? editor@westseattleblog.com

Beached-buoy followup: King County trying to solve the mystery

June 30, 2014 at 6:49 pm | In Environment, Seen at sea, West Seattle news | 4 Comments

That photo shared by Lura last night showed the retrieval of a King County water-quality-monitoring buoy from its surprise spot on the Beach Drive shore, less than a year after it was put into place off Lincoln Park. Following up on what we reported Sunday, here’s what the county says today:

King County Environmental Laboratory employees are looking into how a water-quality- data-collection buoy came loose from its mooring before washing ashore along West Seattle on June 29.

The buoy and its host of environmental sensors had been in place off Point Williams since July 2013 and automatically transmitted a wealth of important data about environmental conditions. King County employees were notified early in the morning of June 29 that the buoy was ashore along the 5400 block of Beach Drive SW, south of Me-Kwa-Mooks Park.

Later that day, laboratory employees successfully refloated the buoy and towed it to the Elliott Bay Marina while arrangements are made to move it to the County’s environmental laboratory in Queen Anne for refitting.

While the buoy itself appears unscathed by its unexpected journey, a sensor that detects and transmits data on water temperature, pH, dissolved oxygen, specific conductivity and depth did not fare as well and was damaged.

Exactly how the buoy came loose from its mooring remains a mystery. The buoy was secured off Point Williams by nearly 1,200 pounds of weight, including two railroad wheels and a heavy gage steel chain that was attached to the buoy by a shackle mechanism.

Environmental laboratory workers will try to determine what part of the mooring set-up broke and how it can be repaired so that the buoy can be placed back at Point Williams.

Beached-buoy update: King County water-quality outpost floats in, gets towed out

June 29, 2014 at 9:25 am | In Environment, West Seattle beaches, West Seattle news | 1 Comment

FIRST REPORT, 9:25 AM: Lura shares the photo from the 5400 block of Beach Drive SW. It appears to be the King County water-quality-monitoring buoy placed off Lincoln Park almost a year ago, described at the time as “firmly anchored in about 550 feet of water just less than half a mile off Point Williams.” She was making phone calls in hopes of finding someone to report it to, and just sent an update saying a neighbor has reached somebody. (The buoy, by the way, still seems to be sending readings.)

UPDATE, 4:51 PM: From King County’s Kimberle Stark:

Thanks definitely go out to the residents who reported the buoy was on the beach!!! Staff from the King County Environmental Laboratory are going to try and retrieve it tonight. We’re not sure what happened yet until we get a close look at the bottom frame. Thanks again to the residents who reported it in such a timely manner!

UPDATE, 6:40 PM: Looks like they were able to retrieve it – Lura sent this photo of the buoy under tow:

Alki Beach cleanup success – and what wasn’t debris after all

June 16, 2014 at 9:46 pm | In Environment, West Seattle news | 9 Comments

From David Hutchinson on behalf of Seal Sitters, a photo and update following this past Saturday’s community cleanup at Alki:

Saturday was a great success. This year’s event was co-sponsored by PAWS Wildlife Center and the Alki Community Council. Over 70 people turned out, and after a brief talk about the dangers of marine debris, they fanned out along the beach and street. Cleaning supplies were provided by Seattle Parks & Recreation. We want to thank everyone who participated in this worthwhile community effort.

For the complete story and to see what looks like trash, but is indeed part of the marine ecosystem, read our blog post here.

Coal-train film ‘Momenta’ at Admiral Theater on Wednesday

June 15, 2014 at 7:45 pm | In Environment, West Seattle news, West Seattle politics | Comments Off

Above, that’s the trailer for “Momenta,” which you can see for free ($3 donation suggested but not mandatory) at West Seattle’s historic Admiral Theater this Wednesday night (June 18th). “Momenta” focuses on the Pacific Northwest spur of the coal-train controversy, featuring advocates opposing Montana and Wyoming coal mining that would result in billions of tons of coal being exported to Asia through Northwest ports, with pollution concerns along the rail-transport routes as well as once the coal is burned to generate power. This particular advocacy campaign is on behalf of the outdoor- and winter-sports communities, including Protect Our Winters. A panel discussion will follow the screening on Wednesday, which is at 8:40 pm (the film runs 42 minutes); this is part of an eight-city tour for “Momenta.”

