Congrats 2016 Kids Photo Contest Winners
1st Place: Nikhita Bontha “Wind Turbines”
2nd Place: Kennon Casper “Greenhouse”
3rd Place: Emily McLaughlin “Fishermen at Sunset”
Click here to see the kids photos!
What is gogreentricities.org?
Go Green Tri-Cities highlights green businesses, organizations, resources, and events in the Tri-Cities, WA. It was created using funds raised for environmentally related activities and events in the Mid-Columbia under the direction of the Sustainable Energy and Environmental Network. The purpose is to promote eco-friendly living by presenting options available in the area, including information on a variety of businesses that offer green products and services. Sponsors this year include City of Richland, Energy Northwest, Tri-City Herald, Bechtel, Benton County Solid Waste, City of Pasco, Green Built/ Home Builders Assoc., TiLite, US Linen, and KURION, Inc. Read More...
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Up-Coming Events (for more, go to the Calendar)
Pasco's Farmers' Market is open on Saturday from 8 a.m. - noon, The Market at the Parkway in Richland is open on Friday from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., and the Farmers' Market in Downtown Kennewick is open on Thursday from 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.
See the Green Pages under Food for more locally grown food.
For information about farmers' markets, fresh fruit & produce stands, and local food and farm producers in the Tri-Cities and other nearby communities, visit: http://tri-citiesguide.org/farm-markets.htm.
Check out the event calendars for these outdoor activities groups:
- More on our Community page/ outdoors recreation
- Columbia Kayak Adventures: www.columbiakayakadventures.com
- Desert Ski and outdoors sports club http://thedesertskiclub.weebly.com/
- Friends of Badger Mountain: www.friendsofbadger.org/events
- Friends of Mid-Columbia River Wildlife Refuges http://friendsofmcrwr.org/
- Fun, Fit and Over Fifty: www.ffofc.org
- InterMountain Alpine Club: www.imacnw.org
- Lower Columbia Basin Audubon Society: www.lowercolumbiabasinaudubon.org
- Native Plant society http://www.cbwnps.org/calendar/
- REACH Museum tours http://visitthereach.org/2015-tours/
- REI classes www.rei.com/stores/kennewick.html
- Tapteal Greenway http://tapteal.org/calendar/
Sponsor Mid-Columbia Earth Month through SEEnet
Without the support of our sponsors, Earth Month clean-up and education efforts would not touch the lives of our Mid-Columbia community of about 250,000 citizens. Check out the Sponsor Info below to see how you can help! Earth Month accepts donations and sponsorships through our parent organization, the Sustainable Energy & Environmental Network (SEEnet).
Public Comments Wanted:
Comments do not need to be technical in nature, just voice your concerns.
1. Franklin County's shoreline plan
Comments will be accepted through June 6, 2016
PASCO – A program to manage shorelines in Franklin County is open for comment through the Washington Department of Ecology.
The proposed shoreline program will guide construction and development along the Columbia, Palouse and Snake rivers as well as 18 lakes within the county. It combines local plans for future development and preservation with new ordinances and related permitting requirements.
Franklin County adopted its shoreline plan on Jan. 20, 2016. Once approved by Ecology, the county’s shoreline program will become part of the overall state shoreline master program.
The locally tailored shoreline program is designed to help minimize environmental damage to shoreline areas, reserve appropriate areas for water-oriented uses and protect people’s access to public land and waters.
- Ecology’s Central Regional Office, 1250 W. Alder St., Union Gap
- Ecology's website
- Franklin County Planning and Building Dept., 1016 N. 4th Ave., Pasco
- Franklin County’s Shoreline Master Program website
After taking public comments into consideration, Ecology may approve Franklin County’s proposed shoreline program as written, reject it, or identify specific modifications to meet the Shoreline Management Act and applicable state regulations.
2. Ecology's updated rule to cap carbon pollution
Comments will be accepted through July 22, 2016
After incorporating feedback from business and environmental stakeholders, the Washington Department of Ecology has released an updated version of the state’s first-ever rule to cap carbon pollution. The Clean Air Rule will reduce carbon pollution to help slow climate change.
Washington faces severe economic impacts from the changing climate. The proposed rule would set limits on carbon pollution (greenhouse gases) to help slow climate change and limit expected damage to the state’s rich agricultural resources, drinking water supplies, and infrastructure.
Some of the changes made to the rule include incorporating mechanisms to ensure emissions are reduced while supporting business growth; recognizing early actions already taken to reduce emissions; and an effective pathway for power plants.
The rule would require businesses and organizations that are responsible for large amounts of greenhouse gases like natural gas distributors, petroleum product producers and importers, power plants, metal manufacturers, waste facilities, and others to show once every three years that they’re reducing their emissions an average of 1.7 percent annually.
Informational meetings and public hearings on the rule will be held by webinar and in person in June and July. Visit Ecology’s website for details.
3. Closure of the 276-BA Organic Storage Facility at the B Plant
Submit your comments by June 24, 2016
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Richland Operations Office (RL) proposed a change to Hanford’s Dangerous Waste Permit to close the 276-BA Organic Storage Facility located at the B Plant.
DOE has submitted the 276-BA Organic Storage Facility Closure Plan for public comment. This closure plan has been processed as a Class 3 modification to the permit. The proposed Class 3 permit changes require a 60‐day comment period led by the permittee (DOE), and a public meeting. The comment period will be followed by an Ecology‐led 45‐day comment period on the draft permit change.
The DOE contact person for this permit change is Kristen Holmes, 509-376-5803. The Washington State Department of Ecology contact person is Stephanie Schleif, 509-372-7929. The permittees’ compliance history during the life of the permit being modified also is available from the Washington State Department of Ecology contact person.
Copies of the proposed closure plan and supporting documentation are be available at the Administrative Record, 2440 Stevens Drive, Richland, WA or online at: http://pdw.hanford.gov/arpir/index.cfm/viewDoc?accession=0077214H
Stephanie Schleif, Washington State Department of Ecology, 3100 Port of Benton Blvd, Richland, WA 99354
A public meeting will be held May 17, 5:30 p.m., Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Drive, Richland, WA 99352
4. Wanted: Witnesses in a Clean Water Act case
Columbia Riverkeeper is looking for people to be witnesses in a Clean Water Act case to stop pollution. Witnesses must be people who (1) are concerned about toxic pollution and aquatic life in the Columbia River, and (2) fish, boat, swim, hike, or do other things in or near the Columbia River between the Tri-Cities and Umatilla (or nearby). If this is you, I'd really like to talk with you about being a witness.