Sound Status Update – October 2019

Come Celebrate Our Bay Heroes!

Join us Thursday, November 14, to hear about what’s happening in Tacoma that’s transforming our community into one of the most unique places to be in for environmental progress, and to recognize the heroes who are helping make it all happen. Come be a part of this special community event at the Pacific Seas Aquarium and celebrate with delicious food and wonderful friends!

Stand for Our Sound
Thursday, November 14, 2019

the Pacific Seas Aquarium
5400 N Pearl St | Tacoma, WA
Doors open at 6:00 | Program at 7:00 | Close at 8:30

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If you need assistance accessing the event venue, please notify us before the event and we’ll direct you to more accessible parking arrangements. Contact us at or (253) 383-2429.

City Council Voting on Interim Regulations

Tacoma City Council will be voting to renew the Tideflats Interim Regulations on Tuesday, November 12 during the Council Meeting. Interim Regulations put a pause on certain new industrial uses in the Tideflats, like oil terminals, refineries, and bulk storage facilities. However, these protections still allow existing terminals and refineries to expand and bring more fossil fuels into our community. We need City Council to recognize that it doesn’t matter whether the fossil fuels were brought to Tacoma by a new project or an existing one – they pose the same threat to our community and climate it doesn’t make sense to ban one but allow the other. Join us to voice these concerns and ask Tacoma City Council to amend these regulations to cover existing refineries and terminals. We’ve developed talking points to help you with your testimony.

Final Reading and Council Vote on Tideflats Interim Regulations
Tacoma Municipal Building (747 Market Street) | Council Chambers | First Floor
Tuesday November 12, 2019 | 5:00 PM

Melissa Malott, CHB Executive Director, Has Been Appointed to the Tideflats Subarea Plan Advisory Group

The Tideflats Subarea Plan will establish a long-term vision for the Tacoma Tideflats, especially regarding how Tacoma will transition from fossil fuels to a clean energy future. This process is incredibly important because it will determine whether or not we set Tacoma onto a path towards a clean, healthy future.

Right now, the Subarea Plan is still very early in the planning process, but things are beginning to move forward. Governments who are a part of the process appointed stakeholders who will speak up for what this plan should address. We are humbled and honored to say that the Puyallup Tribe of Indians selected Melissa Malott to represent environmental interests on the Tideflats Stakeholder Advisory Group. This is a tremendous opportunity to a part of something that will shape Tacoma’s future. Members of the Stakeholder Advisory Group will help develop the environmental review for the Plan, including how fossil fuels, contaminated site cleanups, stormwater control and treatment, sea-level rise, and habitat restoration, among other issues will be evaluated.

Mark Your Calendars for December 3!

Every year, millions of people support the causes they love on Giving Tuesday, the annual global day dedicated to giving. If you like our work and want to support what we do, remember to take part in CHB’s Giving Tuesday to propel us towards a clean and healthy future for Commencement Bay and South Puget Sound. Your support is an essential part of helping our work continue.

Save the Date: Giving Tuesday, December 3.

Curbside Recycling Changes in Tacoma

There have been numerous changes to the City of Tacoma’s recycling service that we want to make sure everyone is aware of. These changes include maintaining residential curbside commingled recycling service, with minor adjustments to the accepted curbside recycling list. Learn more about the Recycle Reset at or call Solid Waste Management at (253) 502-2100.

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