Barges have set up and are getting ready to dredge the bottom of Lake Union just west of Gas Works park. Larry Altose, from the Washington State Department of Ecology, writes about the work on their blog:
The contamination we’re about to remove existed before the present owner purchased the property in 1994. At that time, Northlake Ship Yard and Ecology signed a legal document called a Prospective Purchaser Consent Decree (PPCD). It’s a cleanup agreement for someone who buys already-contaminated property.
Many commercial and industrial sites have such agreements, but this one has an unusual twist. Normally, a property owner – current or past – conducts the required cleanup work. Northlake Ship Yard opted instead to deposit funds into a bank trust account over several years. Ecology is using that account to conduct the cleanup. This is our first cleanup under such an arrangement.
What’s down there
A previous owner used ground-up slag from the Tacoma Smelter to sandblast ships. The slag was inexpensive and plentiful many years ago. It also was rich in arsenic, a toxic metal. Sandblasting also produces other residue from ships’ metal and paint. Today it is illegal to sandblast over the water.
We estimate that our contractor, Redside Construction of Port Gamble, will haul away about 8,000 cubic yards of this material all told. That may take about three months. Unless we find the contamination is much higher than we’ve seen in our sampling, we expect it all can go to a regular landfill.
A clean cleanup
Each scoop of mud is up to 60 percent water. We can’t haul that in our trucks. It’s too heavy. And, we don’t want water from this muck on our streets. So the mud lands first on a barge so that water can slowly drain back to the lake.
About every three days, we’ll have a truck-out day. Covered trucks will haul moist, but not soaking, mud. There might be 20 to 30 truckloads on each of these days.
Silt, and plenty of it
We’re going to raise clouds of silt in the water from digging and from the water draining off of the muck-drying barge. To keep this silt from getting into the rest of the lake, we will surround the project with a fine-mesh silt curtain. It hangs from floats and is weighted at the bottom.
The curtain will stay in place until the work is done and we have tested the water to make sure all silt has settled. Also, we monitor the water outside the curtain continuously, so we can stop work and fix any problems we find.
We expect our mucking with the lake bottom will release some oily substances that will float to the surface. The work area may contain sheen, a thin coating of oil on the surface of the water.
To keep that out of the rest of the lake we will add another barrier: a bright yellow or orange oil-spill containment boom.
We’ll have spill response equipment on hand. Often, though, sheen is so thin that cleanup materials cannot remove it from the water. We will clean the sheen whenever possible.
Many people keep an eye on the busy waters of Lake Union and the Ship Canal. Ecology follows up on reports of oil slicks and sheen in this area on a regular basis. We’re making every effort to keep sheen from this cleanup out of the rest of the lake.
Odds and ends
We expect now and then to pause our muck picking to remove the odd log, barrel or whatnot. We know of some such objects from surveys of the lake bottom. Still, the mud may hide any and every kind of object, so we’ll see what turns up.
That’s another good reason for the silt curtain and the spill gear. You can never know.
Before we leave
We expect to dig down about two feet to remove the contaminated mud and grit. We’ll close by covering the area with a half foot of clean sand. This will make the lake bottom more suitable for nature’s return.
How’s the holiday shopping coming? On the Jewish side of the neighborhood, we’ll be lighting the eighth and final candle on the menorah tonight, so the season is more or less by us. In our house, in any case, we seem to have let that whole piece of the holiday slide into neglect: it was Day 6 before Zev remarked “hey, aren’t we supposed to get presents?”
But, should you be part of the vast majority of Wallingfordians with gift-giving days ahead of you, there’s quite a bit going on this next week to make your job easier. Sarah Eckman from Trilogy Chiropractic writes:
Come out to Trilogy Chiropractic’s first ever Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, December 7th from 10am-2pm. We’re located in Stoneway Center at 3933 Stone Way N, right beside the 7-11. We want to make the holidays as easy as possible on you and are gathering some of the best businesses in the Seattle area to come together to provide you great deals to check some gifts off your list! We’ll have holiday deals from all the vendors, mimosas, hot cider, hot cocoa, holiday snacks, and a gift wrapping station! Yes, you heard that right. Anything you buy in the office, we will gift wrap it for you!
Here’s a list of the incredible businesses that will be
here: Jack-b-Nimble candleworks, Deep Root Wellness (bath salts), Edge Integrated Massage with sample massages and gift certificates, Mary Kay, Pampered Chef, Lemongrass Spa, Tastefully Simple, Restoration Artwear with handmade Jewelry, Bambu Organic Salon, American Athlete – a local Greenlake gym, Masa Integrative Clinic, RosaLe with handmade Shea Butters, and It Works Body Wraps!
