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…

Kirkland Makes Recycling an Event

Okay Kirklanders!  Give yourselves a big pat on the back for making our semiannual recycling collection events a success for 20 consecutive years!  Since 1994, Kirkland residents have brought everything from old appliances to worn tires to spent motor oil…

Composting 101

We see the word everywhere: compostable! We can even compost food at a Mariner’s game, but when you ask most people, no one seems to know, just what is compost? Composting is nature’s process of recycling organic materials into what…

Waste Reduction At Work: Meetings

Meetings happen so often in the workplace that we probably do not think about the waste we generate when we attend. Here are some waste reduction tips for your future face-time requirements: Send the agenda via e-mail ahead of time…