Potential traffic impacts at Langley Blvd in Oak Harbor

(NAS WHIDBEY ISLAND)- Starting on 19 September, the Navy has contracted to have contaminated soil removed and replaced at the top of Langley Blvd following removal of an old fuel tank two years ago. While the removal project is not expected to have a direct impact on the roundabout project currently under construction at the Heller, Clover Valley, and Ault Field roads intersection, it may contribute to additional traffic delays. Work on the soil removal and replacement is not scheduled during peak transit hours to and from the installation, and is anticipated to last for three days. For more information     (read more)

Public Health accepting comments on proposed product stewardship plan for secure medicine return program

(SKAGIT COUNTY)- Old or unused prescription medicines in homes pose a public and environmental health issue. Skagit County is working on a plan to change that. In February 2018, the Board of Commissioners adopted Skagit County Code 12.20 Secure Medicine Return ordinance to create and fund a comprehensive medicine return system for Skagit County. As part of the ordinance implementation, the stewardship organization named MED Project LLC submitted a proposed Product Stewardship Plan to Skagit County Public Health. The proposed Product Stewardship Plan is available online at Public Health is reviewing the proposed plan, and is seeking     (read more)

SepticSmart Week intends to raise awareness about septic systems

(SKAGIT COUNTY)- On Monday, Sept. 17, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – along with federal, state and local government and private sector partners – will kick off its sixth annual SepticSmart Week to encourage homeowners and communities learn more about, and properly maintain their septic systems. SepticSmart week runs Sept. 17 though Sept. 23 More than 26 million homes in the U.S. – or one in five households – depend on septic systems to treat wastewater. Locally, Skagit County Public Health tracks the status of more than 18,000 on-site sewage systems (OSS). If not maintained, failing septic systems can contaminate groundwater and harm the environment by     (read more)

Naval Station Everett Security Exercise Sept. 12 and 19

(EVERETT)- Naval Station Everett will be conducting a security training exercise on Wednesday, Sept. 12 and Wednesday, Sept. 19. The exercise will take place between 11 a.m. and 12 noon. During the exercise, base access at the main gate may be closed for short 5 minute intervals. There will also be a heightened security presence at the base waterfront, loudspeaker alerts, and active emergency response vehicles. Security training exercises such as this will continue to occur on a regular basis throughout the next several months. Training is conducted regularly to help maintain and improve the qualifications of emergency response personnel. NSE is responsible     (read more)

Skagit County was recognized with Smart Communities award

(SKAGIT COUNTY)- Skagit County officially received the 2018 Governor’s Smart Communities Award today for its innovative partnership with the city of Mount Vernon and state Department of Ecology on the Community Justice Center Brownfield Redevelopment. The award was first announced in May 2018. The Smart Projects Award recognizes a project that implements a comprehensive plan. In the award, the state Department of Commerce noted that Skagit County’s Community Justice Center Brownfield Redevelopment “demonstrates a strong understanding of the value of productive farmland and encouraging reuse of underutilized properties rather than expansion into undeveloped lands. With the support of partners,     (read more)