Environment Section

Volunteers needed for ‘International Coastal Cleanup’ at Seahurst Sept. 12

Volunteers needed for ‘International Coastal Cleanup’ at Seahurst Sept. 12

Volunteers are needed to join Environmental Science Center staff & friends at Seahurst Beach in Burien on Saturday, Sept. 12, from 10 a.m. – Noon for the 2015 International Coastal Cleanup. “Turn... [Read more]

Recycling Event will be held at Criminal Justice Center Saturday, Sept. 19

Recycling Event will be held at Criminal Justice Center Saturday, Sept. 19

A Recycling Collection Event will be held from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19 at the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Center. In addition, a Rain Barrel, Compost, and Worm Bin Sale will... [Read more]

WEATHER GEEK: Washington wildfires smoking up the Puget Sound Air

WEATHER GEEK: Washington wildfires smoking up the Puget Sound Air

Press “Play” button to view/hear the live, local weather stream. by Chris Scragg Puget Sound Weather Geek As fire season has raged on in Eastern Washington this summer, it’s become... [Read more]

PHOTO: Smoke from Washington forest fires nearly obscures the sun

PHOTO: Smoke from Washington forest fires nearly obscures the sun

Reader Elston Hill is sharing another great photo of a near-sunset taken from Burien, of which he says: On Saturday, UW Meteorologist Cliff Mass wrote that the air in Portland, OR was more polluted than... [Read more]

Volunteers still needed for three upcoming Miller Creek cleanups

Volunteers still needed for three upcoming Miller Creek cleanups

Volunteers are needed to help cleanup Miller Creek at S. 144th Street on three upcoming dates:  Friday, Aug. 21 Friday, Sept. 18 Friday, Oct. 23 …plus fall events at Walker Preserve! Join your... [Read more]

Volunteers needed to help improve Miller Creek this Friday

Volunteers needed to help improve Miller Creek this Friday

Please join your neighbors and improve Miller Creek this Friday from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.! Join your Miller-Walker Basin Steward, Elissa Ostergaard, and other outdoor enthusiasts as we restore the... [Read more]

REMINDER: Volunteers still needed for Friday work party at Miller Creek

REMINDER: Volunteers still needed for Friday work party at Miller Creek

Volunteers are still needed to sign up to join neighbors to help improve Miller Creek this Friday, June 26, for the first of three summer work parties! “Join your Miller-Walker Basin Steward, Elissa... [Read more]

Volunteers needed to help ‘re-green’ Miller Creek this summer

Volunteers needed to help ‘re-green’ Miller Creek this summer

Volunteers are needed to join Miller-Walker Basin Steward Elissa Ostergaard and other outdoor enthusiasts to help restore the forest around Miller Creek this summer. “We will continue work that... [Read more]

UPDATE: Here’s the latest news on Burien’s endangered, historic Cherry Tree

UPDATE: Here’s the latest news on Burien’s endangered, historic Cherry Tree

Over the past few weeks, a group that has been trying to save an historic Akebono Cherry Tree located at the corner of Ambaum Blvd. SW and SW 144th Street has met with three Burien City Councilmembers. The... [Read more]

Recycling Event & Rain/Worm/Compost Barrel Sale will be Saturday, May 16

Recycling Event & Rain/Worm/Compost Barrel Sale will be Saturday, May 16

A Recycling Collection Event will be held on Saturday, May 16 at the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Center, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Residents can bring…see details here (PDF file): Tires... [Read more]

REMINDER: Help beautify Burien during the annual ‘Clean Sweep’ this Saturday

REMINDER: Help beautify Burien during the annual ‘Clean Sweep’ this Saturday

REMINDER: It’s time again to roll up those sleeves to tackle trash and beautify Burien during the city’s annual Clean Sweep, starting at 8 a.m. this Saturday, April 25, and sponsored by Recology CleanScapes. From... [Read more]

Sponsored Post Celebrate a ‘Waste-Free Earth Day’ at The Recology Store on Saturday, April 18

Celebrate a ‘Waste-Free Earth Day’ at The Recology Store on Saturday, April 18

Advertiser Recology will be holding a ‘Waste-Free Earth Day’ event on Saturday, April 18, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at The Recology Store located at Five Corners Plaza. You can learn more... [Read more]

Help beautify Burien at the annual Clean Sweep on Saturday, April 25

Help beautify Burien at the annual Clean Sweep on Saturday, April 25

It’s time again to roll up those sleeves to tackle trash and beautify Burien during the city’s annual Clean Sweep, starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 25, and sponsored by Recology CleanScapes. From... [Read more]

