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October 1, 2009 at 7:39am

Morning Spew

September 28, 2009 at 10:51am

Green Crush: Holy apple maggots!

MICHAEL SWAN: WHO ARE YOU GONNA CALL?! >>>

Green-meanie

There's nothing like a walk in the woods at Point Defiance Park to clear your mind. The chirping of birds, the wind rustling through the trees â€" away from computers, microwave dinners, and traffic. It's peace, naturally.

But not all green is good. Most casual walkers on a stroll through the trails don't realize that in the calming shade of the vegetation around them, there's an ongoing war for survival between species native to South Sound and immigrants from abroad. These invaders arrive via bird droppings, through lawn ornamentals that naturalize, and in the ballast water of oceangoing tankers.

The Washington State Invasive Species Council announced today the launch of a hotline and Web site for people to report sightings of invasive species.

Invasive species are plants and animals that are not native to Washington and can crowd out local wildlife and plants, destroying entire landscapes. From ivy choking city parks, to Spartina filling estuaries, to apple maggots infesting orchards, invasive species cost Washington millions of dollars to control every year.

The creation of the hotline, 1-877-9-INFEST, is one of a series of actions being taken by the Invasive Species Council and its partners to combat invasive species. The council also has revamped its Web site and created posters in state parks and other materials to help educate the public about what they can do to help stop invasions.

If you see an apple maggot call the hotline immediately.

Filed under: Environment, Green Crush, Tacoma,

September 11, 2009 at 9:38am

Morning Spew

September 7, 2009 at 8:17am

Morning Spew

August 25, 2009 at 8:45am

Morning Spew

August 24, 2009 at 10:43am

See your future, be your future

MICHAEL SWAN: CLEAR YOUR CALENDAR WEDNESDAY >>>

Water chat and ride
The Puyallup River Watershed Council will hang out at the Carbon River entrance to Mt. Rainier Nation Park Wednesday, Aug. 26.

Want to join them?

Meet at the Sumner Library (116 Fryar Ave.) at 10:30 a.m. First, you have to sit through a slide show concerning the hydrology and sediment transport of rivers presented by Paul Kennard and Susan Dolan, scientists from the Park Service.

At 11:30 a.m. you’ll hop on a bus. After a two-hour ride (you have to have snacks along the way!), you’ll pile out for short and long walks to see flood impacts from previous floods. Discussion on river hydrology and the Park’s future by Bryan Bowden, Park planner/ranger will be part of your day.

It’s back on the bus at 3:30 p.m. for return trip. If you’re not sunburned, the Puyallup River Watershed Council hosts a forum at the Sumner Library beginning at 5 p.m. on rivers management in both Pierce and King counties.

For more information, call the Watershed coordinator at 253.798.3096
               
Do It Right Tacoma
Do It Right Tacoma, a blog “created by concerned citizens wanting the City of Tacoma to demand Sound Transit to reevaluate, review, and present their plans to result in the best solution possible for our city,” will host a public discussion on Sound Transit’s rail plans for Tacoma Wednesday, Aug. 26, 5 p.m., at 402 E. 26th St. in the Tacoma Dome District. The meeting will include a walking tour of Sound Transit’s plan for the Dome District.

Expect Do It Right Tacoma to encourage you to attend Sound Transit’s presentation to the Community Councils of Tacoma that goes down Thursday, Aug. 27, 6 p.m., in the Tacoma Municipal Building.

August 11, 2009 at 12:08pm

We're not so addicted to oil

MICHAEL SWAN: OIL VULNERABILITY RANKINGS >>>

As gas prices rise, consumers face increased threat of oil dependency. The Natural Resources Defense Council's analysis shows state-by-state ranking of oil vulnerability. The average Washington state driver spends 4.43 percent of their income on gasoline, which is low compared to other states.

August 10, 2009 at 10:30am

Green Scene: abandoned carts, folding bike

RON SWARNER: GREEN LINKS OF THE DAY >>>

Carts Attention Lakewood Towne Center: Your shopping carts are down the street strung along 108th Ave. S.W. this morning.

Soiled: Growing hemp in Oregon faces challenges.

Eye In The Sky: Helping salmon survive.

The Dumbest Smart Car: They may be good for the environment, but they aren't exactly seaworthy.

Hello? Anybody listening?: UN chief calls for global push to combat climate change.

Huge Tracks Of Land: New study reveals large scale conservation essential.

Best Folding Bike Eva:

July 31, 2009 at 10:53am

Critical Mass tonight

RON SWARNER: GREEN LINKS OF THE DAY >>>

Bike in tree Snapped: frustration at 26th and Pearl Street in Tacoma.

Critical Mass: It's tonight in T-town!

Fancy Bikes: Eight designer bicycles for two-wheeling fashionistas.


By the way ...

Cash For Clunkers NOT FAIL: Cash for clunkers gets another $2 billion.

Global warming as new religion?: Give The Vancouver Sun a break â€" climate change is serious.

July 23, 2009 at 1:20pm

Tacoma bars and restaurants vs. recycling: comments

MICHAEL SWAN: COMMENTS ON OUR COVER STORY TODAY >>>

Paul Schrag penned the Weekly Volcano cover story this week reporting that bars and restaurants in Tacoma would like to recycle, but sometimes it ain't easy being green.

Here's an excerpt:


Since curbside recycling was introduced a couple decades ago, businesses have struggled with the extra cost that comes with being environmentally responsible. The fundamental question becomes, whose job is it to pay for all this? Business owners would like government agencies to help pay the bill by providing free recycling services, assuming that cities could make money managing and selling recycled materials, just like private companies do. Many restaurant owners who have recycled glass in the past say they have stopped recycling to manage costs. One restaurant manager, who asked not to be named, says that it’s simply too expensive to pay to recycle glass. There’s no incentive.


Read the full story here.

The following are comments on this issue posted underneath the story on our Web site.

Submitted 08:41 on Jul 23, 2009 by Jason
Perhaps Panago should just up the drink prices by a quarter. If Matador serves 28 drinks in a day. It's paid for. Keep the cost of recycling between the business and the patrons.

Submitted 09:57 on Jul 23, 2009 by ...
Recycling is something that is a top priority for me. As I relatively new business owner, I was surprised to find that there was an extra charge for a recycling bin at commercial properties, whereas it is free and encouraged for people to use in their residences. I end up filling up bins in our back storage room with glass, paper and plastic...then bringing it all home once a week to toss in my recycling bin there. Not fun, but much easier than it would be if I were in the restaurant/bar business for sure!

Submitted 10:03 on Jul 23, 2009 by incredulous
How does "17 million tons produced, 2.5 million recycled" translate to "glass is difficult to reuse?" Because of the rate of return or actual recycling issues? This is sloppy reporting.


What are your thoughts on the issue?

Filed under: Environment, Food & Drink, Tacoma,

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