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Teen cleanup crew member finds WWI-era rifle on SR 509 in Burien

Teen cleanup crew member finds WWI-era rifle on SR 509 in Burien

A teen member of a Department of Ecology cleanup crew made a very interesting discovery while working on the SR 509 freeway in Burien Monday morning, Aug. 15. They found a World War I-era rifle! But don’t... [Read more]

Burien’s Shoreline Master Program approved – with changes – by state

Burien’s Shoreline Master Program approved – with changes – by state

On April 27, 2016, The Department of Ecology (Ecology) approved – with changes – the City of Burien’s Shoreline Master Program (SMP) limited amendment. The limited amendment proposes several changes... [Read more]

Dept. of Ecology seeking public comment on Burien’s Shoreline Master Program

Dept. of Ecology seeking public comment on Burien’s Shoreline Master Program

The Washington Department of Ecology is seeking public comment on an amendment proposed by Burien to the city’s Shoreline Master Program (SMP). The change would incorporate Burien’s updated critical... [Read more]

Two Burien projects up for water quality grants from Department of Ecology

Two Burien projects up for water quality grants from Department of Ecology

The Washington State Department of Ecology’s Water Quality Program administers four major funding programs under the Integrated Water Quality Financial Assistance Program through an annual funding cycle,... [Read more]

Home soil testing being offered for Tacoma Smelter Plume pollution in area

Home soil testing being offered for Tacoma Smelter Plume pollution in area

The Department of Ecology is working with Public Health – Seattle & King County to re-launch the Dirt Alert Program in South King County, and is offering free soil testing to local residents…

LETTER: Normandy Park Councilmember’s note to Ecology about Miller Creek

LETTER: Normandy Park Councilmember’s note to Ecology about Miller Creek

[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The B-Town Blog nor its staff:] Dear David South, Thank you for your help... [Read more]

Dept. of Ecology seeking comment on proposed NERA Stormwater Facilities

Dept. of Ecology seeking comment on proposed NERA Stormwater Facilities

The Washington State Department of Ecology announced this week that it is seeking public comments on the City of Burien’s proposed NERA Regional Stormwater Facilities, to be located at S. 144th Street... [Read more]

State will start cleaning up Burien’s Lora Lake sites; Ecology seeking comment

State will start cleaning up Burien’s Lora Lake sites; Ecology seeking comment

Burien’s Lora Lake area will finally get cleaned up, according to the Washington State Department of Ecology. Ecology officials announced Monday (Oct. 21) that they will start removing some toxins... [Read more]

Burien’s Shoreline Master Program approved by State Department of Ecology

Burien’s Shoreline Master Program approved by State Department of Ecology

The Washington State Department of Ecology announced that – after much contention and debate – Burien’s Shoreline Master Program has finally been approved and will take effect Oct. 17. Shorelines... [Read more]

Council makes Shoreline Plan changes; settlement with Ecology anticipated

Council makes Shoreline Plan changes; settlement with Ecology anticipated

by Ralph Nichols Carefully crafted changes to four key provisions of Burien’s Shoreline Master Program (SMP), approved by a 6-1 city council vote June 3, will now be reviewed by the state Department... [Read more]

Order Amended to Speed Cleanup of Lora Lake Apartment Site in Burien

Order Amended to Speed Cleanup of Lora Lake Apartment Site in Burien

An amendment to a legal agreement between the Department of Ecology and the Port of Seattle will speed cleanup of the Lora Lake Apartments site in Burien (map below), according to an announcement released... [Read more]

PHOTOS: Dept. of Ecology’s Progress on Dottie Harper Park Soil Cleanup

PHOTOS: Dept. of Ecology’s Progress on Dottie Harper Park Soil Cleanup

The Washington State Department of Ecology has been working on cleaning up the soil in Burien’s Dottie Harper Park, and we found an update on their website. “This work is part of the Soil Safety... [Read more]

Group Formed To Negotiate Changes In Burien’s Shoreline Plan With Ecology

Group Formed To Negotiate Changes In Burien’s Shoreline Plan With Ecology

by Ralph Nichols Burien’s five-member working group, which will negotiate changes to the city’s Shoreline Master Program (SMP) required by the state Department of Ecology, has now been named. Appointed... [Read more]

