West Seattle Blog... » Environment http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:52:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 Ready to ride? Denny teachers to lead bilingual community bike tour on Longfellow Creek Trail this Saturday http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/ready-to-ride-denny-teachers-to-lead-bilingual-community-bike-tour-on-longfellow-creek-trail-this-saturday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/ready-to-ride-denny-teachers-to-lead-bilingual-community-bike-tour-on-longfellow-creek-trail-this-saturday/#comments Thu, 25 Sep 2014 22:33:26 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=286891

Another quick look ahead to Saturday – this time to make sure you know about a community bicycle ride along the Longfellow Creek Trail, to be guided in Spanish and English by Denny International Middle School teachers Andrew Chase and Ben Evans. Its goal is “to connect students and their families to local ecology” – but everyone, whether connected to a local school or not, is welcome to be part of it. Above, the invitation in English; for the Spanish version, click here. Meet at 9 am Saturday (September 27th) at the baseball fields by Roxhill Elementary (30th/Roxbury).

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Followup: Farewell to 8 tons of recyclables at Fauntleroy roundup http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/followup-farewell-to-8-tons-of-recyclables-at-fauntleroy-roundup/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/followup-farewell-to-8-tons-of-recyclables-at-fauntleroy-roundup/#comments Tue, 23 Sep 2014 19:49:19 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=286652

(WSB photo of 1 Green Planet crew at Recycle Roundup last Sunday)
From the Fauntleroy Church Green Committee, via Judy Pickens:

Despite the sunny weather and afternoon Seahawks game, Sunday’s Recycle Roundup at Fauntleroy Church netted 7.8 tons of recyclables from West Seattle. An estimated 325 vehicles brought everything from water heaters to wire fencing and keyboards. We’ll do it again on April 26.

If you missed the roundup and can’t wait that long – the county website has a directory of who takes what, starting with the search box here. And for items that weren’t accepted on Sunday, the Green Committee has suggestions on this flyer they were offering to participants.

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Get ready to recycle more: Seattle to require food-waste composting http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/get-ready-to-recycle-more-seattle-to-require-food-waste-composting/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/get-ready-to-recycle-more-seattle-to-require-food-waste-composting/#comments Tue, 23 Sep 2014 01:16:02 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=286576 Don’t look at it as a ban on throwing away your food scraps, suggested City Councilmember Sally Bagshaw before this afternoon’s vote – look at it as expanded recycling. And with that, she and the rest of the City Council voted to require recycling of food scraps and compostable paper, starting next year. The enforcement teeth won’t be very sharp – $1 fines, and only after a “massive” informational campaign – but the city believes this is what’s needed to jolt the “stalled” shrinkage of Seattleites’ recycling rate. (Also, as noted on the city website, “Food waste is one third of the residential garbage in Seattle … and is transported by train 300 miles to an Oregon landfill.”) Details of how it would be enforced are in this slide deck from a briefing earlier this month.

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Happening now: Take it away! Busy ‘Recycle Roundup’ in Fauntleroy http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/happening-now-take-it-away-busy-recycle-roundup-in-fauntleroy/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/happening-now-take-it-away-busy-recycle-roundup-in-fauntleroy/#comments Sun, 21 Sep 2014 18:11:29 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=286460

That’s the most unusual item we saw during a brief stop at the Fauntleroy Church Green Committee‘s “Recycle Roundup,” under way until 3 pm – someone’s recycling a watercooler. Tons of items (literally) are dropped off during these six-hour, twice-yearly, FREE events – and one-third of the way into today’s roundup, it’s busy:

1 Green Planet‘s team will unload your stuff and get it into their containers. Just make sure what you’re taking is on this list. If you want to recycle something that isn’t, the committee’s Green Ideas” handout (with other sustainable-living advice) has suggestions.

P.S. The church lot is at 9140 California SW, but don’t try to drive south on the California straightaway to get there – it’s a short section that is best reached by heading west on SW Barton from 35th and following the curves (and name change), or by heading southbound past the ferry dock, and following the eastward curve up toward and just beyond the Endolyne business district.

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One more nudge: Recycle Roundup tomorrow at Fauntleroy Church http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/one-more-nudge-recycle-roundup-tomorrow-in-fauntleroy-church-lot/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/one-more-nudge-recycle-roundup-tomorrow-in-fauntleroy-church-lot/#comments Sun, 21 Sep 2014 02:59:25 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=286393 Twice a year, the Fauntleroy Church Green Committee brings in 1 Green Planet to collect dozens of types of items that are recyclable but not routinely picked up in your curbside service. Tomorrow is this year’s second Recycle Roundup, 9 am-3 pm at the church parking lot (9140 California SW; map). Here’s the list of what you can drop off, with a few notes about what you can’t. As usual, no charge for your dropoff (the Green Committee does accept donations to help cover the cost, if you are so moved; they’ll also be offering a flyer with some green-living tips).

