Climate Protection & Energy
Climate change in the Pacific Northwest affects our water supply, homes, health, environment, and economy. By taking action now, we can lessen its impacts and help maintain Snoqualmie as a great place to live for future generations.
Our choices affect the amount of greenhouse gases (GHGs) that accumulate in the atmosphere. Whether we insulate our homes, put on a sweater, or turn up our home heat; whether we drive solo to our jobs or carpool; whether we reduce the amount of water we use during a shower; whether we write to our representatives on state climate programs – all of these decisions can add or reduce GHGs.
The City of Snoqualmie has been working to address climate change since signing on to the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement in 2007, and approving the Snoqualmie Sustainability Strategy in 2010.
Since then, the City has initiated multiple programs in support of the Strategy. In 2017 the City approved that from 2019-2034, City facilities will be powered by Washington State wind power supplied through the Puget Sound Energy (PSE) Green Direct program.
The City of Snoqualmie has committed to work in partnership with other Cities in the region and King County by actively participating in the King County-Cities Climate Collaboration (K4C).
Indoor & Outdoor Burning
The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency (PSCAA) provides information, monitors air quality, and enforces state outdoor burn regulations in King County. For more information call (206) 343-8800.
- Minimize fireplace smoke by creating small, hot fires with plenty of air available to the fire.
- Never burn garbage in your home, or outdoors. It is prohibited by state law.
- Listen for burn ban alerts. Unless your fireplace or uncertified wood stove is your sole source of heat, it is illegal to burn during a burn ban. During a stage 2 burn ban, it is illegal to use even a pellet stove or certified wood stove.
- The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency states that smoke from burning wood and leaves may seem harmless, but it is as dangerous as cigarette smoke and it can contribute to birth defects, cancer, and lung disease.
- State law prohibits burning garbage, land debris, and land clearing debris outdoors or indoors.
- Wood Smoke - Your Health, Your Wallet and the Law
- EPA Backyard Burning
- Department of Ecology Alternatives to Burning (Web)