Environment

Culvert replacement under 128th Street SE and Highway 96 near McCollum Park in Martha Lake, Washington on Friday, July 21, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Drivers must reroute so salmon have a better commute near Mill Creek

This weekend, lanes on 128th Street SE and Highway 96 will be closed west of Dumas Road and Elgin Way for culvert replacement.

Culvert replacement under 128th Street SE and Highway 96 near McCollum Park in Martha Lake, Washington on Friday, July 21, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
People walk along a newly constructed bridge at the Big Four Ice Caves hike along the Mountain Loop Highway in Snohomish County, Washington on Wednesday, July 19, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Bigger, better Big Four bridge connects hikers to majestic ice caves

The Great American Outdoors Act covered the cost of a new bridge at the historic site along the Mountain Loop Highway.

People walk along a newly constructed bridge at the Big Four Ice Caves hike along the Mountain Loop Highway in Snohomish County, Washington on Wednesday, July 19, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers, center, cuts a ribbon at a section of the Little Bear Creek Advance Mitigation Site near 58th Ave SE in Woodinville, Washington on Wednesday, July 12, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

At farm once covered in rusty cars, wildlife returns near Maltby

The cleanup of 17 acres near Little Bear Creek cost over $4 million. It could save taxpayers at least $30 million.

Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers, center, cuts a ribbon at a section of the Little Bear Creek Advance Mitigation Site near 58th Ave SE in Woodinville, Washington on Wednesday, July 12, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
A pod of transient orcas, known as T124As, surfacing near Tacoma. (Craig Craker/Orca Network)

Apparent new orca calf spotted in endangered pod near British Columbia

The baby looks to be more than three weeks old and would be the first new calf in the pod since 2021.

A pod of transient orcas, known as T124As, surfacing near Tacoma. (Craig Craker/Orca Network)
A demonstration of the ZA2000 powertrain during an event for Alaska Airlines and ZeroAvia to discuss their new collaboration in Everett, Washington on Monday, May 1, 2023. ZeroAvia is developing a hydrogen electric propulsion system for aircraft. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

WA wins e-fuel and hydrogen power pledges at Paris Air Show

Gov. Inslee announced state support for the development and expansion of two clean energy company facilities in Washington.

A demonstration of the ZA2000 powertrain during an event for Alaska Airlines and ZeroAvia to discuss their new collaboration in Everett, Washington on Monday, May 1, 2023. ZeroAvia is developing a hydrogen electric propulsion system for aircraft. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
The Snohomish River turns along the edge of the Bob Heirman Wildlife Preserve at Thomas’ Eddy on Wednesday, May 3, 2023 in Snohomish, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

To build a healthier Snohomish River, more log jams

About $2.8M in grants will help engineer log jams, tear down levees and promote salmon restoration at Bob Heirman Wildlife Preserve.

The Snohomish River turns along the edge of the Bob Heirman Wildlife Preserve at Thomas’ Eddy on Wednesday, May 3, 2023 in Snohomish, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Brian Henrichs, left, and Emily Howe, right, begin sifting out the bugs from their bug trap along Port Susan on Monday, May 22, 2023 in Stanwood, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

‘A delta for the future’: Scientists try to save salmon at Stilly’s mouth

The Stillaguamish River’s south fork once supported 20,000 salmon. In 2019, fewer than 500 fish returned to spawn.

Brian Henrichs, left, and Emily Howe, right, begin sifting out the bugs from their bug trap along Port Susan on Monday, May 22, 2023 in Stanwood, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
The Wilderness Land Trust transferred a 354-acre property straddling the Wild Sky and Henry M. Jackson Wilderness Areas to public ownership, adding it to the designated wilderness areas. (The Wilderness Land Trust)

Wild Sky Wilderness grows 345 acres, as transfer chips at private land

The Wilderness Land Trust announced it had completed a transfer near Silvertip Peak to the U.S. Forest Service.

The Wilderness Land Trust transferred a 354-acre property straddling the Wild Sky and Henry M. Jackson Wilderness Areas to public ownership, adding it to the designated wilderness areas. (The Wilderness Land Trust)
Energy and Environmental Sustainability Manager Molly Beeman poses for a photo at the Snohomish County Campus Everett, Washington on Wednesday, May 17, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

‘The crisis is so vast’: Beeman’s climate ‘bucket’ is full

Snohomish County’s energy and sustainability manager is addressing local effects of climate change with an office of three temporary employees.

Energy and Environmental Sustainability Manager Molly Beeman poses for a photo at the Snohomish County Campus Everett, Washington on Wednesday, May 17, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Crews from Reece Construction Company mill asphalt off of Madison Avenue during the beginning of construction on Tuesday, May 16, 2023, in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Everett building out bike network with 4 projects this year

The city is putting bike lanes on Madison Street, converting College Avenue and Fleming Street into a bike boulevard, and adding signs.