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Two ways to make a difference Saturday morning in West Seattle: Alki Beach cleanup, Boren Building parking-lot party http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/two-ways-to-make-a-difference-saturday-morning-in-west-seattle-alki-beach-cleanup-boren-building-parking-lot-party/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/two-ways-to-make-a-difference-saturday-morning-in-west-seattle-alki-beach-cleanup-boren-building-parking-lot-party/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 22:12:15 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=286282 Before you move entirely into weekend mode, early reminders about two ways you can start your weekend in grand community-contribution style, both happening Saturday morning:

ALKI CLEANUP: Join Puget SoundKeeper Alliance and friends on International Coastal Cleanup Day. Check in by Statue of Liberty Plaza (61st/Alki) at 8:45 on Saturday, clean the beach 9 am-noon. Full details here.

PARKING LOT PARTY: The big lot at the Boren Building (5950 Delridge Way SW) is now used by two schools, with Arbor Heights Elementary joining K-5 STEM these next two years. They could use some community help with safety upgrades and cleanup 8 am-noon Saturday: “Projects include painting, unearthing a hidden sidewalk, adding new signage, and beautifying the grounds. We’ve got the supplies & tools – we just need your help to make it happen!”

After all that, TONS more ways to enjoy your Saturday – preview them on our calendar.

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Followup: Where the dirt from overflow-control tank dig is going, and other questions answered http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/followup-where-the-dirt-from-overflow-control-tank-dig-is-going-and-other-questions-answered/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/followup-where-the-dirt-from-overflow-control-tank-dig-is-going-and-other-questions-answered/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 05:12:05 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=286171 One of West Seattle’s biggest digs is under way.

Excavation started today at the site of King County’s Murray Combined Sewer Overflow control project, a million-gallon underground tank across from Lowman Beach. The announcement published here Wednesday – noting that up to 55 trucks a day will travel two nearby routes – brought lots of questions in WSB comments, so we asked KCWTD’s Doug Marsano for answers. We also went to the site overlook along Lincoln Park Way for a firsthand look (see the short video above, and the photo added here).

HOW MUCH DIRT? At an earlier community meeting, it was described as “enough to fill Colman Pool twice.” Specifically, we now know – 21,000 cubic yards.

WHERE IS IT BEING TAKEN? Basically, east King County: “Cedar Hills Landfill at 16645 228th Ave SE, in Maple Valley, and Reserve Silica Corporation on Black Diamond Road in Ravensdale.”

ARE THE TRUCKING HOURS SAME AS THE WORK HOURS? The latter, according to this week’s update, are 7 am-6 pm. But, we learned today:

Haul hours are 8 am- 3:30 pm. There may be additional trucks entering or leaving the site outside of those hours, but the bulk of the trips will occur between during haul hours.

IS IT ‘UP TO 55 TRUCKS A DAY’ FROM THE START, OR RAMPING UP? The latter, replied Marsano: “Today, for instance, crews removed about 30 loads. The most intense period will be through early October when the tank hole is relatively shallow. Truck trips will slow to about 20 a day (or 3-4 an hour) when the hole is at its deepest.”

WHERE ARE THE TRUCKS STAGING? “The initial plan is to stage trucks on Fauntleroy. Adjustments will be made as necessary to ease congestion and accommodate ferry traffic, including use of 48th Ave and the east side of Beach Drive.”

The project website is here; the 24-hour project hotline, for questions or to report problems, is 206-205-9186. Current timeline for completing the storage-tank facility is the second half of 2016.

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Up to 55 trucks a day, as Murray CSO storage-tank digging begins across from Lowman Beach http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/up-to-55-trucks-a-day-as-murray-cso-storage-tank-digging-begins-across-from-lowman-beach/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/up-to-55-trucks-a-day-as-murray-cso-storage-tank-digging-begins-across-from-lowman-beach/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 00:05:03 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=286034

(PHOTO ADDED THURSDAY AFTERNOON, with digging & trucking under way)
Just got word that tomorrow is the start of the next major phase of the Murray Combined Sewer Overflow control project – digging the hole for the million-gallon tank across from Lowman Beach:

Now that the contractor has completed secant pile installation, crews will begin digging to clear space for the underground storage tank tomorrow, September 18, 2014. Excavation will be complete by early 2015. Crews will dig out an area about 80 feet deep and 100 feet wide. All of the material removed will be trucked off site. These activities will bring as many as 55 trucks per day to the project site to load and haul off material. Trucks will access the project site from 48th Avenue SW or Lincoln Park Way SW. Please be aware of traffic as trucks move in and out of the site.