Roadside raingardens in South Delridge: Door-to-door info

June 12, 2014 at 4:16 pm | In Delridge, Environment, West Seattle news | 2 Comments

Design is under way for the third area of West Seattle to get roadside raingardens to help reduce runoff that contributes to combined-sewer overflows (CSO), and project team members are now going door-to-door to make sure residents are aware. As outlined at a meeting last November, the raingardens will be built in an area of South Delridge primarily involving several blocks of 17th SW – between SW Kenyon and SW Henderson – that’s also part of a future greenway. Seattle Public Utilities is the lead agency, and says:

Project design is happening through 2014 and into 2015. Throughout the upcoming months, SPU will continue to work with project area residents to finalize the design. During design and leading up to construction, pre-construction activities may include geotechnical and survey crews in the neighborhood, and utility relocation work prior to construction. Construction of the natural drainage system is scheduled to begin in summer of 2015.

The city’s project website is here; the project reps going door-to-door are distributing two infosheets, here and here. And if you have questions, be at the Delridge Neighborhoods District Council meeting next Wednesday (June 18th, 7 pm) at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center – an SPU rep will be there with an update on the project that’s officially known as “Delridge Natural Drainage Systems.”

First Sunrise Heights/Westwood, next Highland Park? County update on roadside-raingarden (and other) possibilities

June 2, 2014 at 11:56 am | In Environment, Highland Park, West Seattle news | 1 Comment

(Click image for full-size flyer also showing the South Park area and the explanatory legend)
With two major combined-sewer-overflow (CSO) reduction projects under way in West Seattle, the King County Wastewater Treatment District is looking ahead to its next one, in Highland Park and South Park. The most-recent HP Action Committee meeting got an update from KCWTD’s Kristine Cramer and John Phillips.

In addition to possible “roadside raingardens” along some streets in the area (highlighted above in yellow) – like the ones going into more than a dozen blocks of Sunrise Heights and Westwood – they also are looking at permeable (porous) pavement in some parts of the area, and possibly a runoff-control project using part of one of the Seattle City Light “surplus” ex-substation sites.

Click to read the rest of First Sunrise Heights/Westwood, next Highland Park? County update on roadside-raingarden (and other) possibilities…

Comment time for the city’s upcoming CSO plan, including Delridge options to reduce Longfellow Creek pollution

May 29, 2014 at 1:15 pm | In Delridge, Environment, West Seattle news | Comments Off

Also from today’s city Land Use Information Bulletin – another big proposal that is now ready for review and comments: The city’s draft Environmental Impact Statement for the plan to reduce combined-sewer overflows (aka “The Plan to Protect Seattle’s Waterways”). Here’s the formal notice. This is similar to, but NOT part of, the county CSO-reduction plan that has led to two major projects in our area (storage tank at Lowman Beach and roadside raingardens in Sunrise Heights and Westwood). The city is accountable for different areas, including, in West Seattle, Longfellow Creek and the Duwamish River, and is exploring alternatives including the possibility of more underground storage in the Delridge area. Lots of documents related to this – for the shortest version, the executive summary, go here. You’ll find an overview, and how to comment, by going here – June 30th is the commenting deadline, and there’s one public hearing planned (June 24th in North Seattle, details at that same link).

Something to shred? To e-cycle? Free opportunities ahead

May 29, 2014 at 10:03 am | In Environment, West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 5 Comments

Just announced: Free shredding and e-cycling this Saturday in The Junction, 10 am-1 pm May 31st, presented by the West Seattle Junction Association and Windermere West Seattle. It’ll be in the parking lot in the 4500 block of 42nd SW (between Oregon and Alaska). The e-cycling provider’s website lists what they’ll accept.

P.S. If you can’t get to this Saturday’s event but have documents to dispose of, free shredding will be offered a week later, 9 am-1 pm June 7th, at PBJ Textiles‘ new location in White Center – details here.

New phase for Murray overflow-tank project at Lowman Beach: Underground wall-building

May 25, 2014 at 2:52 pm | In Environment, West Seattle news | Comments Off

(WSB photo)
Even more heavy equipment is on site now at the combined-sewer overflow (CSO) control project across from Lowman Beach Park, officially known as the Murray CSO Project. As announced by the King County Wastewater Treatment District, crews are starting to build the outer wall of the facility’s million-gallon underground storage tank:

Crews will drill holes 80 feet into the ground and replace the soil with four-foot wide concrete cylinders. The cylinders are called secant piles.

The secant piles lock together to create a watertight ring. The ring will be nearly 100 feet wide. It will keep water out of the tank area while it is being dug and protect nearby utilities, roadways and private property from settlement. Installing the secant piles is expected to take four months.