Crews from Reece Construction Company mill asphalt off of Madison Avenue during the beginning of construction on Tuesday, May 16, 2023, in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Darlene McApline, an administrative coordinator with Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare's street outreach team, dumps a bottle of water on her head to cool off while loading supplies on Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Nathan Howard)

Comment: Sorry, Northwest, you won’t be a climate ‘winner’

Three heat waves in three years refute the hope the Northwest will ecape the worst of climate change.

Darlene McApline, an administrative coordinator with Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare's street outreach team, dumps a bottle of water on her head to cool off while loading supplies on Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Nathan Howard)
Snow is visible along the top of Mount Pilchuck from bank of the Snohomish River on Wednesday, May 10, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Spada Lake, snowpack slightly below normal, as heat wave moves in

Everett’s water supply is currently at 86% of normal, while the local snowpack is 96% of average.

Snow is visible along the top of Mount Pilchuck from bank of the Snohomish River on Wednesday, May 10, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
A boat drives out of the Port of Everett Marina in front of Boxcar Park on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Port of Everett settles stormwater lawsuit for $2.5M

A water quality watchdog filed the suit in 2022, alleging the port exceeded pollution benchmarks dozens of times.

A boat drives out of the Port of Everett Marina in front of Boxcar Park on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
A troller fishes in Sitka Sound, Alaska on February 2, 2021. A ruling from a U.S. judge in Seattle could effectively shut down commercial king salmon trolling in Southeast Alaska — a valuable industry that supports some 1,500 fishermen — after a conservation group challenged the harvest as a threat to protected fish and the endangered killer whales that eat them. (James Poulson/Daily Sitka Sentinel via AP)

Ruling might cancel Alaska commercial king salmon season

A ruling from a U.S. judge in Seattle could effectively shut down commercial king salmon trolling in Southeast Alaska.

A troller fishes in Sitka Sound, Alaska on February 2, 2021. A ruling from a U.S. judge in Seattle could effectively shut down commercial king salmon trolling in Southeast Alaska — a valuable industry that supports some 1,500 fishermen — after a conservation group challenged the harvest as a threat to protected fish and the endangered killer whales that eat them. (James Poulson/Daily Sitka Sentinel via AP)
Freylands Elementary fifth grader Vaughn Kipnis takes a turn shoveling dirt to help plant a Niobe Golden Weeping Willow along the banks of Lake Tye during an Arbor Day celebration at Lake Tye Park on Friday, April 28, 2023, in Monroe, Washington. Students from Mrs. Sager and Mrs. Slater’s classes took a field trip to help the city plant the park’s newest tree. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Monroe fifth graders dig into Arbor Day, the Tree City USA way

Two fifth grade classes from Fryelands Elementary helped plant a tree at Lake Tye.

Freylands Elementary fifth grader Vaughn Kipnis takes a turn shoveling dirt to help plant a Niobe Golden Weeping Willow along the banks of Lake Tye during an Arbor Day celebration at Lake Tye Park on Friday, April 28, 2023, in Monroe, Washington. Students from Mrs. Sager and Mrs. Slater’s classes took a field trip to help the city plant the park’s newest tree. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Earth Day 2023

Check out these tips on ways you can go green this Earth Day.

Toni Kief and her cat, Poppy, 5, smiles as she is handed a bird feather that she collects while she picks up trash on Tuesday, April 18, 2023 in Marysville, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

‘Call to action’: Marysville volunteers aim for 2,000 bags of litter

Toni Kief, the city’s volunteer of the month, has picked up over 1,300 bags herself — a stat that leads the Litter League.

Toni Kief and her cat, Poppy, 5, smiles as she is handed a bird feather that she collects while she picks up trash on Tuesday, April 18, 2023 in Marysville, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
The inside of the powerhouse at the Woods Creek Hydroelectric Project is seen from the top stairwell on Thursday, April 13, 2023, in Monroe, Washington. The blaring sound of machinery makes it hard to communicate inside the space. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

An electrifying tour: Hydropower plant opens doors to the public

The Woods Creek Sustainability Center is hosting a Hydropower Appreciation Day for guests to see how hydroelectricity gets made.

The inside of the powerhouse at the Woods Creek Hydroelectric Project is seen from the top stairwell on Thursday, April 13, 2023, in Monroe, Washington. The blaring sound of machinery makes it hard to communicate inside the space. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
A man walks past a parking lot roof made up of solar panels at Hopeworks Station on Monday, Aug. 31, 2020 in Everett, Washington. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Climate change gets boost of attention from county planners

Snohomish County’s Comprehensive Plan update addresses greenhouse gas emissions and climate resiliency.

A man walks past a parking lot roof made up of solar panels at Hopeworks Station on Monday, Aug. 31, 2020 in Everett, Washington. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Snohomish County PUD. (Sue Misao / Herald file)

PUD hosting Earth Day block party at Everett HQ

People can learn about careers, enter for giveaways and get info on energy saving programs.

Snohomish County PUD. (Sue Misao / Herald file)