Golden Gardens Creek may not be as contaminated as first thought. File photo from May 2009. Water samples taken by Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) on Wednesday show very low levels of fecal coliform, a press release from Joelle Hammerstad at Seattle Parks and Recreation states. The press release goes on: Parks requested that SPU take […]
Seattle Public Utilities is reminding folks that garbage, recycling and yard waste collections are on a normal schedule next week, despite the Memorial Day holiday. So if Monday is your collection day, put out everything by 7 a.m. like usual. The North Recycling and Disposal Station (1350 N. 34th St.) in Fremont/Wallingford will also be […]
Construction of the Roadside Raingardens project in Ballard is scheduled to begin in a few weeks. A total of 77 households will have gardens planted on the city-owned planting strip in front of their property, featuring a variety of plants and trees whose root structure is designed to hold stormwater long enough to absorb into the soil instead of pouring into combined sewer/stormwater pipes.
An example of a roadside raingarden along Linden Ave N in Seattle
Seattle Public Utilities employees were on hand during the final community planning meeting on May 12 to address any last concerns from residents affected by the project.
“It’s a new approach to dealing with sewers,” said SPU project manager Karen York. She said the area has an average of 12 Combined Sewer Overflows per year, when the federal EPA requires an average of one. CSOs happen in older areas of Seattle where sewer and stormwater lines are combined, and during large storms they will sometimes overflow into Puget Sound to prevent sewer backups into people’s homes.
In order to help reduce the amount of storm water that flows into the combined sewer system, Seattle Public Utilities will be constructing roadside raingardens along some Ballard streets. Example of a roadside raingarden. Starting next month, SPU will begin installation of raingardens in the public-right-of-way across ten blocks between NW 65th St and NW […]
The City of Seattle is now offering financial incentives to Ballardites, who live in a specific area, to help reduce the amount of storm water that runs into the sewer system. We first wrote about the RainWise program back in January, which will help homeowners build rain gardens or install cisterns on their private property […]
Updated: The Ballard Neighborhood Service Center (5604 22nd Ave NW) is already out of free green kitchen kits. Employees opened the doors at 9 a.m. to a group of people waiting to exchange their coupon for the kits and by 9:30, the center had handed out their entire allotment of 100. Seattle Public Utilities just […]
Although Teamsters Local 174 does not have a contract, Seattle Public Utilities says that garbage and yard waste drivers will remain on the job today. “Although no new contract agreement has been announced between the company and the union, Teamsters officials reportedly have instructed garbage haulers to go to work today as usual,” a SPU […]
Check your mailbox this week for a coupon for a free “Green Kitchen Kit” which should arrive in your CurbWaste and Conserve newsletter. The kits, which feature an EcoSafe Kitchen Collector (shown at right) and compostable bags for storing food scraps, a food scraper, a CFL light bulb and a reusable shopping bag can be […]
This morning, Seattle Public Utilities crews responded to the corner of 14th Ave NW and NW 85th St where water was flowing from a fire hydrant. According to one of the crewmembers, someone hit the hydrant, knocking it off its base. He said they would have to shut the water off to some customers in […]
An in-ground water-main break Saturday morning is affecting water pressure in the North Beach neighborhood. According to Seattle Public Utilities, quite a few people are affected because the break is near several district valves. SPU says the main is should be repaired later today. John emailed us after speaking with SPU, “When it’s fixed, workers […]