Along with the tank site on the east side of Beach Drive SW, portable office trailers and other equipment and components are taking up a lot of space at Lowman, as the project-site map shows:

We took the top photo on Saturday, with no crews on site, which meant parking was OK on the east side of Beach, but it’s a different situation during the official work hours of 7 am-6 pm weekdays, so keep that in mind as we move toward the summer season – for example, if you are accustomed to getting to Colman Pool by parking at or near Lowman and walking along Lincoln Park’s south shore, you might need a different strategy on weekdays. Work on the tank facility and the pump station across the street is projected to last at least until mid-2016.

From Seal Sitters: Alki cleanup ahead; downtown benefit

May 24, 2014 at 4:09 pm | In Environment, How to help, West Seattle news, Wildlife | Comments Off

Two ways you can help West Seattle wildlife via Seal Sitters:

(WSB file photo from one of the previous Seal Sitters-co-sponsored cleanups)
JUNE 14 CLEANUP: Get trash off Alki Beach, before it gets into the water and into/onto seals and other marine life. Join Seal Sitters and co-sponsors for a beach cleanup 9:30 am-12:30 pm three weeks from today, Saturday, June 14th. One of the co-sponsors, PAWS Wildlife Center, will talk about the threat wildlife faces from beach debris, and the difficulty of rehab for rescued wildlife. This cleanup is in honor of Sandy the seal pup, rescued and rehabbed by PAWS and then found dead in abandoned netting, and of the gray whale that died in The Arroyos, then was found to have a stomach full of plastic debris. Bring your own gloves if you can, and meet at Alki Statue of Liberty Plaza (61st/Alki Ave SW) at 9:30 am June 14th – RSVP via the link in this announcement on Seal Sitters’ Blubberblog.

HOIST A MUG WITH A HELPING HAND: Seal Sitters has also announced that Rock Bottom Brewery downtown (1333 5th Avenue) has offered to raise money via donating all proceeds from $2 pints of a specific ale fold next Tuesday night (May 27th), 5-8 pm – if you’re downtown, stop by! Details on Blubberblog.

Followup: Recyclers set a record at Fauntleroy Church’s roundup

May 2, 2014 at 8:17 pm | In Environment, Fauntleroy, West Seattle news | 2 Comments

Whole lot of spring cleaning going on in West Seattle – and not just to get ready for May 10th’s WS Community Garage Sale Day. If you were part of last Sunday’s Fauntleroy Church recycling event, Judy Pickens says you were part of something big:

A steady stream of vehicles (estimated at 400 – a record) brought 10.5 tons of old appliances, computers, lawn mowers, and other recyclables to Sunday’s Recycle Roundup at Fauntleroy Church. Everything is well on its way back to the resource stream! The church’s green committee will sponsor another roundup in September.

Inbetween recycling roundups, the South Transfer Station in nearby South Park takes some things you can’t put out at curbside. The city website also has a lookup tool you can use to see what’s recyclable and what’s not.

Fauntleroy Creek’s spring salmon season starts with Roxhill students

May 1, 2014 at 9:33 pm | In Environment, Fauntleroy, West Seattle news, Wildlife | 2 Comments

What looks to be a record-setting month of salmon-fry releases at Fauntleroy Creek has begun. On the warmest day so far this year, Roxhill Elementary students came to the creek after school today to release salmon they’d been raising:

Longtime volunteer Dennis Hinton was there to assist the students in carefully transferring the little salmon into the creek:

Creek steward Judy Pickens has drawn up the schedule for the next four weeks and tells WSB, “We expect to see at least 600 students this year in a record 20 releases.” Then in the fall, there’s another round of volunteer activity in the annual watch for returning salmon – last year was pretty much a bust, while the year before set a record.

Happening now: Don’t want it? They probably do! Fauntleroy Church Recycle Roundup until 3 pm

April 27, 2014 at 11:31 am | In Environment, Fauntleroy, West Seattle news | 5 Comments

It’s on – rain or shine as usual! Dozens and dozens of types of items – see the list here – are being accepted, for free, at the twice-yearly drop-off Fauntleroy Church Recycle Roundup, with 1 Green Planet on site, filling trucks with the types of recyclables you just can’t put out on your curb, until 3 pm today. Drive/ride/walk up, drop off, move on. (If there’s a line when you get there, please be patient, urges this commenter.) And one more time, since this is a change from past Recycle Roundups, we’ll remind you that they’re not taking TVs – but they ARE taking more than 65 other types of items. The church is at 9140 California SW, but you can’t get there by just driving south from the California straightaway – here’s a map; heading eastbound, it’s uphill from the ferry dock, or westbound, just take Barton, which curves to (briefly) become California SW by Fauntleroy Schoolhouse (which is across the street from the church).