Here’s the haul route:


(Click map for full-size, PDF version of map)
More info is on the county’s site for the project; if you have questions or concerns, there’s a 24-hour hotline at 206-205-9186.

P.S. As discussed in comments about an hour after we first published this, when the county announced these routes in February, they were labeled “primary” and “secondary” (see the map in the story we published back then). Now they are labeled entry/exit with a warning that either route might be used at any time by any truck, depending on a variety of conditions.

(added) Following further discussion – here’s the PDF including the county’s full announcement, also embedded below:

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Get ready! Next Recycle Roundup in Fauntleroy, six days away http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/get-ready-next-recycle-roundup-in-fauntleroy-six-days-away/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/get-ready-next-recycle-roundup-in-fauntleroy-six-days-away/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:28:46 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=285745 Feels like endless summer at the moment. But fall’s a week away. And on the eve of its arrival, it’s your next chance to clear out no-longer-needed items, without just throwing them away. Sunday (September 21st) is the fall edition of the twice-annual Recycle Roundup at Fauntleroy Church. Here’s the list of 1 Green Planet will accept at the event, free (and a few specific mentions of what they will NOT take). Just bring the recyclables to the church parking lot at 9140 California SW that day, 9 am-3 pm.

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West Seattle weekend scenes: North Delridge Tree Walk http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/west-seattle-weekend-scenes-north-delridge-tree-walk/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/west-seattle-weekend-scenes-north-delridge-tree-walk/#comments Sun, 14 Sep 2014 01:58:54 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=285555

(Photos by Holli Margell of Holli With An I Photography)
Do you take the trees in your neighborhood for granted? One way to shake that ennui – organize a Tree Walk. That’s what Patrick Baer did in North Delridge today, and about 30 people joined him, including photographer Holli Margell, who shared these photos. Above, that’s Patrick with the Heritage Cully River Birch. The walk started at Greg Davis Park, and the group heard about the park’s origins.

From left in that photo are Lisa Taylor-Whitney, Patrick Baer, Councilmember Tom Rasmussen, and Tanya Baer. The route included part of the Longfellow Creek Trail:

And a stop under the canopy of a Lawson Cypress:

Find out more about tree walks around the city and how to be a Tree Ambassador, by going here.

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When is a teardown not just a teardown? When it’s a salvage operation, too – like Arbor Heights Elementary http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/when-is-a-teardown-not-just-a-teardown-when-its-a-salvage-operation-too-like-arbor-heights-elementary/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/when-is-a-teardown-not-just-a-teardown-when-its-a-salvage-operation-too-like-arbor-heights-elementary/#comments Thu, 11 Sep 2014 20:28:40 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=285290

Lots of demolition work around West Seattle this month – and we’ve received some bonus information about one project: With major teardown work at Arbor Heights Elementary starting this week, SODO-based Second Use has spent three days on site “reclaiming materials that still had life in them to divert them from the landfill,” according to outreach coordinator Mary Anne Carter, who shared the photos and adds:

We recovered hundreds of items including slate, trough sinks, porcelain enameled barn lights, fir wall cabinets, fir built in cabinets, stainless steel sinks, and more.

Although the school was built in 1953, many of the fixtures were built in the decades previous and used in other schools before being moved to Arbor Heights. Tags and markings on fixtures listed John Hay School, Fauntleroy Elementary School, and others. Most of the inventory can be viewed on our website, though we are continuing to process items and add new material daily. …

It’s my hope that this provides the community with the opportunity to potentially reconnect with the furnishings of their formative years and glean a better perspective of what happened to the material that the school left behind.

Second Use is not involved with the Genesee Hill school-teardown project, according to Carter (work there also has intensified – here’s video we published on Instagram yesterday).

