Redmond The Environmental Protection Agency has awarded the city of Redmond its clean-air excellence award, given this year to 13 local...

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The Environmental Protection Agency has awarded the city of Redmond its clean-air excellence award, given this year to 13 local and state governments, industries and citizen groups that have used inventive and effective strategies to improve air quality.

Redmond was honored for its commute trip-reduction program, known as R-TRIP. The program aims to improve mobility and air quality by reducing drive-alone commutes through incentives for employers and commuters who choose alternatives to driving solo, personalized commuter help and grants to support employers who implement transportation solutions of their own.

The public-private partnership involves the city, King County Metro Transit, the Greater Redmond Transportation Management Association and area employers. The program helped eliminate 80,000 vehicle trips and 200,000 pounds of pollutants in 2004, according to partnership members.

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City begins to deal with water shortage

The city of Issaquah this week began a water-shortage contingency plan in response to this year’s low levels of winter precipitation. The city is also taking steps to reduce water consumption in its own operations.

While Issaquah isn’t imposing mandatory water restrictions now, residents are advised to wash only full loads of clothes and dishes; fix leaking toilets and faucets; turn off running water in bathrooms or kitchen sinks; shorten showers; and avoid pre-rinsing of dishes.

Business customers should check for equipment and fixture leaks; repair and adjust irrigation systems to ensure they are in good working order and don’t allow water to pool and run-off; turn off water-using equipment when it’s not in use; use a broom, instead of a hose, to clean driveways and sidewalks; and apply for rebates and incentives to upgrade water-using equipment and fixtures.


Repair work to close Tolt Bridge for 5 days

The Tolt Bridge west of Carnation will be closed five days next week so King County Road Services Division crews can repair damage to the bridge deck and supports they discovered during maintenance work in February.

The bridge is located on Tolt Hill Road and spans the Snoqualmie River. It will be closed from 7 a.m. Monday to 4 p.m. Friday, April 15. The county timed the work to coincide with spring break at local schools. Motorists can detour via highways 202 or 203.


Nominations sought for Youth Link honor

Bellevue Youth Link is accepting nominations for awards to honor community leaders, volunteers and organizations that have benefited the lives of Bellevue children and teens.

Nominations will be open until April 29, and awards will be given in several categories. Forms are available at the Youth Link office, 10001 N.E. Fourth St.; at City Hall, 11511 Main St.; and at Bellevue school offices, community centers and libraries.

Youth Link, a youth leadership program sponsored by the city and Bellevue public schools, will host its annual Community Leadership Awards ceremony at 7 p.m. May 25 at Meydenbauer Center, 11100 N.E. 6th St. It is free and open to the public. To RSVP or get more information, call 425-452-2846.

Seattle Times Eastside bureau.