West Seattle community cleanups with more ups & downs than usual

April 27, 2014 at 12:21 am | In Environment, Transportation, West Seattle news | 3 Comments

(UPDATED SUNDAY NIGHT with more photos)

As previewed in our daily highlights list, Saturday was a big day for cleanups – and we have photos from all five of the stairway cleanups that were among 15 citywide. Above, we stopped by Delridge/Myrtle as site captain Craig Rankin (left) started rallying volunteers around 9 am. The next four photos are courtesy of West Seattleites Jake and Cathy Jaramillo, Seattle Stairways Walks authors, who led the effort with the sponsorship of Feet First. Further north on Delridge, the cleanup was part of the spring-cleaning event organized by Lisa Taylor-Whitley (below left) with the North Delridge Neighborhood Council:

Further west on Genesee, at 49th, here’s the aftermath of volunteers’ hard work:

Further north on 49th, at Hanford, here’s the crew:

And finally, it’s site captain Janet Jones smiling while working at Carroll and 58th PL SW.

Seattle has 650 stairways in all, the Jaramillos point out on their website.

ADDED SUNDAY NIGHT: Three more photos from Craig @ Delridge/Myrtle, plus a report:

Thanks to the dozen volunteers who worked with 4 Parks employees on the Delridge and Myrtle stairway. (‘Before’ photo:)

We removed about 500 square feet of blackberries, moved 5 yards of much and a bunch of trash. (‘After’ photo:)

Great local turnout.

(Pictured: Mark, Ryan, and Jackson Colby from Puget Ridge)

Fauntleroy ‘Recycle Roundup’ on Sunday, but don’t bring TV’s

April 26, 2014 at 6:10 pm | In Environment, Fauntleroy, West Seattle news | 7 Comments

After our recent reminder about tomorrow’s Recycle Roundup at Fauntleroy Church – a popular twice-yearly dropoff event – sharp-eyed commenter PSPS noticed something new on the list of what will and will not be accepted: TVs. Judy Pickens confirmed that and shares this reminder:

You may have noticed (or more likely missed) that this Sunday’s Recycle Roundup at Fauntleroy Church will not be accepting televisions (CRT, LCD, or plasma). You can, however, bring computer monitors.

As a collector for the E-Cycle Washington program for environmentally responsible recycling, 1 Green Planet gets paid by manufacturers for TVs dropped off at its warehouse, not for community events such as the semi-annual roundup. The closest E-Cycler where you can drop off your derelict TV is Burien Goodwill (1031 SW 128th).

The Recycle Roundup is in the church parking lot, 9 am-3 pm tomorrow, 9140 California SW (map).

Happening now: Highland Park Improvement Club among West Seattle stops on Northwest Green Home Tour

April 26, 2014 at 12:54 pm | In Environment, West Seattle news | 1 Comment

The ever-greener Highland Park Improvement Club is an official “sustainability stop” during today’s free, self-guided Northwest Green Home Tour, which you can check out until 5 pm. (It’s the same spot where we showed you the “de-paving” action just five weeks ago; now see the result!)

The southwest sites also include two West Seattle homes – a new one on Beach Drive and a remodel in Sunrise Heights – addresses and details here – and there’s another “sustainability stop” nearby, at the South Park Neighborhood Center. If you are checking out the tour in other parts of the city, note that West Seattle’s Ventana Construction (WSB sponsor) is showing a backyard-cottage project in North Seattle.

Free shredding, recycling events in West Seattle next weekend

April 20, 2014 at 4:58 pm | In Environment, West Seattle news | 4 Comments

In honor of both Earth Day and spring cleaning, you might be interested in two events next weekend:

(Watch your docs get shredded! WSB photo from April 2013 event)
FREE SHREDDING ON SATURDAY: Next Saturday (April 26th) at C & P Coffee Company (5612 California SW), 9 am-noon, Roger Steiner of IHeartWestSeattle.com co-sponsors a free shredding event. Here’s a page full of information on what to shred and what not to shred. (C&P and IHWS are both WSB sponsors.)

