Science Section

King County warns of harmful Algal Bloom in Lake Burien

King County warns of harmful Algal Bloom in Lake Burien

King County announced Monday (Oct. 22) that a water sample collected on Friday, Oct. 19 from Lake Burien had concentrations of the algal toxin microcystin that were above the State Department of Health... [Read more]

Open Houses about Green City Partnerships coming up Oct. 29 & Nov. 7

Open Houses about Green City Partnerships coming up Oct. 29 & Nov. 7

Burien, SeaTac and Des Moines are joining the ranks of nine other Green City Partnerships around Puget Sound — collaborations between Forterra, the Port of Seattle, city governments, community organizations,... [Read more]

Donors needed for Blood Drive at Burien Community Center on Monday, Oct. 22

Donors needed for Blood Drive at Burien Community Center on Monday, Oct. 22

Donors are needed for a Blood Drive at the Burien Community Center on Monday, Oct. 22. “Bloodworks Northwest needs 800 donors per day to meet the needs of patients in the Northwest! Make donating... [Read more]

PHOTOS: Elston Hill proves that ‘October can be amazing’

PHOTOS: Elston Hill proves that ‘October can be amazing’

Courtesy Elston Hill comes these stunning photos of a foggy morning at sunrise on Friday, Oct. 12, 2018, along with Thursday night’s sunset and plants turning colors. “October can be amazing,”... [Read more]

‘Our Land Our Water’ workshop will be Saturday, Oct. 20 at Community Center

‘Our Land Our Water’ workshop will be Saturday, Oct. 20 at Community Center

Curious about what it takes to return your stream, lake or wetland property to its more natural state? Want to learn ways you can support wildlife, enhance your property’s aesthetic, and reduce maintenance... [Read more]

Area beaches have been closed for shellfish harvesting

Area beaches have been closed for shellfish harvesting

The Washington State Department of Health announced this week that – due to Paralytic Shellfish Poison (PSP) being detected in shellfish along beaches from Alki south to the Pierce County line – recreational... [Read more]

Community Salmon Investigation training begins Thursday, Oct. 4

Community Salmon Investigation training begins Thursday, Oct. 4

Community Salmon Investigation training will be held on Thursday, Oct. 4: SIGN-UP to participate in the annual Community Salmon Investigation to track spawning salmon in Miller and Walker Creeks! Salmon... [Read more]

VIDEOS: Airport Committee discusses FAA & SAMP

VIDEOS: Airport Committee discusses FAA & SAMP

The Burien Airport Committee (BAC) met on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018 at the Burien Community Center to discuss the city’s Petition for Review of FAA’s categorical exclusion on the 250 degree heading,... [Read more]

Burien helps Puget Sound during worldwide cleanup at Seahurst Beach

Burien helps Puget Sound during worldwide cleanup at Seahurst Beach

Friends and neighbors of Seahurst Park helped turn the tide on trash with a cleanup event on Sept. 15, so that 178 pounds would not enter Puget Sound. The City of Burien sponsors the Environmental Science... [Read more]

Volunteers collect 178 pounds of trash at Seahurst Park Beach Saturday

Volunteers collect 178 pounds of trash at Seahurst Park Beach Saturday

Volunteers collected 178 pounds of trash at Seahurst Park Beach during Saturday’s International Coastal Cleanup. This was part of what organizers at the Environmental Science Center called the largest... [Read more]

Volunteers needed for Walker Preserve Work Party on Saturday, Sept. 22

Volunteers needed for Walker Preserve Work Party on Saturday, Sept. 22

Volunteers are needed for a Work Party at Walker Preserve on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018. “Join your friends and neighbors in helping protect and restore this community treasure. Get outside before... [Read more]

Donors needed for Blood Drive at Burien City Hall on Thursday, Sept. 20

Donors needed for Blood Drive at Burien City Hall on Thursday, Sept. 20

Donors are needed for a Blood Drive being held at Burien City Hall on Thursday, Sept. 20, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Whole blood and platelet donations accepted at this drive! We never know who it will be... [Read more]

