Resource Conservation News and Events
It’s Salmon SEEson time again!
The annual WRIA 8 Salmon SEEson program is underway, coordinating and promoting opportunities for the public to view salmon this fall as they return to local streams to spawn. Through this program, several local governments, community groups, and non-profit organizations host salmon viewing sites throughout the watershed.
We’re continuing our partnership with the Saving Water Partnership, and new this year we’ve added more videos of the viewing locations to the website, and partnered with Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park to include a viewing site in the state park and with the Duwamish Alive Coalition to include two new viewing sites on the Duwamish River in the Green/Duwamish Watershed (WRIA 9).
For more information about viewing site locations, best times to see fish, and a map of viewing sites, see the attached Salmon SEEson poster and flyer and visit the Salmon SEEson website.
Want to Become a Salmon Watcher Volunteer for our Area?
Our dedicated volunteers watch for fish on their assigned creeks two times a week from September through December. The information they collect helps us know where salmon are spawning in our streams, and sometimes where barriers exist to salmon migration. Volunteers act as our "eyes and ears" in the watersheds and give us a heads up when things go awry in our neighborhood creeks.
Find out more about the program, including how to identify salmon in your neighborhood and training schedules, by exploring the King County Salmon Watchers site.
Holiday Cooking? Why not recycle that used cooking oil?
Used cooking oil can clog the sewage system over time. Now you have an opportunity to recycle and convert it to biodiesel, a sustainable and low carbon fuel.
The City offers a free self-service program, open 24 hours a day, all year round. The cooking oil collection tank is located at the northern edge of the parking lot between the City’s Senior Center and campus parking garage at: 8703 160th Ave. NE.
To ensure safe and secure transport and disposal, put fats and grease in addition to the cooled oil from fryers, pots or pans in a sealed container such as a plastic milk jug. At the disposal tank, slowly pour the cooking oil into the collection container to avoid splatters. Be sure to close the tank’s lid when finished. Take your own containers back home for reuse or disposal and leave nothing behind but the cooking oil you deposited.
This collection site is for cooking oil only. NO motor oil or any other petroleum products. Thank you!
Redmond Businesses Recognized for Recycling
Congratulations to Redmond businesses that have taken the Recycling Pledge for 2014: 2014 Redmond Recycle Pledge
For more information about King County businesses that are recognized as a Best Workplace for Waste Prevention and Recycling, visit King County Recycling Best Workplaces.
Want more information on native plants?
Visit these great sites:
King County Go Native
Washington Native Plant Society
Changes to Recycling at King County Transfer Station
Beginning February 8, 2013, King County is resuming the collection of standard curbside recyclables at its Houghton Transfer Station. The following recyclable materials are accepted for free: glass bottles and jars, tin and aluminum cans, plastic bottles, mixed paper, newspaper, and cardboard.
Houghton Transfer Station is located at 11724 NE 60th Street, Kirkland. The station is open Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 5:30pm, and 8:30am to 5:30pm on Saturday and Sunday. In Redmond, residents can recycle the same above mentioned materials through a citywide program with curbside recycling carts. Extra material that does not fit in your cart can be placed curbside in clearly marked containers, also at no extra cost. For more information about curbside recycling in Redmond visit Waste Management/Redmond.
King County Solid Waste Fee Increase
Effective January 1, 2012, the King County Solid Waste disposal fee will increase. The fee increase will cover rising operating costs and help pay for modernizing the 1960s-era network of transfer stations operated by the King County Solid Waste Division. The average residential customer who puts out one container of garbage per week for curbside collection is likely to see an increase of about 82 cents per month in the garbage bill from their hauler.
For more information visit King County Solid Waste Facilities.
Say 'No' to Junk Mail & Phonebooks! New Online Service
The King County EcoConsumer program has joined forces with non-profit Catalog Choice to provide a convenient website where residents can opt out of thousands of different catalogs, coupons, credit offers, circulars, newsletters, other junk mailings and unwanted phone books. In addition to making mail and phone book opt-outs easier, this partnership will allow King County to make solid estimates about the amount of paper waste being diverted from its regional landfill.
Using ZIP codes, Catalog Choice will provide to the County data on the amount of mail being reduced and the number of County residents participating. Visit the new website Catalog Choice.
Green Redmond Partnership
Volunteer with the Green Redmond Partnership at one of the City's parks or become a Forest Steward. There are dates at different locations throughout the year.
Volunteer Opportunities for the Environment
Sign up for an exciting volunteer opportunity including Salmon Watching, Storm Drain Marking, and much more!