Environment

Burien lawmakers are expected to vote Monday, March 28 on a plan to recycle rocks from Seahurst Park’s north seawall for a drainage system in the Northeast Redevelopment Area.
Council members will be asked to approve an agreement between the city and the Port of Seattle to store the rocks on Port property near South 144th Street and Des Moines Memorial Drive.
Public Works director Larry Blanchard briefed lawmakers March 14 on the agreement.
Blanchard said recycling the rock taken from the seawall and storing it on Port property until it can be used in the redevelopment area could save the city $500,000.
Burien plans to restore the north beach to a more natural condition, as was done earlier on the south shoreline. Restoration would include removing the seawall and rocks.
Burien Mayor Joan McGilton noted that on the south shore project, the rock was transported by barge to Tacoma.
“It was very expensive,” McGilton declared.

03/16/2011

We are passing along the following press release from King County's Dennis Clark:

Arbor Lake Shoreline Invasive Plant Removal
On November 20, 2010, we removed about half of the invasive weeds along the southern and western shorelines of Arbor Lake, which is the headwaters of Miller Creek. On February 5, 2011, 33 volunteers removed a lot of the remaining invasives, mostly blackberry and Scotch broom.

We have a third community weeding project this Saturday to remove the rest of the invasive plants along these shorelines.

This stewardship project is a joint effort of the Burien Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services, the Miller and Walker Creeks Stewardship program, and the Arbor Lake neighbors.

IMPORTANT: Please let me know if you will volunteer on Saturday - we are working in a smaller area this time and are limited to 15 volunteers. Contact me to reserve your spot (and donut!).

Address: S. 124th St. and 2nd Ave. S. in Burien, just northwest of the SR509/S. 128th St. interchange; at the park, park at the southwest corner by the jungle gym and then WALK to the NORTHWEST CORNER OF THE LAKE
Date/Time: Saturday, March 19, 2011, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

03/16/2011

Household hazardous waste collection comes to Des Moines, March 25-27 in the form of King County's Wastemobile.

The popular program is in its 22nd year of service. Year-round service is available in Auburn.

All King County and city residents can safely dispose of old car batteries, oil, paint thinner and many other household hazardous items at no cost when the Wastemobile makes a stop in Des Moines, March 25-27.

The Wastemobile will be in the parking lot of the Des Moines Marina, 22307 Dock St. in Des Moines, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day

Residents can drop off household hazardous waste items including pesticides, oil-based paints, automotive products (oil, antifreeze, auto batteries, etc.), fluorescent bulbs/tubes and other items free of charge.

"This service is a safe, easy and convenient way for all residents across King County to dispose of their household hazardous waste," said Jay Watson, program administrator. "There is no charge to drop off these unwanted products, because residents already pay for this service through their garbage and sewer utility bills."

03/16/2011

Two long-planned projects involving neighboring Highline cities may conflict with each other along a 1.45-mile stretch of Des Moines Memorial Drive South on the Burien-SeaTac border.
Trees along the drive from South Park to Des Moines have long served as a memorial to the soldiers from Washington state who were killed in World War I. Through the years, due to urbanization and disease, many of the original trees have died or been removed. But plans are underway to renovate the drive by replanting elm trees.
Also in the planning stages is a Lake to Sound Trail. The trail is a proposed 16-mile-long biking and walking trail that would link the shoreline of Lake Washington at Gene Coulon Park in Renton to the shoreline of Puget Sound at Beach Park in Des Moines, while passing through the cities of Tukwila, SeaTac and Burien.
The trail would also connect to four regional trails: The Des Moines Creek and Westside trails, plus King County’s Green River and Cedar River regional trails.
Part of the trail would be along Des Moines Memorial Drive from South 156th Street in SeaTac to South Normandy Road in Burien.

03/03/2011

The King County Road Services Division is scheduled to begin its roadside weed control program in Burien and unincorporated areas of the county, beginning April 4.
As part of the program, certified technicians will perform controlled herbicide spraying along some road shoulders through the summer to reduce safety hazards for pedestrians, motorists and bicyclists. The spraying will also control noxious weeds that are toxic to some animals and pose environmental risks to native vegetation.
As in past years, residents who do not want crews to spray county right-of-way that abuts their property may post "owner will maintain" signs. Those residents, however, must sign an agreement with the county to maintain the right-of-way themselves.
Maintenance agreements must be completed and returned to the Roads Services Division before the "owner will maintain" signs can be issued. The Road Services Division should receive maintenance agreements by March 28.

03/02/2011

How dogs can help us save the whales-Lecture at the Longhouse

A lecture by Katherine Ayres, presented by The Whale Trail will discuss how specially trained scat detection dogs are helping researchers learn more about the endangered southern resident killer whales. Ayres from the Center for Conservation Biology, will describe how she selects, trains, and works with dogs on the water, and how one dog, Tucker is leading us to critical clues that can help save this iconic population. The event is taking place from 7:00 pm - 9:00 p.m. at the Duwamish Longhouse, 4705 W. Marginal Way s.w.  read more »

Southwest Suburban Sewer District commissioners have appointed Susan Genzale to fill the seat left vacant with the death of her husband, Tony Genzale.
A total of nine applications were received for the opening, and commissioners Bill Tracy and Scott Hilsen selected six applicants to interview. The commissioners, along with General Manager Ron Hall, conducted interviews and reached the unanimous decision to offer the seat to Susan Genzale.
"All of the applicants were excellent, and each one brought a unique combination of skills and knowledge to the table" said General Manager Ron Hall. "Suzy stood out because of her strong desire to continue the seat's legacy of being an advocate for the ratepayers, along with the great amount of preparation she did upon submitting her application."
According to Commissioner Scott Hilsen, "Suzy asked for tours of our facilities, and read through all of the minutes posted on our site. She really came to the interview with a lot of knowledge about the district and its ongoing business and issues."

02/23/2011

The King County Solid Waste Division has issued its recommendations for Christmas tree recycling
Recycled Christmas trees are turned into woodchips that can be used as a landscaping material, or combined with other organic material to become a compost soil amendment for gardens.__ More importantly, when you recycle the family Christmas tree, you're saving room in the landfill for the stuff that really needs to be there.__
Curbside pickup: If you have curbside yard waste collection service, you can place your tree at the curb with your regular yard waste. Restrictions vary, so call your city or garbage hauler for information.
Private companies: Many private yard waste facilities in King County collect Christmas trees for recycling - at rates much cheaper than disposal. Visit http://your.kingcounty.gov/solidwaste/garbage-recycling/tree-cycling.asp
Fundraising events: Many community groups sponsor Christmas tree-cycling fundraisi