New Call-Before-You-Dig Laws

Increased oversight and penalties — from OPALCO — Utilities, excavators and the public are all affected by a new call-before-you-dig law that includes more rigorous enforcement, mandatory damage reporting and higher penalties. The intent of the law is to improve communication between utilities and excavators/homeowners and decrease damage to underground … Continue reading

Board of Health Asked to Agree ‘Growler’ Noise Causes Irreparable Injury

— from the Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve, Whidbey Island — Proof of noise-inflicted injuries were presented to the Island County Board of Health, Keith Higman, Brad Thomas, M.D., Executive Secretary and members at their meeting on May 19th in the form of declarations from medical experts, a local practicing physician, … Continue reading

Soil — the Solution for Climate Change?

Workshops on Lopez and San Juan Islands May 30-31 — from the San Juans Conservation District — Grow soil, regenerate the land and be a part of a solution for climate change! You have an incredible opportunity to join Peter Donovan to learn the basics of soil carbon science and … Continue reading

Guest Column: Eastsound Water Sources at Normal Levels

purdue lake 2015 EWUA feature

— by Paul Kamin, General Manager, Eastsound Water Users Association — Much of Washington is discussing drought preparations for this summer due to the extremely low snowpack that accumulated this winter. EWUA’s water sources not dependent on snowpack. Purdue Lake on Buck Mountain (photo) filled this winter as normal, and … Continue reading

Citizens Ask Island County to Halt “Irreparable Injury”


— from Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve — Island County Commissioners faced a room full of concerned and sometimes tearful Whidbey Island residents requesting specific actions be taken in response to documented proofs of on-going health harms caused by Navy’s Low-Flying “Growler” Attack Jets. Proof of noise inflicted injuries were presented … Continue reading

What A Weekend in the School Garden!


–by Colleen Stewart, School Garden Keeper — Thank you Americorps Volunteers! On a sunny Saturday, a team of six NCCC Americorps volunteers from around the country worked in our school garden assembling pallet platforms for mural painting, fixing gates with spring closures, securing the compost and worm bin doors with … Continue reading