Natural Resources and Parks
Frog Holler Community Forest dedication, volunteer event April 1
Join King County Parks and Vashon-Maury Island residents April 1 for a dedication ceremony and volunteer habitat restoration work party at Frog Holler Community Forest – Vashon’s newest protected public forestland.
West Point Treatment Plant restoration update for Thursday, March 23, 2017
Steady progress continues to be made toward restoring full wastewater treatment capabilities by the end of April at the King County West Point Treatment Plant.
Pacific Park along White River in Pacific opens in early April with seasonal flood barrier removal
As the region transitions from winter’s heightened threat of flooding to milder spring weather, the temporary flood protection barrier in Pacific Park along the White River will soon come down.
Vegetation management underway to help strengthen King County forests
Crews are working on more than 300 acres of King County forestland to help strengthen stands of young conifer trees.
Wastemobile household hazardous waste collection comes to Redmond, March 31 - April 2
Safely dispose of your old car batteries, oil, paint thinner and many other household hazardous items at no cost when the Wastemobile visits Redmond, March 31 – April 2.
Celebrate Hamm Creek restoration progress with a tree planting & work party, March 25
Support a community-led forest and wetland restoration project near the Duwamish River at a tree planting and work party event set for Saturday, March 25, at Hamm Creek-Point Rediscovery from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The work is partially funded through King County Wastewater Treatment Division’s Waterworks Grants.
King County Green Schools Program recognizes eight schools, helps schools achieve results
The King County Green Schools Program helps schools and school districts to engage their students and employees in learning about and practicing resource conservation. The program assists schools and districts to reduce waste, increase recycling, and take other actions to conserve natural resources. More than 250 private and public schools across King County have benefited from this program.
Progress report now available: King County Parks, Trails and Open Space Replacement Levy
A new report details how King County Parks has made significant progress during the first half of its current six-year levy, which provides funds to maintain, operate, and develop local and regional parks, trails, and natural areas.
West Point Treatment Plant restoration update for Friday, March 17, 2017
Work continues around the clock to return the King County West Point Treatment Plant to full wastewater treatment capabilities by April 30.
Share your opinions on King County’s plan for stormwater runoff management
King County updates its plan to manage stormwater runoff, drainage issues and water pollution problems every year – and the public is encouraged to share their opinions on King County’s Stormwater Management Program Plan through March 31.
King County closing Flood Warning Center, but will continue to monitor river levels, weather forecasts
The rain has stopped, and rivers swollen with rainfall are slowly receding, so the King County Flood Warning Center is closing. Workers will continue to monitor stream gages and weather reports for potential flood conditions.
King County Flood Warning Center monitors minor flooding on Snoqualmie, Tolt, Green, White rivers
The King County Flood Warning Center, which opened at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 14 to monitor minor flooding on the Snoqualmie River, is now reporting minor flooding along the Tolt, Green and White rivers as well.
King County Parks’ Big Backyard 5K, June 11 in Marymoor Park, features kids’ dash and more
Join with friends, family, and fellow outdoors enthusiasts in a fun event that supports King County Parks – the Big Backyard 5K presented by Kaiser Permanente, June 11 at Marymoor Park. Sign up by March 31 to receive a special event hoodie at a reduced rate.
King County Flood Warning Center opens to monitor minor flooding on Snoqualmie River
The King County Flood Warning Center opened early Tuesday evening, March 14, to monitor minor flooding along the Snoqualmie River
Damaged clothes and linens aren’t garbage anymore
Now in its third year, the Threadcycle campaign encourages people to take their torn, ripped, or stained clothing to any of the dozens of convenient locations throughout King County, where items can be reused or recycled.
Statement on the King County Council’s motion for expert review of the West Point Treatment Plant Incident
King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks Director Christie True today issued the following statement on the County Council’s motion to initiate an independent expert review related to flooding and equipment failure that occurred at the plant on Feb. 9, 2017.
West Point Treatment Plant restoration update for Thursday, March 9, 2017
Restoration activities are continuing around the clock at the King County West Point Treatment Plant, where workers are on schedule to have full wastewater treatment capabilities back online by April 30.
Big increase in recycling at King County transfer stations, drop boxes in 2016
The King County Solid Waste Division saw a 41 percent increase in recycling volumes at its transfer facilities and drop boxes in 2016 over 2015. The increase is the result of an expansion in the types of recyclable materials accepted, additional employees available to answer customer questions about recycling, and a jump in the number of customers who brought their sorted recyclable and compostable materials to these facilities.
Progress puts West Point Treatment Plant on a path to resume normal operation April 30
King County officials today announced details of plan to restore normal operation at West Point Treatment Plant beginning April 30, as well as the intent to commission an independent review of the sewer utility’s operation and maintenance procedures. Forensic analysis pinpoints an unprecedented combination of electrical system failure and equipment malfunction as the cause of severe flooding that damaged the treatment plant during a storm in the early hours of Feb. 9.
West Point Treatment Plant restoration update for Friday, March 3, 2017
Restoration activities are continuing around the clock at the King County West Point Treatment Plant.
Wastemobile household hazardous waste collection resumes March 10-12 in Kent
Safely dispose of your old car batteries, oil, paint thinner and many other household hazardous items at no cost when the Wastemobile visits Kent, March 10-12.
West Point Treatment Plant restoration update for Thursday, March 2, 2017
Fully staffed crews continue working to restore complete wastewater treatment capacity and function at King County’s West Point Treatment Plant, where plant operators are carefully monitoring weather forecasts for rainfall totals that could exceed the plant’s reduced treatment capabilities.
West Point Treatment Plant restoration update for Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Fully staffed crews continue working to restore complete wastewater treatment capacity at King County’s West Point Treatment Plant.
West Point Treatment Plant restoration update for Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017
From electricians to engine mechanics, and cleaning specialists to engineers, dozens of people continue the around-the-clock work to safely restore King County’s West Point Treatment Plant to full wastewater treatment capacity as soon as possible.
West Point Treatment Plant restoration update for Monday, Feb. 27, 2017
The King County Council has granted the King County Wastewater Treatment Division the ability to quickly hire contractors necessary for restoration work at King County’s West Point Treatment Plant, where people are working 24 hours a day to restore the plant to full wastewater treatment capacity as soon as possible.
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