Everyone will have great deals for you, so come ready to buy and have some fun, we can’t wait to see you all here!
It’s open house time season for independent schools. With Baby Z no longer a baby, Family Wallyhood has been doing the tour of the local kindergartens. While we live across the street from the John Stanford School, we’re not guaranteed a spot there with the new school districting plan. Plus, JSIS doesn’t even offer tours until February, long after the deadline for applications to the area independent schools. It’s actually been quite a bit of fun checking out the schools and kind of makes me yearn to be a kid again (did you know UCDS has 3D printers and laser cutters?! And Evergreen is building an “Invention Lab” for the kids? I didn’t even have “shop” at my grade school!)
Barb Gordon asked us to let folks know about one local open house happening this Saturday, right across from the Woodland Park Zoo:
Kapka Cooperative K-5 School Hosting Open House for Prospective Families on Saturday, December 7 at 2 pm. 510 N 49th St.
Would you like your child to wake up each morning eager to go to school? Come learn about KapKa’s progressive curriculum, passionate teachers and close-knit community at our Open House, Saturday, December 7 at 2 pm.
With a 25 year history in the Woodland Park neighborhood of Wallingford, KapKa Cooperative K-5 School is a thriving learning community. KapKa is a Klamath word meaning young pine. Like forest soil, our community nurtures KapKa children in building the social, emotional and academic skills to become informed and caring contributors to our wider society. KapKa’s approach is based on small classes and differentiated instruction to challenge all levels of ability. Our theme-based, inquiry-driven curriculum excites children’s natural curiosity. This year, our Inventions theme has students exploring and building their own inventions while developing their literacy, math, design and science knowledge.
Being a cooperative, KapKa is distinct from other schools. At KapKa parents have the opportunity to take an active role in their children’s learning environment. Each family in the KapKa community contributes time and skills that fit their schedule and ability. KapKa kids get to know their classmates’ parents and siblings, and parents get to know all the teachers and Kapka families. The result is a truly nurturing learning community.
“Our daughter is thriving at KapKa. Things we love: small class sizes, top-notch teachers, rich curriculum that encourages investigation and independent thinking, strong community traditions, public service orientation, ample outdoor time, solid literacy and math teaching…“
- a current KapKa parent
Come take a look at KapKa for your family on Saturday December 7 at 2 pm (parents and caregivers only please). Tour the school, meet the teachers and hear the experiences of current parents. For additional information or directions, please visit www.kapkaschool.org or take a glimpse inside KapKa with this video. Need more information? Take a look at some of the parent reviews of KapKa on the Great Schools website.
Two years ago, the Wallingford Community Council and Seattle Public Utilities conducted months of negotiations regarding the rebuild of the North Transfer Station in our neighborhood. As a result, SPU and WCC entered into a detailed contract governing a wide range of issues concerning the construction and operation of the new facility. In an unprecedented process, the contract was not only signed by SPU, but was specifically approved by the City Council.
The contract requires that SPU investigate and analyze a wide range of topics, and then report to and consult with the WCC. SPU has some of its analyses ready to share with WCC and the community on subjects relating to the control of particulate matter, odors and noise. SPU has requested a meeting with WCC this Wednesday.
WCC will hold its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, December 4, at 7:00 PM at the Good Shepherd Center. Everyone is welcome.
In addition to the Transfer Station update, WCC will consider ongoing land use issues in our community.
In the age of Netflix, iTunes and the cleverly named “Amazon Instant Video”, when Blockbuster Video has gone bust, is it any wonder that the video brick-and-mortar icon Scarecrow Video should be up on the ropes?
Sort of. I mean, there are about ten bazillion videos out there, and Scarecrow carries about 120,000 of them. By contrast, iTunes has about 3,500.
But, on the ropes it is. Rentals are down 40%, and, according to KOMO, “store officials say this holiday season could be make-or-break for the business.”
But according to Kate Barr from Scarecrow, this grim news has been overshadowing on important fact:
Scarecrow is celebrating its 25th Anniversary this December!!
We’re setting aside our current worries and pulling out all the stops for a weekend long celebration starting Friday, December 6th and ending Sunday, December 8th.
