Ecology Blog

Cleaning up: North Everett yard make-overs still available
Soil cleanup continues this year in the Everett Smelter Plume site, located in of the city’s north end. We encourage homeowners who have not joined the process to sign up for free soil sampling.
Washington wetlands: where spring wonders await
Honor American Wetlands Month by visiting a wetland near you.
Affordable housing and economic stimulus through environmental cleanup
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded $2.1 million in grants to four Washington communities to help assess local brownfields.
Keeping the Legacy Pesticide Working Group moving forward
The Legacy Pesticide Working Group is addressing lead and arsenic contamination on historic orchard lands in Central WA. We have transitioned to a small-group format with virtual meetings for now.
Seven steps to slow the spread of COVID-19 at your home or business
Looking for ways to protect yourself, your family and your coworkers as you gradually start returning to normal? Here are some tips to stay safe while disinfecting your home or business.
A beeutiful day in the neighborhood
When a honey bee swarm showed up in my garden, a golden opportunity presented itself to teach children and adults to not be afraid if they ever witness or encounter a swarm.
It’s Air Quality Awareness Week:
May 4-8 is the 14th annual Air Quality Awareness Week. This year’s theme is “Better Air, Better Health.”
Creating a consistent approach for evaluating greenhouse gas impacts
In December 2019, Gov. Jay Inslee directed us to develop consistent, comprehensive standards for evaluating greenhouse gas emissions from major new projects.
Cleaning up: Goodbye gas station, hello housing
The Cheney Super Stop cleanup site, once a service station then city maintenance facility, shows how a contaminated property can be redeveloped into a community asset, housing in this case.
More than 100 years of water management builds sustainable supplies for Washington’s future
The state’s lengthy and colorful history of water law and water use regulations began long before the Department of Ecology was created in 1970.

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