FREE RECYCLING ON SUNDAY: Then on Sunday (April 27th), it’s the next Fauntleroy UCC Church (9130 California SW) Recycle Roundup, 9 am-3 pm, with a long, long list of items accepted by 1 Green Planet at no charge (the church’s Green Committee, which organizes this popular event twice a year, will accept free-will donations). See the list here.

Duwamish Alive! volunteer cleanup, on the river and off

April 19, 2014 at 1:50 pm | In Environment, South Park, West Seattle news | Comments Off

It’s just about wrapup time for the spring edition of Duwamish Alive! – a twice-yearly day of volunteer cleanup/restoration work to help the Duwamish River and its watershed/feeder waterways. One of the busiest sites this morning was on the South Park shoreline, at Duwamish Waterway Park. With the help of Puget Soundkeeper Alliance and Alki Kayak Tours, volunteers were launching kayaks to head out and pick up shoreline debris. Park habitat and raingarden work was being done at the park, too. (Update: Via Facebook, Soundkeeper says volunteers removed 260 pounds of debris from the river.)

This was one of 11 Duwamish Alive! sites from West Seattle to Georgetown to South Park to Tukwila; the fall edition will be in October. (Any photos from other sites today? We’d love to add more to this story – editor@westseattleblog.com – and thanks to all who volunteered!)

ADDED 6:01 PM: From Rory Denovan:

Roxhill Bog had a dozen hardy volunteers for Duwamish Alive. We filled a dumpster full of non-native invasive plants and picked up almost as much litter.

Plans are in the works to head back out in a month or so for more weeding and mulching. We’re determined to get the Park in shape so people can see how really beautiful and diverse the native bog plants are.

Saturday reminder: Duwamish Alive! in West Seattle & beyond

April 18, 2014 at 2:19 pm | In Environment, How to help, West Seattle news | Comments Off

(WSB photo of October 2012 Duwamish Alive! volunteers at Brandon St. Natural Area)
Several Saturday reminders coming up as the afternoon progresses, since it’s a BUSY day around the area. First – signed up for Duwamish Alive! yet? It’s that springtime day of work parties along and near the Duwamish River and the waterways that feed into it. That goes for West Seattle’s own Longfellow Creek, where the Brandon Street Natural Area work party could use a few more volunteers, we’re told. 10 am-2 pm on Saturday is all you need to commit to … sign up here ASAP!

Building roadside raingardens in West Seattle: Barton CSO project progress

April 16, 2014 at 11:37 am | In Environment, Utilities, West Seattle news | 10 Comments

If you live in or travel through Sunrise Heights or Westwood, you probably know the “roadside raingarden” construction for the first phase of the Barton Basin Combined Sewer Overflow Control project continues to intensify. The King County Wastewater Treatment Division is building “green stormwater infrastructure” in eight blocks this year, seven blocks next year – 91 roadside raingardens in all. En route to a meeting last night, we noticed the activity on one block, 34th SW north of Holden (map), so went back today for a closer look (above). The county is now publishing weekly updates on its website – including what’s happening in which blocks:

For any residents who didn’t get block-by-block informational flyers, those also are available online. This project is part of state-mandated work to reduce combined-sewer overflows into Puget Sound; in this area, it’s called Barton because the wastewater ends up at the Barton Pump Station north of the Fauntleroy ferry dock.

P.S. The county is scheduled to present an update on its other in-progress Combined Sewer Overflow Control project, the Murray-basin-serving storage tank across from Lowman Beach, at tonight’s Morgan Community Association meeting (7 pm, The Kenney [WSB sponsor], lower-level meeting rooms, 7125 Fauntleroy Way SW).

TLC for river and its watershed: Duwamish Alive! on April 19th

April 10, 2014 at 1:33 pm | In Environment, How to help, West Seattle news | 1 Comment

View Duwamish Alive! 2014 in a larger map

The spring edition of Duwamish Alive! – one big 12-site work party to help the river and its watershed – is just nine days away, and it’s prime time for you to choose where you can and will help out 10 am-2 pm on Saturday, April 19th. Each tree on the map (note that two overlap) marks a specific site from West Seattle to Tukwila; once you’ve chosen a site, sign up by going here (note that West Seattle’s own Roxhill Bog is in particular need). If you need more convincing, here’s what Duwamish Alive! is all about.

West Seattle Summer Fest 2014: GreenLife signup time

April 3, 2014 at 2:12 pm | In Environment, West Seattle festivals, West Seattle news | Comments Off

This year’s West Seattle Summer Fest is set for July 11-13. We’ve already published the call for vendor/music applications – and now, it’s application time for the GreenLife area!

