ecology Section

Meetings set for Stormwater Improvements for Miller-Walker Basin

Meetings set for Stormwater Improvements for Miller-Walker Basin

Four public meetings about proposed Stormwater Improvement Projects for the Miller-Walker Creek Basin are set for July 22, Aug. 6, Oct. 27 and Nov. 4. Here’s more info: Earlier this year, the Miller-Walker... [Read more]

Burien City Council considers when a tree is ‘significant’ at Monday night session

Burien City Council considers when a tree is ‘significant’ at Monday night session

BEFORE: This tall, historic Sequoia tree located on a lot on SW 160th may have been over 100 years old, but that didn’t prevent it from being cut down on April 28, 2014. AFTER: The tree was cut down... [Read more]

Week of June 16 is ‘Toxics Awareness Week’ for City of Burien

Week of June 16 is ‘Toxics Awareness Week’ for City of Burien

At the request of Flight Pattern Kids (FPK), a non-profit environmental health research group, the City of Burien is proclaiming the week of June 16 – 21, 2014 as “Toxics Awareness Week.” Citizens... [Read more]

Know of a ‘Waskowitz Tree’? Waskowitz Big Tree Contest underway

Know of a ‘Waskowitz Tree’? Waskowitz Big Tree Contest underway

From the 1960s through the 1980s, 6th-graders in the Highline School District came home from their week at Camp Waskowitz with a fir seedling to plant in their yards as a reminder of lessons about forestry and conservation…

Over 5 tons of trash was picked up during Discover Burien’s ‘Clean Sweep’

Over 5 tons of trash was picked up during Discover Burien’s ‘Clean Sweep’

The numbers are finally in for the 2014 Burien Clean Sweep – over 200 volunteers arrived at Fire Station No.2 to help keep Burien clean the morning of April 29, and collected a total of 5.34 tons of... [Read more]

Public meetings about Miller-Walker Creeks basin will be May 28 & May 29

Public meetings about Miller-Walker Creeks basin will be May 28 & May 29

A public meeting about potential stormwater retrofit projects in the Miller-Walker Creeks basin will be held Wednesday, May 28 at City Hall Park in Normandy Park, and Thursday, May 29 at the Burien Community... [Read more]

City holding Spring Recycling Collection Event this Saturday, May 17

City holding Spring Recycling Collection Event this Saturday, May 17

The annual spring Recycling Collection Event will be held this Saturday, May 17, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Criminal Justice Training Center, located at 19010 1st Ave. South. Burien residents can... [Read more]

Volunteers needed to help Eagle Scout project at Salmon Creek Saturday

Volunteers needed to help Eagle Scout project at Salmon Creek Saturday

Eagle Scout candidate Henk Ufkes – from Burien Troop #375 – is coordinating a stream survey and clean up of Burien’s Salmon Creek, and he’s seeking Volunteers to help him this Saturday,... [Read more]

Dirt Alert! Learn about soil contamination from Asarco Smelter this Saturday

Dirt Alert! Learn about soil contamination from Asarco Smelter this Saturday

DIRT ALERT! Learn about soil contamination from the Asarco Smelter this Saturday, May 10 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Burien Library. Representatives from the Department of Ecology’s Tacoma... [Read more]

REMINDER: Burien’s Clean Sweep & Shred Day is this Saturday, April 26

REMINDER: Burien’s Clean Sweep & Shred Day is this Saturday, April 26

[EDITOR'S NOTE: BTB Founder/Publisher Scott Schaefer is on the Board of Discover Burien, a local business non-profit.] REMINDER: It’s time again to roll up your sleeves to tackle trash and beautify Burien... [Read more]

Discover Burien’s annual Clean Sweep & Shred Day will be Saturday, April 26

Discover Burien’s annual Clean Sweep & Shred Day will be Saturday, April 26

[EDITOR'S NOTE: BTB Founder/Publisher Scott Schaefer is on the Board of Discover Burien, a local business non-profit.] It’s time again to roll up those sleeves to tackle trash and beautify Burien during... [Read more]

