Environment

Press release from city of Burien:

The City of Burien is in the process of updating its Parks, Recreation and Open Space Plan (PROS) to be in compliance with requirements of the state Growth Management Act and to ensure that Burien remains eligible for a variety of grant opportunities. The public is invited to a workshop to kick-off and brainstorm planning elements on Wednesday, July 27, 7- 9 p.m., at the Burien Community Center, 14700 6th Ave. S.W.

Representatives from all Burien neighborhoods - north, south, east and west - are desired to provide input on our park and recreational needs.

The purpose of the City's PROS Plan is to guide the planning, acquisition and development of parklands, and support the implementation of Burien's cultural and recreational programming. Visit our web site at www.burienwa.gov/parksplan.

07/20/2011

Healthy Foods Here is hosting a grand reopening event at the SeaTac International Market, 16324 International Blvd., on Friday, July 29 from 4-7 p.m.

Participants will have the opportunity to sample African dishes, win raffle prizes, and enjoy fun activities and purchase fresh healthy foods provided by United People's Farm.

The Healthy Foods Here project is supporting small local businesses selling fresh fruits and vegetables become certified in the Federal Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as food stamps. Stores that accept SNAP and WIC increase access to healthy foods for low-income residents.

The SeaTac Healthy Foods Here grand reopening will re-introduce the community to the SeaTac International Market and bring awareness to the new healthy products and produce.

For more information, visit HealthyFoodsHere@gmail.com or www.healthyfoodshere.com. The phone number is 206-684-0133.

07/18/2011
Kick-off meeting July 20

The city of Burien is in the process of updating its Drainage Master Plan to be in compliance with requirements of the state Growth Management Act. A Citizen Advisory Committee, formed to guide the process and make recommendations, is holding its kick-off meeting on Wednesday, July 20, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., at the Burien Community Center (Hilltop Room), 14700 6th Ave. S.W.

Representatives from different neighborhoods - Lake Burien/Puget Sound, Arbor Lake, north, south, east/north and east/south - are needed to serve on the advisory committee.
Representatives are also needed from the business, education and medical elements in the community. To sign up to serve on the advisory committee or for more information, please contact Malissa Phok, Public Works Inspector, at 206-248-5538, or attend the kick-off meeting on July 20.

The purpose of the City's surface water management program is to:
* Protect public health and welfare
* Protect wetlands, shorelines, streams and creeks as natural surface water resources
* Maintain the city's storm water drainage system
* Identify and solve storm drainage problem

07/06/2011

By late summer or early fall, drivers of electric cars will be able to recharge their vehicles in the SeaTac City Hall parking lot

On the busy Interstate-5 corridor between Seattle and Tacoma, there may not be a more convenient place to stop for drivers.

Located at 4800 S. 188th St., City Hall is just a few blocks off the freeway. On and off-ramps to I-5 allow drivers to quickly get on and off I-5, going either north or south.

A grant to the charger manufacturer allows the deployment of the two charging stations.

According to Public Works Director Tom Gut, the stations will be available to anyone at any time free of charge. The stations will be remotely monitored with cameras.

“We’re pretty excited about this,” Gut declared. “This will, literally, put us on the charging station map.

SeaTac City Hall’s central location right off the freeway already makes it an attractive location for regional meetings of governmental agencies. Gut noted. Many agencies are changing their fleets to electric vehicles so it will be easy for meeting participants to charge up their cars before heading back to the office.

06/16/2011

As expected, Burien lawmakers approved May 23 sending a letter to the state Department of Ecology (DOE) rejecting several major changes to the city’s Shoreline Master Plan.
Police Chief Scott Kimerer also told council members that although Burien’s population increased by 44 percent through annexation, crime on a per capita basis went down.
Lawmakers also removed special restrictions they placed on City Manager Mike Martin’s contract two years ago following Martin’s arrest on suspicion of driving while under the influence of alcohol.
The council members rejected several changes required by DOE.
The state agency increased the city’s marine vegetation buffer from 20 feet to 50 feet and increased the building setback from the buffer from 0 feet to 15 feet.
The DOE also would require a destroyed home to be relocated and designed to prevent the need for shoreline stabilization and structural flood hazard measures. Lawmakers rejected this change.
The city’s plan would prohibit the launching of watercraft from any future public access point on Lake Burien. The DOE wants to allow boats owned by non-lake residents on the lake if public access is allowed in the future.

