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New development helps Ballard’s stinking overflow problem

The public outcry against development has led some opponents to espouse that the density issue is related to Ballard’s stormwater/sewage overflow problem.

Citizens at public meetings have said Ballard’s sensitive sewer infrastructure can’t handle more pressure from an increase in volume. Commenters on the Ballard News-Tribune website have directly noted that sewage will back up in the streets as more and more lots are subdivided and as population increases.

Indeed, Ballard development has already exceeded its target goal of development for 2024 by 317 percent.

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Seattle Recognized as the Nation’s Most Sustainable City

STAR Communities announced today that Seattle has been awarded a 5-STAR Community Rating for national leadership in sustainability. The City achieved the highest score to date, and is only the second in the nation to achieve the 5-STAR rating for its participation in the STAR Community Rating System (STAR), which evaluates the livability and sustainability of U.S. communities.

“I applaud our numerous community partners whose work contributed to this recognition and the highest score yet received by any City in the country,” said Mayor Ed Murray. “Our commitment to sustainable practices and innovative solutions begins and ends with our residents and businesses. This 5-STAR rating is just the latest example of the Seattle’s deep-seated culture of environmental consciousness.”

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Seattle Fire Department's 'Fill the Boot' fundraising campaign kicks off September 18

Members of the Seattle Fire Department along with the Muscular Dystrophy Association, will celebrate their 60-year partnership and kick off the fire fighters' annual Fill the Boot fundraising campaign to benefit children and adults affected by muscle disease throughout the Seattle area.

Almost 1,000 members of the Seattle Fire Department will fan out across the city with boots in hand for this year’s drive on September 18th & 19th from 9AM to 6PM, at various intersections around the city.

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