City of Burien will celebrate Arbor Day at Arbor Lake Park Tuesday, April 8

City of Burien will celebrate Arbor Day at Arbor Lake Park Tuesday, April 8

The City of Burien will celebrate Arbor Day at Arbor Lake Park on Tuesday, April 8 starting at 11 a.m., and all are invited. “The city is celebrating the 142nd anniversary of Arbor Day and 13 years... [Read more]

SEATAC BLOG: Sea-Tac Airport unveils new electrification project

SEATAC BLOG: Sea-Tac Airport unveils new electrification project

On Tuesday (March 18), Sea-Tac Airport unveiled a new electrification project, meant to convert vehicles on the airfield from fossil fuels to electric power, in hopes of saving millions of dollars and... [Read more]

Neighborhood group appeals Burien’s Shoreline Master Program update

Neighborhood group appeals Burien’s Shoreline Master Program update

A Lake Burien neighborhood organization, along with individual petitioners, have filed an appeal challenging the Washington State Department of Ecology’s (DOE) approval and the City’s adoption of the... [Read more]

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 in... [Read more]

Boy Scout Troop #375 will recycle your Christmas Tree this weekend

Boy Scout Troop #375 will recycle your Christmas Tree this weekend

Boy Scout Troop #375 will be recycling Christmas Trees this Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 4–5, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the old Herr Backyard Garden Center (near SW 160th and 1st Ave South), to help... [Read more]

City will soon break ground on new stormwater & trail project in NERA

City will soon break ground on new stormwater & trail project in NERA

The City of Burien announced on its website that it will soon be breaking ground on a new stormwater and trail project in the Northeast Redevelopment Area (NERA), located north of SR 518.  NERA is a 135-acre... [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]

Comment time extended another month for proposed cleanup at Lora Lake sites

Comment time extended another month for proposed cleanup at Lora Lake sites

The Washington State Department of Ecology announced Thursday (Dec. 12) that it is extending the period for public comments at the former Lora Lake Apartments for another month, accepting feedback until... [Read more]

Stage 1 Burn Ban issued for King County

Stage 1 Burn Ban issued for King County

A Stage 1 Burn Ban has been issued for King County, effective as of 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 24, “until further notice.” A Stage 2 burn ban remains in effect for Pierce County. Saturday night... [Read more]

Volunteers needed for Saturday work party at Walker Preserve

Volunteers needed for Saturday work party at Walker Preserve

Volunteers are needed to help restore Walker Preserve this Saturday, Nov. 16. Here’s the full announcement: Please sign up!  This event will be cancelled if fewer than 8 people sign up by Thursday,... [Read more]

Work begins to ID projects that cut pollution in Miller and Walker Creeks

Work begins to ID projects that cut pollution in Miller and Walker Creeks

King County announced Thursday (Nov. 7) that new projects will be planned to improve water quality in two small southwest King County creek basins, thanks to state and federal grant funding earmarked for... [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]

Volunteers needed for invasive plant removal at Walker Preserve Saturday

Volunteers needed for invasive plant removal at Walker Preserve Saturday

Volunteers are needed to help plant native plants and remove invasive ones from 9 a.m. – Noon this Saturday, Oct. 19; here’s the scoop: Since 2008, volunteers in Walker Preserve have removed large... [Read more]

LETTER: ‘Salmon Creek has been mitigated into extinction’

LETTER: ‘Salmon Creek has been mitigated into extinction’

[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:] To David Johanson, City of Burien, Senior Planner 400... [Read more]

Volunteers needed for Walker Preserve Invasive Plant Removal Saturday

Volunteers needed for Walker Preserve Invasive Plant Removal Saturday

Volunteers are needed for a Walker Preserve Invasive Plant Removal this Saturday, Sept. 28. “Since 2008, volunteers in Walker Preserve have removed large amounts of invasive plants and planted many... [Read more]