Which Electric Vehicle is Right For You?

Electric Vehicles
Did you know there are 35 electric vehicles currently for sale in the United States. The days when it was a Leaf or an expensive Tesla are gone. In fact companies like Volvo are going exclusively with electric vehicles starting as soon as 2019. So given the fact that EV's save you real money and dramatically reduce your carbon footprint which one is right for you? Saturday September 9th from 11am-3pm is your chance to see over 20 different electric cars and motorcycles all in one place. Steilacoom is hosting the National Drive Electric Car Show with over 50 EV's signed up to attend. I asked former Pierce County Council member and current State Representative Dick Muri why he is hosting this event. 1) What can we expect at the…
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How Are Pierce County Salmon Really Doing in 2017?

Salmon, Water Quality
I come from a salmon fishing family. Dating back to my great grandparents on both sides of my family are people that enjoyed going salmon fishing in the northwest. Now that my kids are 8 and 10 it's time to get them out on Puget Sound salmon fishing this summer. While it may seem unsustainable to some, fishing is a strong part of our culture in Puget Sound. People who fish largely care about the well being of fish and tend to understand the need for improved habitat and better water quality. Simply put without Tribes and fishing interests there would be a lot less interest in the health and wellness of salmon in Puget Sound. But how are salmon doing in Pierce County? I asked 8 local experts from Tribes, local…
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Why Local Jobs Are Critical to a Sustainable Pierce County

Jobs and Sustainability, Pierce County Jobs and Sustainability
Pierce County is growing fast and that news comes with mixed emotions for many people in this community. We have watched as King County has struggled with growth challenges like affordable housing, traffic, and increased pressure on natural areas. This same sort of growth is coming to Pierce County and how we prepare for that change will largely determine the sustainability of Pierce County into the future.  Pierce County has a Jobs Problem  Roughly 40% of our non-miltary working residents travel out of the county every day to go to work. It is why you can sit on I-5 for up to 2 hours in the morning to get to Seattle and why many of the park and rides are full by 6 am for the Sounder. I have often said that every job created in Pierce County is…
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February Sustainability Newsletter…Don’t Drip and Drive

February Sustainability Newsletter…Don’t Drip and Drive

Water Quality
            Ever hear someone talk about how the roads are slippery because it hasn't rained in a while? We all understand that cars and trucks leak oil because we see it on the ground every time it rains. Every year, more than 7 million quarts of motor oil drips out of vehicles onto streets and parking lots and makes its way to lakes, rivers, streams and Puget Sound. Most of this toxic pollution comes from small drips from cars and trucks.    [embedyt] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_oU5mn4yfE[/embedyt]   To get your free vehicle inspection visit www.fixcarleaks.org and find Pierce County shops in Bonney Lake, Gig Harbor, Lakewood, Puyallup, Sumner, Spanaway, Tacoma and University Place that are offering free visual inspections for vehicle leaks in 2017. Clover Park Technical College is offering free leak workshops here.…
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