Natural Resources and Parks
King County Youth Sports Facilities grants help build skate parks, ball fields, other projects
Whether it’s a new skate park in Covington or a sports field renovation in Bothell, King County’s Youth Sports Facilities Grant Fund (YSFG) Program has helped build or renovate hundreds of public sports amenities at minimal taxpayer expense.
Public open house and comment period set for Algona Transfer Station replacement proposal
King County has released a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for a new South County Recycling and Transfer Station to replace the 50-plus-year-old Algona Transfer Station.
King County to invest $196.8 million in clean-water projects in 2016
King County’s clean-water utility has budgeted $196.8 million in 2016 for vital infrastructure projects that will protect water quality, support regional environmental goals and sustain vibrant economic growth. Priorities include upgrading aging facilities, planning for growth, controlling overflows of stormwater and sewage during heavy rains, and supporting the cleanup of Puget Sound and the Lower Duwamish Waterway.
Seattle-area watershed partners celebrate 10 years of salmon recovery efforts, plan for the next decade
Discussions at the 2016 Salmon Summit focus on how to increase chinook salmon populations in Lake Washington, Lake Sammamish and the Cedar River
King County bond refinancing saves $65 million for sewer utility ratepayers
Solid credit ratings and favorable financial market conditions continue to benefit ratepayers served by King County’s Wastewater Treatment Division. On Monday, a bond refinancing of $281.5 will yield about $65 million in savings over the next 25 years.
Power outage causes brief pump station overflow in South Seattle
A power outage that affected 7,000 homes and businesses in South Seattle on Saturday night led to a sewage overflow at King County's South Henderson Pump Station. King County reported the overflow to health and regulatory agencies and will monitor water quality in Lake Washington near Beer Sheva Park for the next several days.
King County Flood Warning Center opens to monitor minor flooding on Snoqualmie River
The King County Flood Warning Center opened at 8:45 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 28, after heavy rainfall brought the Snoqualmie River up to a Phase 2 flood alert level.
Heavy rain brings Snoqualmie River up to Phase 3 flood alert level, with widespread Valley flooding
The King County Flood Warning Center, which opened at 8:45 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 28 to monitor rising rivers, has issued a Phase 3 flood alert for the Snoqualmie River, with the potential for widespread flooding in much of the Snoqualmie Valley.
Tolt River joins Snoqualmie River at minor flood phase; King County Flood Warning Center monitoring flows
The King County Flood Warning Center has issued a Phase 2 flood alert for the rain-swollen Tolt River, where minor flooding could occur. The Flood Warning Center opened at 8:45 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 28 as heavy rainfall brought sharp rises to river levels this morning.
'Don’t Drip and Drive’ campaign wins National Environmental Achievement Award
King and Pierce counties have won the National Association of Clean Water Agencies’ (NACWA) National Environmental Achievement Award for Excellence in Public Information and Education with their jointly-managed “Don’t Drip and Drive” campaign.
Free outreach program teaches about food waste prevention and curbside composting
Learn which materials are accepted in curbside composting and recycling, and how to keep edible food from going to waste, with the King County Master Recycler Composter (MRC) volunteer training in Kent.
King County’s soon-to-come environmental research vessel has a name: ‘SoundGuardian’
The voters have spoken, selecting “SoundGuardian” as the official moniker of King County’s new twin-hulled research boat that will begin operating in June. The SoundGuardian will aid the work of County field scientists who monitor regional water quality and respond to environmental emergencies, and replace an aging vessel in service since the 1970s.
Reminder: Jan. 28 open house for Dockton Forest mountain bike trail project plans
Building on community input and dialogue gathered during two earlier public meetings, King County Parks and the Vashon Mountain Bike Association (VMBA) are ready to present their final recommendations for new trails in Dockton Forest.
Crews work to repair sewer line leak in West Seattle
King County utility crews are working Friday morning to repair a small sewer line leak detected last night near the Alki Lighthouse in West Seattle. The County reported the leak to health and regulatory agencies and posted signs warning people to avoid affected areas along Beach Drive Southwest.
Heavy rains cause manhole overflow in Bothell
Crews with King County’s Wastewater Treatment Division responded Thursday afternoon to a wastewater overflow from a manhole on the North Creek Interceptor, a major regional sewer line serving the Bothell area since 1970. A project that is now underway to add more capacity in the line is scheduled for completion in fall 2016.
Nominations sought for King County’s Earth Heroes at School awards program
King County is seeking nominations for the Earth Heroes at School program which recognizes students, teachers, staff, school volunteers, programs and even entire schools that are doing the important work of protecting the environment and teaching others to do the same.
Peace Lutheran Church celebrating new RainWise garden and cistern installations on Jan. 23
Peace Lutheran Church in West Seattle is celebrating its new cisterns and rain garden installations during a ribbon cutting ceremony on Jan. 23 at 10 a.m. Neighbors and members of other community establishments are invited to celebrate and learn more about the RainWise Program.
Runoff vote on research vessel open through Jan. 19
King County is hosting a final runoff vote in its “Name the Vessel” contest through noon on Jan. 19. The contest is open to new and previous voters, who will be able to choose the winner from the top two finalists.
Shake off short-day blues and banish winter boredom at Brightwater Center events
King County, Snohomish County District and IslandWood will host a series of winter workshops and fun educational activities for the whole family at Brightwater Center through March. Take a treatment plant tour, learn about a bug’s life, and prepare your garden for a lush, chemical-free summer with natural yard care tips.
King County approves recycling facilities ahead of construction and demolition disposal ban
Taking another step toward reducing waste, King County is increasing the number of private businesses that can take readily recyclable construction and demolition (C&D) material.
Active flood season contributes to delay in vital flood-repair project along Snoqualmie River
Persistent Snoqualmie River flooding this fall has slowed work to repair a damaged flood-protection structure along the river and pushed back completion of the Sinnema Quaale Upper Revetment project. The delay in completing the project means King County’s Snoqualmie Valley Trail near the construction site won’t be open for use until February of next year.
Green your holiday season with King County
As we celebrate the winter holidays this year, we can also celebrate the new regional and global commitment to climate change action and awareness with fun and money-saving resources from King County’s Green Holidays program.
Heavy rain leads to manhole overflow in Bothell
Heavy, persistent rainfall led to a manhole overflow on a King County wastewater pipeline in Bothell on Saturday, Dec. 12.
King County closing Flood Warning Center, but will continue to monitor river levels, weather forecasts
The King County Flood Warning Center will close at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 10, following more than 50 hours of continuous operation in response to significant and widespread flooding.
Heavy rains lead to manhole overflow in Bothell
A series of strong storms that brought heavy rainfall and flooding to the region led to a manhole overflow on a King County wastewater pipeline in Bothell last night. The overflow was reported to health and regulatory agencies, and King County will monitor water quality in nearby North Creek over the next several days.
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