05/25/2011

Contaminated groundwater under and near a SeaTac property would receive cleanup with a combination of below-ground air injection, vapor removal, and natural bacterial action, under a proposal submitted for public comment by the Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) and the site's current and former owners.

Ecology also seeks comment on related documents that report on studies of the site's contamination, evaluate cleanup options, and determine that the cleanup would not have a significant adverse impact on the environment.

The parcel - owned by Sea-Tac Investments LLC, ANSCO Properties, LLC, and Scarsella Bros. Inc., -- is located at 16025-16223 International Blvd. The site has no connection with Sea-Tac Airport, nearby.

04/29/2011

The state Department of Ecology has approved Burien’s Shoreline Management Plan with some changes required.
The changes include requiring a maximum 50-foot buffer with a 15-foot setback for new development on marine shorelines. A smaller buffer is approved if neighboring houses are closer than the requirement.
Other changes are removing a ban on Lake Burien boats if public access is approved, clarifying commercial development requirements in shoreline areas and keeping a single-family home in conforming status if a variance is needed for expansion.
The city may accept the changes or request alternative changes. The state DOE must approve any changes for the required shoreline master plan to go into effect.
Burien’s controversial shoreline management plan was hotly debated during city planning commission and city council meetings.
Burien residents also are split on whether public access should be expanded in Burien’s waterfront areas.
In an instant poll held at Burien’s first visioning meeting, 39 percent agreed strongly that public access should be limited to existing parks while 37 percent strongly believed access to the city’s shorelines should be open to all residents.

04/28/2011

Burien residents are split almost evenly on whether public access should be opened up at Lake Burien and Three Tree Point, according to an instant poll held at Burien's first visioning community meeting on April 16.

About 45 residents participated in the poll. Thirty-nine percent agreed strongly that public access should be limited to existing parks while 37 percent strongly believed access to the city's shorelines should be open to all residents. The remaining expressed opinions in between the two sides.

City Manager Mike Martin said the instant polls, where participants vote use handheld electronic devices, are not meant to be statistically significant.

"But we are trying to get a sense of which way the straw is blowing in the wind," Martin declared.

Brian Scott, consultant for Burien's visioning process, led the audience members through voting on several subjects. On each subject, Scott presented two contrasting statements and asked participants to assign a number from one to five between the two statements.

Through the instant votes, audience members indicated they wanted Burien to be a community that supports new residents and is friendly.

04/21/2011
Executive Dow Constantine to recognize winners at County's annual Earth Day Expo, April 22 at Westlake Plaza in Seattle

Starfire Sports in Tukwila is among the winners of King County’s highest environmental honor - the Green Globe Awards. The awards go to individuals, school districts, cities and businesses that are the Puget Sound region's brightest environmental stars.

Starfire Sports in partnership with Seattle Sounders FC won the award as the leader in Beneficial Use of Reclaimed Water.
Starfire Sports and the Seattle Sounders constructed a new soccer field and landscape areas irrigated with reclaimed water, which is highly treated wastewater that is suitable for irrigation and industrial uses.

This world-class practice field is used by the Seattle Sounders FC and many soccer players from nearby communities. The use of this field by the Seattle Sounders helps demonstrate the benefits of reclaimed water and increase public acceptance of this drought-proof and environmentally sound resource.

04/20/2011

The restoration of the Duwamish River was the primary focus of Duwamish Alive! on April 16, an event that brought together environmental, tribal, community, and elected officials. But it was also a chance to dedicate a hand launch boat ramp at T-107 (4700 West Marginal Way) and a commemorative bench honoring the late Ken Wise, West Seattle Rotarian.

An estimated 1100 volunteers in 13 work parties at multiple sites along the river bank performed cleanup and restoration work.

An interpretive sign was unveiled at the event as well. The sign is a project funded by the Rotary Club of West Seattle, with cultural and historic information created and reviewed by People for Puget Sound, the Port of Seattle, Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition/TAG (DRCC), Suquamish Tribe, Duwamish Tribe, and the Burke Museum. Sign artwork by Noel Design. To see a larger version of the sign click HERE.

04/16/2011
SLIDESHOW: Duwamish Alive! cleans up the Duwamish and dedicates boat launch and bench
Photo credit: 
Patrick Robinson

King County Executive Dow Constantine spoke at Duwamish Alive! an event aimed at restoring the Duwamish River. The event also dedicated a hand carry boat launch and a commemorative bench for the late West Seattle Rotarian Ken Wise. -- CLICK THE PHOTO ABOVE TO SEE MORE--