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Sunshine returns tomorrow; get out on the Duwamish River! http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/sunshine-returns-tomorrow-get-out-on-the-duwamish-river/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/sunshine-returns-tomorrow-get-out-on-the-duwamish-river/#comments Wed, 10 Sep 2014 18:12:36 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=285135

Forecast promises sunshine returning tomorrow (and continuing through the weekend). We’ve just found out from the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition that there’s room for more to join tomorrow night’s Community Kayak Tour of our city’s only river – what a way to enjoy the evening. This time, the tour leaves from Duwamish Waterway Park in South Park (7900 10th Avenue South), just minutes east of West Seattle, 6 pm Thursday (bring your picnic dinner!). You don’t have to have your own kayak, or even experience; everything is provided, through DRCC’s tour partner, West Seattle’s own Alki Kayak Tours, $45/person. But you do need to RSVP ASAP – tours@kayakalki.com is the best way. If you DO have your own kayak, you’re welcome to join the tour too, by donation. Find out what all the buzz is about, with ongoing campaigns like riverforall.org and the newly announced city/county coordination

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Will the city require food-waste recycling? Council committee hearing this afternoon http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/will-the-city-require-food-waste-composting-council-committee-hearing-today/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/will-the-city-require-food-waste-composting-council-committee-hearing-today/#comments Tue, 09 Sep 2014 16:18:11 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=285018

The City Council is considering a change to the recycling rules – instead of just enabling food-waste recycling, they’re looking at requiring it. The next discussion of this proposal is on the agenda for the Public Utilities and Neighborhoods Committee meeting this afternoon at City Hall at 2 pm (here’s the agenda). The slide-deck presentation accompanying the agenda item (see it here or above) says the city will take too long to get to its recycling goal of 60 percent of all waste, without a requirement like this, because food waste and compostable (but not otherwise recyclable) paper are “the largest component of readily divertible material” in what both residences and businesses throw away. If the proposal is finalized by the council, the new rules would start next year, with warnings at first, and then in July, a residential violation would cost you $1, a dumpster violation $50 after 2 warnings.

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West Seattle weekend scene: Imagine a buttless beach http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/west-seattle-weekend-scene-imagine-a-buttless-beach/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/west-seattle-weekend-scene-imagine-a-buttless-beach/#comments Sat, 23 Aug 2014 19:28:14 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=283372

On the sidewalk next to the volleyball courts on Alki, you’ll find Barbara Clabots and other Surfrider Foundation/Seattle Chapter volunteers getting out the word to get cigarette butts out of the sand, as previewed here the other night. The ones in the container next to Barbara were collected from beach cleanups last year at Alki and Golden Gardens. Surfrider is trying to combat the widely held (and erroneous) belief that the material in cigarette filters is biodegradable – it’s actually plastic. They’re also offering businesses the chance to sponsor canisters like this one for ongoing disposal:

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‘Hold On To Your Butt’! Surfrider Foundation campaign Saturday http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/hold-on-to-your-butt-surfrider-foundation-campaign-saturday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/hold-on-to-your-butt-surfrider-foundation-campaign-saturday/#comments Fri, 22 Aug 2014 03:08:25 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=283202 Every time there’s a big cleanup at Alki Beach, we hear about volunteers collecting pounds and pounds and pounds of cigarette butts. Even one is too many, says the Surfrider Foundation, which is trying something new this Saturday – an awareness campaign:

For the last several years, the Seattle Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation has held numerous beach cleanups at some of the city’s most popular parks.

Even though smoking is banned on Seattle Parks beaches, play areas, and playgrounds, the cigarette filters continue to pile up at every beach cleanup and according to the Ocean Conservancy are the most common item picked up on beach cleanups around the world. A report from San Diego State University found that the toxins leaching from just one cigarette butt could kill a fish placed in a one liter bucket.

“A common misconception is that cigarette filters are biodegradable because they look like a paper product, but they are actually plastic and recyclable”, says Susan North, Surfrider volunteer. “The San Diego and Vancouver Island Surfrider chapters are already leading very successful Hold On To Your Butt campaigns which are cleaning up our beaches, cities, and streets.”

Their goal is to reduce local cigarette litter by educating smokers that butts are plastic and toxic to marine life. Surfrider believes it is important to empower smokers through education and also to provide smokers with ways to dispose of cigarette butts that are not a fire hazard. The chapter is working with Seattle Parks and Recreation by placing two ash cans at Alki Beach Park.

On Saturday, August 23rd, from 10 AM-1 PM at Alki Beach and in conjunction with the Alki Beach Volleyball tournament, Surfrider volunteers will hand out flyers and hold a beach sweep to draw attention to the amount of butts on our beaches. The campaign committee invites the public to attend and learn more about the initiative and find out how to sponsor an ash can.

P.S. Also on Alki this Saturday morning, the annual Great Cross-Sound Race, so heads up, it’ll be busy at the beach!

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