VIDEO: Resident gives comments at Port of Seattle SAMP Scoping meeting

VIDEO: Resident gives comments at Port of Seattle SAMP Scoping meeting

Area resident and lawyer/filmmaker/activist Steve Edmiston attended the Port of Seattle’s SAMP Scoping Project meeting at Highline College on Monday night, Sept. 10. Edmiston is filming a documentary... [Read more]

‘Engaging Trees’ Speaker Series will hold programs on Sept. 19 & Oct. 13

‘Engaging Trees’ Speaker Series will hold programs on Sept. 19 & Oct. 13

The story behind this historic tree in downtown Des Moines can be found on SoCoCulture.org’s crowd-sourced story-map – and the tree is just steps away from the Des Moines Oddfellows Hall, venue for... [Read more]

International Coastal Cleanup will be at Seahurst Park on Saturday, Sept. 15

International Coastal Cleanup will be at Seahurst Park on Saturday, Sept. 15

Volunteers are needed for an International Coastal Cleanup, which will be held on Saturday, Sept. 15 from 10 a.m. – Noon at Seahurst Park. Here’s more from our friends at the Environmental Science... [Read more]

Volunteers needed to Survey Salmon in Miller and Walker Creeks this fall

Volunteers needed to Survey Salmon in Miller and Walker Creeks this fall

Volunteers are needed to help monitor how salmon are doing in our local streams, between October through December, to observe spawning salmon and collect data on dead salmon. A Community Salmon Investigation... [Read more]

AIR QUALITY: ‘UNHEALTHY’ levels will likely continue through tomorrow

AIR QUALITY: ‘UNHEALTHY’ levels will likely continue through tomorrow

The latest on our smoky skies from the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency: AIR QUALITY ALERT FOR PUGET SOUND REGION DUE TO WILDFIRE SMOKE This is an air quality alert for August 22, 2018, from the Puget Sound... [Read more]

Air Quality Alert update issued Sunday

Air Quality Alert update issued Sunday

Air quality levels are going up more quickly than expected in the Puget Sound Region, and it’s reaching levels UNHEALTHY for everyone in some areas, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency announced. “We... [Read more]

Public Health closes Burien Fresh Smoothies due to salmonella outbreak

Public Health closes Burien Fresh Smoothies due to salmonella outbreak

Public Health – Seattle and King County announced on Friday, Aug. 17 that it is investigating an outbreak of salmonellosis – caused by Salmonella bacteria – associated with Burien Fresh Smoothies. The... [Read more]

UPDATE: Air quality now considered ‘Unhealthy for everyone’ in region

UPDATE: Air quality now considered ‘Unhealthy for everyone’ in region

The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency issued an updated air quality alert on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018 – declaring that the current air is ‘Unhealthy for everyone’ for the entire Puget Sound... [Read more]

Air quality alert issued by Puget Sound Clean Air Agency

Air quality alert issued by Puget Sound Clean Air Agency

An air quality alert was issued by the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency on Monday afternoon, Aug. 13, for the local health jurisdictions of King, Kitsap, Pierce, and Snohomish counties. “Air pollution... [Read more]

Quiet Skies Puget Sound releases statement on Horizon Air incident

Quiet Skies Puget Sound releases statement on Horizon Air incident

Quiet Skies Puget Sound released the following statement about the tragic Horizon Air incident that started at Sea-Tac Airport Friday night, Aug. 10, and resulted in the death of grounds crew member Richard... [Read more]

Interactive ‘StormFest’ is coming to Des Moines Beach Park Oct. 10-11

Interactive ‘StormFest’ is coming to Des Moines Beach Park Oct. 10-11

‘StormFest’ is an interactive stormwater science focused educational festival for 6th grade students in the Highline School District, and it’s coming to Des Moines Beach Park on Oct.... [Read more]

Brownies from Troop #42632 earning ‘Wonders of Water Journey’ Badges

Brownies from Troop #42632 earning ‘Wonders of Water Journey’ Badges

A group of Girl Scout Brownies from Troop # 42632 – located right here in Burien – have been spending the summer earning their ‘Wonders of Water Journey’ Badges. The girls are learning... [Read more]