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Wednesday January 2nd – 3rd: Post-Holiday gas bloating pain Styrofoam Recycling Event. The Green Team at Seattle’s Maple Leaf Lutheran Church in Meadowbrook (10005 32nd NE) will be sponsoring a STYROFOAM Recycle Event on January 2-4, 2019. NOT before that date and NOT after that date. Let’s work together and keep this nasty stuff out of the landfills. Please bag up and notify the staff at that you will be a part of the effort. Please, no drop off without scheduling.

Thursday, January 17th: Thornton Creek Alliance Meeting. Learn all about managing beavers in urban settings. A panel discussion with representatives from Seattle Public Utilities (Deb Heiden), Seattle Parks (Patti Bakker), and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (Ezekial Rohloff). 7:00 PM, Maple Leaf Lutheran Church, 10005 32nd Ave. NE.

Thursday, January 24th: UNICEF Event About Human Trafficking. In recognition of Human Trafficking Awareness month, UNICEF USA is hosting a screening of ‘Not My Life’, a documentary exploring the tragedy of trafficking. The film will be followed be a Q/A with UNICEF USA Staff on the topic and UNICEF Programming in general. 7:00pm at Roosevelt High School. Tickets are available for free or a voluntary contribution. Please RSVP and get further details here.

Sunday, January 27th: Seed Swap #1. Bring electricity symbols your seed catalogs – and your wish list – and we’ll see if we can find you like-minded gardeners to split the cost. In this session, swap saved / leftover seeds and identify seeds you’d like to order as a group. Second session on February 10th. More info at 3 PM – 4 PM in the co-op preschool building in Victory Heights Park.

Studies for the city commissioned in the 1990s to predict the impact of a major earthquake to Seattle’s water infrastructure have proven to be out-of-date. In the past 28 years many more fault lines have been discovered in the city itself, as well as experience from major quake cities like Auckland and Kobe. Because of that, the standards for a water system have been upgraded to survive not just an event likely every 50 years but one e85 gas stations colorado that might only occur over thousands of years. Pipes that can withstand shaking were first developed in Japan, originally dismissed by American manufacturers, but since then they have jumped on the bandwagon, bringing the price and availability down. Nevertheless, the cost to replace every single pipe in the Seattle system would cost $38 billion. We’ll all get sidewalks before that happens. So the thinking is to upgrade the most vulnerable parts of the system, starting where it passes over ground prone to liquefaction during a quake. And to keep two surplus reservoirs, Volunteer Park and Roosevelt (at NE 75th Street and 15th Avenue NE), for emergency use rather than selling off the kansas gas service login land to developers. (Currently they are not usable for potable water as the last of the open-air reservoirs.) The hope is to eventually decrease the amount of time it would take to restore water to the city in case of a catastrophic event. At the moment figures suggest in a worse-case scenario it would take 3-4 weeks just to get 20% of system back working, and 90 days to be back to 100%. Over the next 50 years the city is going to spend $15-20 million annually upgrading the most critical systems and hopefully lower those worse-case figures in the event of magnitude 7.0 quake. Read more about wb state electricity board bill pay the 2018 study and its conclusions.

Another speaker at the meeting, Shayna Daitch, councilperson Juarez’s legislative assistant, updated us on the homeless situation in Lake City, in particular behind the Starbucks on NE 120 th. A sizable encampment has sprung up in recent weeks, with not just tents, but plywood structures and generators electricity word search puzzle. Navigation Teams have done an initial assessment and in two weeks plan to have enough shelter for each person to go to, and begin cleaning out the camp. Alas, the encampment under the 15th Avenue NE bridge is not such a high priority at the moment (public health and safety are the main criteria) with nearly 400 encampments around the city. But as the article in the Seattle Times today said, the city and county have agreed to create one single umbrella group to tackle the situation and assume responsibility for dealing with homelessness.