Environment Section

VIDEO: Puget Sound Skills Center demos flammability of a Christmas tree

VIDEO: Puget Sound Skills Center demos flammability of a Christmas tree

On Friday, Dec. 14, Burien’s Puget Sound Skills Center hosted its annual Christmas tree burn demonstration for students and media. “The purpose is to show how quickly a tree can burn if not... [Read more]

WEATHER UPDATE: ‘Wind Advisory’ warning issued for Friday

WEATHER UPDATE: ‘Wind Advisory’ warning issued for Friday

UPDATE 12/14/18: The National Weather Service has issued an updated ‘High Wind Watch‘ for the Puget Sound region – including the Burien area – starting around 1 p.m. this Friday, Dec. 14. Experts... [Read more]

Final Burien Airport Committee of 2018 will be Tuesday, Dec. 18 at City Hall

Final Burien Airport Committee of 2018 will be Tuesday, Dec. 18 at City Hall

The Burien Airport Committee (BAC) will have its last meeting of the year next Tuesday, Dec. 18, from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at Burien City Hall in the Multipurpose Room on the 1st Floor. “If you are interested... [Read more]

Burien lists airplane noise woes it wants federal appeals court to curtail or end

Burien lists airplane noise woes it wants federal appeals court to curtail or end

By Jack Mayne Because of loud noise from low flying prop-jet aircraft permitted by the Federal Aviation Administration, the city of Burien has laid out the specifics it wants the 9th Circuit Court of... [Read more]

Port of Seattle awards grants to six environmental projects in airport region

Port of Seattle awards grants to six environmental projects in airport region

The Port of Seattle this week announced that it has awarded grants to six environmental projects in our near-airport region. Recipients include Burien’s Environmental Science Center and New Start... [Read more]

PHOTOS: A Tree Trimmer, Orcas and the Olympics

PHOTOS: A Tree Trimmer, Orcas and the Olympics

Courtesy Elston Hill comes these great photos, taken recently and showing our region’s seasonal beauty and natural wonder (click images to view larger versions/slideshow): One hundred feet up in... [Read more]

VIDEO/PHOTO: Did you see/hear the thunderstorm on Tuesday night?

VIDEO/PHOTO: Did you see/hear the thunderstorm on Tuesday night?

Courtesy Normandy Park resident Michael Snyder: Thunderstorm on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018 Quite the storm last night (Tuesday, Nov. 27), knocking power out to over 10,000 people in the immediate area. ***If... [Read more]

FREE Moonlight Beach Walks will be at Seahurst Beach on Dec. 7, Jan. 4 & Jan. 18

FREE Moonlight Beach Walks will be at Seahurst Beach on Dec. 7, Jan. 4 & Jan. 18

Photo by Elston Hill. Explore the beach with Environmental Science Center Naturalists at low tide at night, and enjoy fun activities and warm refreshments during three upcoming FREE Moonlight Beach Walks: Friday,... [Read more]

Port of Seattle passes new budget, will invest in local airport communities

Port of Seattle passes new budget, will invest in local airport communities

The Port of Seattle passed one of its most significant budgets in the last decade this week, continuing its major investments in infrastructure and facilities, and charting a new course for community and... [Read more]

FOLLOWUP: Peter Western Bridge construction to begin in early 2019

FOLLOWUP: Peter Western Bridge construction to begin in early 2019

Construction on the Peter Western Bridge – which suffered from storm damage and was demolished in May, 2017 – will begin in early 2019, the City of Burien announced. The bridge, located in the 2200... [Read more]

Education & PSRC Air Capacity Study on agenda for Nov. 28 Highline Forum

Education & PSRC Air Capacity Study on agenda for Nov. 28 Highline Forum

The next Highline Forum will be held at the main Highline School District office on Wednesday, Nov. 28, from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. On the agenda is Education & PSRC Air Capacity Study. The Highline School... [Read more]

Learn about Climate Change Impacts and Solutions on Tuesday, Nov. 27

Learn about Climate Change Impacts and Solutions on Tuesday, Nov. 27

Burien’s Environmental Science Center will be holding a ‘Climate Change Impacts and Solutions’ presentation on Tuesday, Nov. 27 at the Burien Community Center. This is a FREE event. Communities... [Read more]

City wants to know your thoughts on Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

City wants to know your thoughts on Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

The City of Burien is conducting a survey, and is seeking thoughts from residents about Potential Impacts and Locations for Electric Vehicle Charging Stations. The City of Burien is partnering with Seattle... [Read more]

VIDEO: Students from WELS High give public comments at Council meeting

VIDEO: Students from WELS High give public comments at Council meeting

Students from Waskowitz Environmental Leadership and Service (WELS) High School gave public comments at Monday night’s (Nov. 19) Burien City Council meeting, and we’ve edited together their... [Read more]

REMINDER: ‘Engaging Trees’ series continues this Sunday at Burien Library

REMINDER: ‘Engaging Trees’ series continues this Sunday at Burien Library

REMINDER: SoCoCulture’s FREE ‘Engaging Trees’ series will continue this Sunday, Nov. 18, with Seattle Times environmental reporter and author of “Witness Tree,” Lynda Mapes, who... [Read more]

VIDEO: Steve Edmiston presents ‘The Lost Cause’ to Port of Seattle Commission

VIDEO: Steve Edmiston presents ‘The Lost Cause’ to Port of Seattle Commission

Des Moines resident Steve Edmiston’s solo media and citizen activism campaign addressing noise and pollution impacts from increased flights at Sea-Tac Airport – The Briefing Project – continued... [Read more]

REMINDER: Volunteers needed for Walker Preserve Work Party on Nov. 17

REMINDER: Volunteers needed for Walker Preserve Work Party on Nov. 17

Volunteers are needed to join friends and neighbors on Saturday, Nov. 17, to help protect and restore Walker Preserve. This will be the final volunteer event of the year at this location. “Join us... [Read more]

Fundraiser has started for Joan McGilton Rock Memorial Project at Seahurst

Fundraiser has started for Joan McGilton Rock Memorial Project at Seahurst

A group of friends and fellow community leaders have come together to honor longtime former Burien Councilmember and Mayor Joan McGilton’s legacy at Seahurst Park with a memorial rock and plaque…

PHOTOS: Local 4th graders work and learn at ESC’s ‘Salmon Heroes’ program

PHOTOS: Local 4th graders work and learn at ESC’s ‘Salmon Heroes’ program

Elston Hill went to the Salmon Heroes program on Nov. 1 at the Cove in Normandy Park, and took some great photos. “I was very impressed by the adults leading this endeavor for Fourth Graders from... [Read more]