In the midst of our struggle to keep this Seattle landmark around, we invite one and all to join us in celebrating all of our achievements in the last 25 years – and our continued hope for another 25 years to come.
Scarecrow’s press release gives some background on the film mecca:
On December 9, 1988 (promptly at noon) Scarecrow Video was born with one simple mission: unite people with film. Containing an inventory of 600 titles procured by George Latsios, the original Latona store location was but a ripple in the lake that would become Scarecrow. Seven customers signed up that day (four of whom we’re pleased to still have with us), 18 titles were rented, and the store’s first $38.98 was made. George, along with his wife Rebecca, continued to aggressively expand the rental inventory, as well as their staff. In November of 1994, Scarecrow was forced to look for a larger house to accommodate its then 18,000 titles, and moved down the street to its current location at 5030 Roosevelt Way. In 1997, Scarecrow became one of the first video stores in Seattle to add a major DVD section reinforcing its ethos to evolve in the new directions of cinema. In 1999, as a result of financial and health concerns, George and Rebecca transferred ownership of Scarecrow to Carl Tostevin and John Dauphiny, two long-time customers and avid movie lovers, with their promise to maintain its mission, and the next chapter in Scarecrow’s history began.
The last fifteen years have seen many more changes at Scarecrow. In late 2006, Blu-rays were introduced. Co-owner John Dauphiny exited and Carl’s wife, Mickey McDonough, entered. The inventory continues to grow and is now at an astounding 120,000 titles, a collection unmatched anywhere in the world. In addition to rentals, Scarecrow offers one of the largest browsing selections of DVDs and Blu-rays for sale in Seattle including unusual, rare and hard to find titles. 2011 saw the expansion of the Scarecrow experience by adding a coffee kiosk to encourage customers to stay awhile and, in 2012, a Screening Room was built to offer a larger space for customers to sample our impressive collection and connect film-lovers with each other. After 25 years of hard work weathering the ups and downs and always staying true to our mission of bringing people and film together, we have a lot to celebrate!
The weekend of festivities will commence on Friday, December 6th and will include:
- Big sales on New & Used titles including:
- 50% off all used items
- $1.00 VHS and Laserdiscs
- $3.00 off all Criterion titles
- Mark downs on select box sets and out of print titles
- $35 punchcards
- Raffles & giveaways
- Scavenger hunts
- On-going screenings of George’s, Rebecca’s and Carl & Mickey’s all-time favorite movies
Come celebrate with us! What was the first film you ever rented at Scarecrow? Come and tell us, and share your favorite Scarecrow memories. Haven’t heard of Scarecrow or been in yet? Come discover us for the first time! Long-time or new, young or old, come be a part of the beginning of the future of this world famous, one-of-a-kind film experience that can only be found here in Seattle.
“[Scarecrow is] like this last great bastion of everything ever made.”
- John Jacobson, co-founder of The Film School – KOMOnews.com
“Back in the days when I was involved with Microsoft Cinemania, I discovered Scarecrow and was amazed by its selection and the knowledge and passion of the staff. They don’t settle for putting a display of the latest big hit inside the door, but attract the curious, the adventurous and the obsessed movie buffs. The store is not only a resource, but a social center, where you can discover you are not the only person who loves Ozu, or Guy Maddin.”
- Roger Ebert – quoted in a Seattle Times article (11/07/04)
Stop in. Do it for Roger!
(Scarecrow Video is a Wallyhood sponsor. Photo of Scarecrow aisle by Leigh Kelsey. Photo of David Lynch at Scarecrow by Michelle Hudson)
Back in October, we reported the sad story of 26-year-old Jowanna Gooden’s body being found along the Burke-Gilman trail. Last week, Seattle Police Department detectives arrested the suspected murderer, 32-year-old Renton resident Uriel “Duane” Boyd. He was in part tracked down because he answered a cell phone call from the 4000 block of Bagley Avenue on the night of the murder.
SPD reports that Jowanna’s murder was not random and that they believe she knew her killer.
Boyd was booked on murder charges as well as drug charges. He has been previously convicted of drug offences as well as burglary, driving with a suspended license, and unlawful possession of a firearm.
According to a KOMO news interview with Gooden’s sister, LaQuanna Cooper, Gooden had almost completed her Associate of Arts degree. She was family-oriented, fun and loving with a “wonderful personality and genuine heart.”
We extend the neighborhood’s sympathies to Gooden’s family and hope that Boyd’s arrest brings them some small measure of comfort.