Snowpocalypse!

With the change of seasons, it’s a good time to start grudgingly recognizing the possibility that Western Washington may be blanketed with snow for a few days in the not-too-distant future, sending our world hurtling toward the precipice of chaos…

Kirkland Composts!

On October 11th, I went for a ride-along on the food recycling route with Waste Management. I got up REALLY early (3:45am), squeezed into the trucks tiny side seat (I am 6’1”) and witnessed how the route is done. Why?…

Help Prevent Local Flooding

It’s that time of year again, when days get colder and wetter and leaves start to fall from the trees – many right on top of the 12,000+ storm drains located throughout Kirkland. These leaves and other debris can block…

Stream Bugs! Gauging Stream Health

At the end of each summer, staff from the Public Works Department put on their rubber boots and head out to local creeks to collect samples of stream bugs. The scientific term for these creatures is “benthic macroinvertebrates” (benthic =…

Great (Trashy) Places to Visit for Free

I’m sure we can all remember back in school when it was “field trip day.”  It was an opportunity to get a break from the daily monotony of the classroom, see the world, and experience and learn something new.  Whether…

Where Does it All Go? The Trash Edition

I’m probably dating myself, but where I grew up on the east side of Washington State, most families never had anything remotely resembling the convenience of curbside trash collection.  For most, the common practice was to save all of your…

Dealing with a Mossy Roof the Environmental Way

Ah, moss… that beloved (or loathed) and ubiquitous Pacific Northwestern plant. Unlike ordinary landscape plants, mosses don’t have vascular systems to carry water and nutrients, so they must have a damp environment in which to grow. It thrives in our…

Watch Your Waste!

Everyone’s heard the phrase, “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”, but how many of us actually incorporate this into our daily lives? Sure, Northwesterners are known for their commitment to recycling, but we can go further with our waste reduction! Challenge yourself to…

Clean Cars, Clean Creeks

Few people realize that washing a car in their driveway is an environmentally un-friendly  chore. Unlike our household wastewater, which goes to the sanitary sewer for treatment, car wash water – a mixture of water, soap, oil, dirt and other pollutants…

On the Road Again: Littering

I have to be honest.  I was all ready to present you with another riveting topic for this month’s On the Road Again article.  But life’s road takes its twists and turns and sometimes unexpected circumstances can lead one down a…