Ready for summer!

Ready for summer in large lettering, with a globe stylized as a beach ball, with blue and white meridian striping.

In a pandemic year that’s turning life upside down and sideways, you’ve got to appreciate the simple things — and there are few simple pleasures better than those that summer brings. Warm days and late sunsets; getting outdoors and celebrating Washington’s breathtaking beauty; time with friends and family — moments more precious than ever in this year of isolation.

Of course, as your friendly neighborhood environmental protection agency, we at Ecology are working to protect those simple pleasures. Because summer is simply better when you can enjoy it with clean water, clean air and uncontaminated lands.

This week, we’re sharing some of the ways we enjoy summer and how we’re ready to give it a go in a 2020 we sure didn’t expect in 2019! Here’s a look at some of what we have in store on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Summer Sunshine

Mount Rainier, with mountain lake in foreground. Titles say summer sunshine, because clean air, ready for summer.
Washington has plenty of scenery, with mountains towering over the rest. To protect the state’s gorgeous vistas, we monitor and regulate air emissions that can cause haze.


Basalt highlands tower over a lake. Titles read, Washington sunshine, explore the beauty, ready for summer.
Eastern Washington’s basalt cliffs, coulees and towers stand out especially well in the summer. We work with growers to manage smoke as they burn off field stubble and orchard prunings, mainly in the late summer and fall, so new cycle of crops can grow.



A boardwalk over a large wetland. Titles read, ready for summer, washington sunshine
Wetlands are fun and interesting to see from a path or boardwalk. Many Washington wetlands are threatened by climate change and rising sea levels — a risk that drives our work to limit greenhouse gas emissions.



Green outside and indoors


A man holds a sewage pump nozzle inserted into a boat. Titles read, green outdoors, boaters use pumpouts to protect Washington's waters
Nothing’s better than a summer day on the water. We partner with boaters and other agencies to provide convenient, easy to use pump-outs wherever boating is popular. Kudos to boaters who use these facilities to keep bacterial pollution out of Washington’s waters!


Large brown paper bags of yard waste in a line. Titles read, green ouside, don't burn it, bag it, ready for summer.
Yardwork is a big part of summer, and that leaves a lot of clippings and trimmings. They make great compost, either on your own, or through curbside programs in many areas. Either way is a great alternative to burning.



Foam covered hands in a faucet stream. Titles read, greeen indoors, COVID cleaning, seven things to know, ready for summer.
Keeping homes and businesses clean is a key part of coronavirus protection. Safely doing so includes selecting cleaning products — such as those with EPA’s Safer Choice label — that are safe for the job and the environment.



Our work


Worker adusts plastic tubes on back of pickup. Titles: Our field work, Washington Conservation Corps, safe practices in the backcountry.
We’re learning new ways to do old jobs. Summer is prime time for our Washington Conservation Corps' work to protect and restore the state’s environment and natural beauty. A portable handwashing station is one way crew members stay safe on the job.


Orange dye spreads into a river, released by two workers. Titles read, our field work, ready for summer.
Late summer is a great time to study streams, because low flows can reveal the hydrology that shapes these water systems. If the study involves a fluorescent dye test, our scientists add a brief splash of color to the process.



Masked worker gives a V hand sign. Titles read, our field work, following COVID 19 safety practices in our field work
Mask on, a stormwater inspector shares a selfie as she returns to field work. Like all of us, she’s ready for summer!