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Snohomish County News

News from Sam Low

April 2019

Sam Low's eNewsletter


Snohomish County Council
3000 Rockefeller Ave., M/S 609
Everett, Washington 98201
8th floor, Robert J. Drewel Building 
Phone: 425-388-3494


Darcy Cheesman, Legislative Aide 

Emerging Issues

I will be on a panel on April 29th at the Monroe Library discussing the topic of Disappearing Farmland: Balancing Growth and Food. Below is a flyer on the event and I hope you can come out and join the discussion.

Disappearing Farmland Flyer

25th Anniversary of Naval Station Everett

Image of councilmembers and Navy commanders

On Wednesday, April 10th, the Snohomish County Council passed Resolution 19-012, recognizing Naval Station Everett’s 25th Anniversary. For these past 25 years Naval Station Everett (NSE) has been woven into the fabric of our community. The Council recognized the significant positive impacts NSE has provided to our public. NSE was selected from among 13 ports as an ideal location for the Navy’s Strategic Homeport Initiative, with Initial Operating Capability achieved in April 1987. It is a critical facility to the Navy, being one of only two deep water port facilities on the western coast of the United States and the most modern shore installation in the U.S.

In 2017 NSE received awards for its conservation achievements including the 2017 Secretary of the Navy Environmental Award for Industrial Sustainability and the 2017 Secretary of the Navy Energy Conservation Award.

I was pleased Council recognized the Naval Station. One of the many benefits of hosting a naval station is the significant economic impact it makes in its community and I am grateful NSE provides that to Snohomish County.

Earth Day / Zero Waste Resolution

Councilmember Low planting tree at Lake Stickney Park

Snohomish County Council kicked off Earth Day with a tree planting event at Lake Stickney.  Even in the rain it was great to get out and enjoy our parks and plant a tree.  That same day Councilmember Nehring and I brought forward a Zero Waste Resolution that Council passed unanimously. 

Snohomish County has a great track record of environmental stewardship in its recycling and waste reduction strategies. The Sustainable Operations Action Plan (SOAP), initially adopted in 2013, outlines these strategies and actionable steps to integrate environmentally sustainable practices into Snohomish County operations. Today’s resolution highlights the successes of SOAP including over 464 tons of waste diverted from landfills in its first two years.

In an effort to build on these successes, Resolution 19-015 calls for additional actions to be included in the SOAP update including expanding the Zero-Waste Fair Initiative. This initiative promotes recycling and composting during the annual 12-day fair at the County owned and operated Evergreen State Fairgrounds. 49 tons of waste are diverted annually during the fair because of these efforts. The resolution calls for an expansion of this initiative year-round to increase the amount of waste diverted.

The staff at the Fairgrounds have done an amazing job reducing the waste produced during the fair. We are taking important steps by expanding to year-round zero-waste to increase our environmental stewardship.

WSDOT Update on US 2 Projects

Overnight Lane Closures on US 2

Starting in April, contractor crews working on our new US 2 paving and improvements project from Snohomish to Gold Bar are doing overnight shoulder work in the eastbound lanes from the State Route 9 Interchange to Fryelands Boulevard. To ensure they have a safe space to work, one lane will be closed and flaggers will alternate traffic at the following:

Sunday, April 21 to Thursday, April 25

  • Between South Machias Road and Fryelands Boulevard from 7 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. nightly.

Sunday, April 28 to Thursday, May 2

  • Between South Machias Road and Fryelands Boulevard from 7 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. nightly.

US 2 Intersection Improvements:

Monday, April 22 to Thursday, April 25 - Work requires restrictions at the following intersections from 7:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. nightly:

  • US 2/Roosevelt Road (northeast corner)
  • US 2/179th Avenue Southeast (northeast corner)
  • A uniformed police officer will direct traffic 9 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. nightly.

Monday, April 29 to Thursday, May 2 - Work requires restrictions at the following intersections from 7:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. nightly:

  • US 2/Roosevelt Road (southwest corner)
  • US 2/179th Avenue Southeast (southwest corner)

US 2 Project Near Gold Bar

While similarly named, though not the same project, there is additional US 2 project in the Gold Bar area.  To understand the difference I found this blog that highlights those differences.

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