Sustainable West Seattle and the West Seattle Junction Association are pleased to announce that the application for the 2014 GreenLife section of West Seattle Summer Fest is now available online:

The mission of GreenLife is to to raise awareness and equip our community with tools, knowledge and capabilities to create a more sustainable West Seattle. We are looking for local businesses to showcase merchandise, products and services related to these goals.

Organizations, including many local non-profits, contributing to this Expo will provide information, demonstrations and products in these areas:

*Home gardens – grow your own food, capture your rain water
*Composting – how to do it in your kitchen or yard
*Permaculture – what is it and how your garden can be sustainable
*Bee keeping and honey – how to raise a hive and harvest the honey
*Backyard chickens – learn how to raise and keep them
*Community fruit harvesting – learn how you can help the Food Banks
*Puget Sound and local streams – learn how you can help clean them up

The application requires a $20 application fee. The tabling cost is $250
for commercial vendors and $75 for non-profit vendors. The application
deadline is April 15th, but we usually fill up prior to this date so get
your application in early.

Please contact Christina Hahs at christina.hahs@gmail.com or 360-269-0332
with questions.

‘Tis the season: SDOT planting trees in West Seattle

March 31, 2014 at 7:03 pm | In Environment, West Seattle news | 4 Comments

SDOT says it’s just started another round of tree-planting in West Seattle – almost 300 trees in Gatewood and near Fairmount Park, with the work to be done by May 1st. Its announcement says the trees “are all grown in Northwest nurseries.” They’ll be maintained by SDOT’s Urban Forestry division, with watering bags in place for the first two to three growing seasons. Some street-tree planting was done recently in The Junction; in addition to West Seattle, SDOT says its springtime planting is also focused on Rainier Beach, which is getting 150 new trees.

World Water Week: Sealth students host visitors from India

March 29, 2014 at 1:06 am | In Environment, West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | Comments Off

(Photo added, courtesy Michael Bunch: Visitors with Riley Bunch & Randi Rankin)
The fourth annual World Water Week wrapped up at Chief Sealth International High School on Friday. Teacher Noah Zeichner sent word of just one of the aspects that again made it a “world” event:

The Global Leadership class at Chief Sealth IHS hosted a group from India who are in Seattle as part of the International Visitor Leadership Program. This three-week U.S. Department of State-sponsored project for five participants from India will provide an increased understanding of the milestones that various ethnic and religious groups have achieved and the challenges such groups continue to face.

The students discussed water related issues with the visitors including fresh-water scarcity and water pollution.

Plastic pollution was the main theme for this year’s World Water Week at Sealth.

Highland Park Action Committee: HPIC ‘greening’ update; more

March 28, 2014 at 9:18 am | In Environment, Highland Park, West Seattle news | 1 Comment

The “de-paved” lot outside Highland Park Improvement Club was a major topic at this week’s meeting of the Highland Park Action Committee, which convenes at HPIC. As work continues on greening the HPIC grounds following last Saturday’s work party (WSB coverage here), two events are ahead: Boeing employees will volunteer at a work party on April 19th; a week later, on April 26th, the site will be a Sustainability Stop on the annual Northwest Green Home Tour, with co-hosts including Sustainable Seattle and Stewardship Partners, and a chance to look at nearby RainWise installations too. Find out more about the tour here (scroll way down that page to see HPIC, “stop #11″; two West Seattle homes are on the tour too).

Two more toplines from HPAC’s meeting, ahead: Click to read the rest of Highland Park Action Committee: HPIC ‘greening’ update; more…

Happening now: ‘Vactoring’ cleanup at Fauntleroy ex-substation

March 26, 2014 at 12:51 pm | In Environment, Fauntleroy, Utilities, West Seattle news | 1 Comment

After cutting trees as part of a soil cleanup at two of West Seattle’s six “surplus” ex-substations, over the objections of community advocates including the WS Green Space Coalition, City Light said it would try a different technique at the Fauntleroy and Genesee Hill sites – “vactoring” contaminated soil in a way that WSGSC was told should make cleanup possible without destroying the trees. Thanks to a reader tip, we learned this work is happening at the Fauntleroy site (just around the corner from the Endolyne business district-let) right now. Meantime, as noted in our most recent report, the Green Space Coalition is continuing to advocate for a larger community role in determining the sites’ future – rather than what has been the usual past path of seeing them sold for housing development. City Light has said it could send disposition-plan legislation to the City Council – which has the final say – as soon as the third quarter of this year.

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