Sylvester Middle School students help plant trees at Burien’s Arbor Day event

Sylvester Middle School students help plant trees at Burien’s Arbor Day event

Ben Thompson (left) and Nancy Tosta with ‘Tree City USA’ Flag. Sylvester Middle School students (left to right): Logan Lemieux, Jeremiah Harding, Brian Phuong, Joanne Robson and Mira Stemen. Deputy... [Read more]

Residents trying to raise money to save Cherry Tree near City Light substation

Residents trying to raise money to save Cherry Tree near City Light substation

An historic cherry tree that has stood for over 40 years near a former Seattle City Light substation at the corner of Ambaum Blvd. SW and SW 144th in Burien is at the center of a grassroots fundraising... [Read more]

Over 200 pounds of trash picked up during Seahurst Park cleanup last month

Over 200 pounds of trash picked up during Seahurst Park cleanup last month

Over 200 pounds of trash was collected throughout Seahurst Park on Friday, Feb. 20, with help from folks at the Environmental Science Center (ESC), the City of Burien, AVID students from Highline High... [Read more]

Some upset about Cherry Tree removal due to City Light substation cleanup

Some upset about Cherry Tree removal due to City Light substation cleanup

  Story & Photos by Scott Schaefer Some Burien residents are upset that an ornamental Cherry Tree located at the corner of Ambaum Blvd. SW and SW 144th Street will be removed soon, due... [Read more]

Volunteers needed for work party at Walker Preserve on Saturday, Jan. 10

Volunteers needed for work party at Walker Preserve on Saturday, Jan. 10

Volunteers are needed for a forest restoration event on Saturday, Jan. 10 at Walker Preserve in Normandy Park. “Please join me and your neighbors to continue the work that has been done by previous... [Read more]

Learn about whales, beaches at upcoming Environmental Science Center events

Learn about whales, beaches at upcoming Environmental Science Center events

Burien’s Environmental Science Center has the following events coming up: Wednesday, Nov 5th (6:30-8:00 PM) — Talk: “Endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales: 10 Years of Research... [Read more]

Miller-Walker Basin Stormwater Retrofit Public Meeting will be Tuesday, Nov. 4

Miller-Walker Basin Stormwater Retrofit Public Meeting will be Tuesday, Nov. 4

A public meeting on the Miller-Walker Basin Stormwater Retrofit will be held Tuesday, Nov. 4 at the Burien Community Center. “The Miller Walker Basin Partners (the cities of Burien, Normandy Park... [Read more]

Public meetings on Miller/Walker Creek Stormwater will be Oct. 27 & Nov. 4

Public meetings on Miller/Walker Creek Stormwater will be Oct. 27 & Nov. 4

Public meetings to discuss Miller and Walker Creek Stormwater will be held Monday, Oct. 27 and Tuesday, Nov. 4. “When it rains in the Miller and Walker Creeks basin, streams flow high and fast, and... [Read more]

Volunteers needed for Walker Preserve Restoration this Saturday, Sept. 20

Volunteers needed for Walker Preserve Restoration this Saturday, Sept. 20

Volunteers are needed for a Walker Preserve Restoration work party this Saturday, Sept. 20. Here are the details: The first fall volunteer forest restoration event is this Saturday at Walker Preserve.... [Read more]

Celebrating 25 years, the Wastemobile is coming to Burien Sept. 26-28

Celebrating 25 years, the Wastemobile is coming to Burien Sept. 26-28

Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the Wastemobile is coming to Burien to collect household hazardous waste from Sept. 26-28. All King County and city residents can safely dispose of old car batteries,... [Read more]

Ribbon-cutting for restored Seahurst Park Beach will be Friday, Sept. 12

Ribbon-cutting for restored Seahurst Park Beach will be Friday, Sept. 12

The City of Burien, along with the Army Corps of Engineers will be holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the restored Seahurst Park Beach this Friday, Sept. 12, starting at 1:30 p.m. This event will celebrated... [Read more]

Recycling Collection and Bin Sale coming to Burien Saturday, Sept. 13

Recycling Collection and Bin Sale coming to Burien Saturday, Sept. 13

A Recycling Event and Bin Sale will be held on Saturday, Sept. 13, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Center, located at 19010 1st Avenue South. For details, please... [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]

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... [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]