Natural Resources and Parks
King County investigating damaged sewer pipe in Magnolia
King County is investigating a break in a pipe that carries combined wastewater and stormwater flows to the County’s Magnolia Wet Weather Storage Facility near Smith Cove in Seattle. A plan to repair the broken pipe will be developed once the exact location of the break is confirmed.
Tolt River flood-risk reduction strategy meeting set for Dec. 12
The King County Flood Control District will host a public meeting on Dec. 12 to present the current conditions of the Tolt River and get community feedback on proposed flood-risk reduction solutions.
South Fork Snoqualmie River flood-risk reduction strategy meeting set for Dec. 1
The King County Flood Control District will host a public meeting in North Bend on Dec. 1 to present a potential strategy for reducing flood risks on the South Fork Snoqualmie River and gather community feedback.
King County improving water quality by studying Issaquah Creek bacteria sources
Rainy weather detective work helps locate sources of fecal coliform bacteria pollution in Issaquah Creek.
Learn about King County open space preservation at upcoming public meetings
Attend any of three upcoming public meetings to learn more about potential strategies for protecting high conservation value open space in King County.
Help shape King County’s long-term stewardship of three open space areas near Black Diamond
Help King County Parks develop stewardship recommendations for three King County open spaces in the Black Diamond area by attending a Nov. 30 public meeting in Ravensdale.
King County unincorporated area property owners could qualify for drainage assistance
The Neighborhood Drainage Assistance Program helps with flooding and drainage problems affecting private property in unincorporated King County.
‘I Love the Cedar River’ meeting Nov. 16 covers flood-risk reduction, river management
King County, the King County Flood Control District and the Cedar River Council co-host the sixth-annual “I Love the Cedar River” community meeting and open house, Nov. 16, when interested residents can learn about flood protection, restoration and river management.
Help King County Parks reduce congestion at trailheads by taking online survey
As part of its commitment to address crowded parking lots at many of its most-popular backcountry trail access points, King County Parks is launching an online survey to learn more about how hikers, runners and other trail users are accessing these trails.
Vashon yard and food waste recycling: Regular feature after successful pilot project
Yard and food waste recycling is now a regular feature at the Vashon Recycling and Transfer Station, following a successful one-year pilot project when residents brought 584 tons of compostable materials separated from garbage to the King County Solid Waste Division facility.
Executive highlights historic preservation work with King County John D. Spellman Awards
A restored mid-century building in Renton, a traditional Japanese bathhouse in Auburn, and a railway museum in Snoqualmie are among the recipients of the 2016 John D. Spellman Awards for historic preservation in King County.
Reminder: Construction-demolition debris now directed to expanded recycling network
As of Nov. 1, large quantities of construction and demolition waste (C&D) will no longer be accepted for disposal at King County solid waste facilities. Instead, these materials should be taken to a C&D handling facility and put back into the economy as recycled or repurposed materials, or disposed.
Free natural yard care workshops on fall yard design, Nov. 10 and 17
Mark your calendars for Nov. 10 and 17, when workshops are scheduled to help King County homeowners rethink landscape design ideas, get tips for building healthy soil, lawn care, natural pest control and even rain gardens.
Seattle and King County celebrate 'Food Day'
In honor of Food Day – Oct. 24 – Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and King County Executive Dow Constantine have issued a joint proclamation recognizing the role that a healthy, sustainable food system plays in supporting the health of our residents, fostering our local economy, and protecting and enhancing our natural resources.
King County Flood Warning Center issues Phase 3 flood alert for Snoqualmie River
The King County Flood Warning Center, which opened at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20 to monitor rising river levels, has issued a Phase 3 flood alert for the Snoqualmie River. Flooding is possible across low-lying areas of the Snoqualmie Valley.
King County Flood Warning Center opens to monitor minor flooding on Snoqualmie River
The King County Flood Warning Center opened at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20, after several hours of heavy rain brought minor flooding to the Snoqualmie River.
King County closing Flood Warning Center, but will continue to monitor river levels, weather forecasts
King County closed its flood warning center at 11:15 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20, after a full day of monitoring minor to moderate flood conditions along the Snoqualmie River.
Community meetings coming to discuss updated King County landslide hazards maps
King County and the King County Flood Control District have set a series of free community meetings in late October and early November, when interested residents can learn more about recently updated landslide hazard maps.
Wastemobile ends household hazardous waste collection season with Oct. 21-23 Bothell visit
The Wastemobile, a roving household hazardous waste collection facility, ends its 2016 schedule with a visit to Bothell, Oct. 21-23
Learn more about Cedar Hills Regional Landfill on landfill tour, at community meeting
Learn more about King County’s Cedar Hills Regional Landfill by taking a guided tour of the facility on Oct. 15, and attending a community meeting in Issaquah on Oct. 25.
Wastemobile comes to Renton Oct. 14-16 for household hazardous waste collection event
King County residents can safely and conveniently dispose of old car batteries, oil, paint thinner and many other household hazardous items at no cost when the Wastemobile comes to Renton, Oct. 14-16.
New web cameras at King County solid waste facilities let customers see average wait times
King County’s Solid Waste Division is helping customers make more informed decisions about where and when to dispose of their waste and recycling. With the installation of new web cameras, customers will be able to view the line of vehicles waiting to enter six of the division’s busiest transfer stations.
Community meeting Oct. 13 on Bear Creek Watershed Stormwater Plan
Join the discussion at an Oct. 13 community meeting at Woodinville City Hall on how to manage stormwater in the Bear Creek Watershed to protect water quality and public health and how it will impact you and where you live.
White Center bike playground offers place where safe-riding skills can be honed
A partnership between King County Parks and Cascade Bicycle Club has created the state’s first bike playground – a place where riders of all abilities can safely learn how to ride.
King County leaders urge flood preparedness with forecast of ‘La Nada’ weather pattern
With climate scientists citing a likely “La Nada” winter weather pattern that can increase the chance of extreme storms, King County government leaders urged residents to prepare now for potential flood emergencies in the months ahead. King County and the King County Flood Control District proclaimed October as Flood Awareness Month.
For questions about DNRP news releases, please contact Logan Harris, Communications Manager, Department of Natural Resources and Parks.