BREAKING: Agreement Possible In Standoff Over Burien’s Shoreline Plan

BREAKING: Agreement Possible In Standoff Over Burien’s Shoreline Plan

by Ralph Nichols A compromise agreement that could end the standoff over Burien’s Shoreline Master Program (SMP) may be in the works. City Councilman Gordon Shaw asked at the end of the council’s Oct.... [Read more]

Seahurst Park Beach Re-Opened For Swimming After Sewage Spill

Seahurst Park Beach Re-Opened For Swimming After Sewage Spill

According to the State Department of Ecology, Seahurst Park Beach has been re-opened after being closed to swimming Friday (Sept. 16th) due to a sewage spill. According to the state: “Sample results... [Read more]

City Council Rejects Shoreline Buffer/Setback Requested by Dept. of Ecology

City Council Rejects Shoreline Buffer/Setback Requested by Dept. of Ecology

by Ralph Nichols Burien City Council members drew a line in the sand Monday night (May 9). They won’t adopt four amendments to the updated Burien Shoreline Master Program (SMP), as requested recently... [Read more]

City Council To Review State’s Demands For Changes In Local Shoreline Plan

City Council To Review State’s Demands For Changes In Local Shoreline Plan

by Ralph Nichols Last summer, when Burien City Council members were updating the local Shoreline Master Program (SMP), the state Department of Ecology never defined “no net loss of ecological function”... [Read more]

No Evidence Offered At Hearing That Larger Buffers Better Protect Waterfront

No Evidence Offered At Hearing That Larger Buffers Better Protect Waterfront

by Ralph Nichols If there was really any question about the primary focus of state regulators as they review Burien’s updated Shoreline Master Program (SMP), it was settled at Wednesday night’s (Dec.8)... [Read more]

Burien Homeowners, Ecology At Odds Over Shoreline Buffers At Hearing

Burien Homeowners, Ecology At Odds Over Shoreline Buffers At Hearing

by Ralph Nichols It didn’t take long for homeowners along Burien’s marine shoreline to have their concerns confirmed at a Dec. 8 public hearing by the Department of Ecology on the city’s recently... [Read more]

Ecology’s Public Hearing On Updated Burien Shoreline Plan Is Tonight

Ecology’s Public Hearing On Updated Burien Shoreline Plan Is Tonight

by Ralph Nichols Burien waterfront homeowners could hear for the first time at a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. tonight (Wednesday, Dec. 8) what state regulators think about the city’s recently updated... [Read more]

READER PHOTOS: Oil/Fuel Spill Spotted Off Burien Shoreline

READER PHOTOS: Oil/Fuel Spill Spotted Off Burien Shoreline

On Friday, Nov. 26th Burien resident Wayne Sykes sent us the above photos and following email about an oil spill that he spotted off of Burien’s shoreline, west of SW 152nd: Appears to be a small... [Read more]

Ecology Starts Review Of Burien’s Shoreline Master Program; Hearing Dec. 8th

Ecology Starts Review Of Burien’s Shoreline Master Program; Hearing Dec. 8th

On a day when parts of Burien’s shoreline were battered so hard by a storm that at least one house has been condemned, the Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) announced that it is seeking... [Read more]

PHOTO: Baby Seal Pup Spotted On North Side Of Three Tree Point

PHOTO: Baby Seal Pup Spotted On North Side Of Three Tree Point

BTB Reader (and neighbor) Julie Dow sent us this photo of a baby seal pup she photographed on the north side of Three Tree Point on Wednesday, Sept. 8th: Julie says: Taken yesterday afternoon, here’s... [Read more]

Ecology Seeking Public Comments On Lora Lake Apartment Cleanup May 4th

Ecology Seeking Public Comments On Lora Lake Apartment Cleanup May 4th

The Port of Seattle is conducting a “Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study” (RI/FS) for the Lora Lake Apartments site in Burien, with a public meeting scheduled for Tuesday, May 4th, from... [Read more]