Department of Ecology enlists teenagers to clean up litter

February 16, 2012

NEW — 9:40 a.m. Feb. 16, 2012

Newcastle teenagers can join the effort to clean up Washington parks and roadsides soon.

The state Department of Ecology’s Northwest Regional Office in Bellevue plans to hire about 72 teenagers to help clean up area roadsides, parks and recreation areas during the summer. Ecology Youth Corps members also learn how to better care for the environment through the program.

Youths ages 14 to 17 can apply through April 10 to work with one of Ecology Youth Corps crews cleaning up litter this summer in King, Skagit, Snohomish and Whatcom counties. Crews work Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., in a four-week session.

Sessions run from June 28 through July 25 and again from July 26 through August 21. Participants earn $9.04 per hour.

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City gets grant to fix Olympus pond

January 7, 2011

The city received an $112,000 grant from the state Department of Ecology to improve the storm water pond in the Olympus neighborhood.

Pond water now has only one entrance and exit, and the improvement will create separate inflows and outflows, Assistant City Engineer Jed Gonzales said.

He said the change will enhance the water’s quality before it flows into Boren Creek.

Newcastle Elementary School’s sustainability programs win state award

May 18, 2010

NEW — 3:30 p.m. May 18, 2010

Newcastle Elementary School was the recipient of a $300 grant from the state Department of Ecology given today.

The annual Terry Husseman School Awards program recognizes and rewards schools for their commitment to ongoing sustainable programs, including waste-reduction efforts, creating new environmental awareness programs, and developing and implementing innovative curricula, a press release said.

Newcastle is one of 45 public and private schools from the state to win an award ranging between $150 and $3,150. More than 70 applications were received.

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