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From spikes to bikes: King County begins trail work on Eastside Rail Corridor in Renton
At a ceremonial spike-pulling event Tuesday, King County and its partners celebrated the start of rail removal on two sections of the Eastside Rail Corridor and, more importantly, five miles of new public trail expected to open by the end of the year.
13 projects get salmon restoration funding in Snoqualmie, S. Fork Skykomish watersheds
Thirteen projects that support salmon recovery in the Snoqualmie and South Fork Skykomish watersheds have been awarded $872,286 in Cooperative Watershed Management grants.
Convenient Trailhead Direct service wraps up successful first season Oct. 14-15
The final weekend of convenient transit van service to Issaquah Alps trailheads is here, and the two King County agencies that launched Trailhead Direct say the service will return next spring – possibly with serving more trailheads along the I-90 corridor.
1 Million Trees: King County gets growing with tree-planting event at Marymoor Park
Through the 1 Million Trees initiative, King County and its partners are encouraging residents to sign up for a series of upcoming tree-planting events and contribute to efforts to confront carbon pollution and improve communities. The initiative aims to plant a million trees in the county by the end of 2020.
King County officials urge preparedness as ‘La Niña’ forecast could amplify river flooding
Images of people as they are rescued from homes and cars inundated by rising floodwaters in Texas, Puerto Rico and elsewhere underscore why preparation and awareness of flood hazards are so important. And with climate scientists calling for a “La Niña” winter weather pattern to soak the Pacific Northwest, King County and the King County Flood Control District proclaimed October as Flood Awareness Month.
Wastemobile ends 2017 household hazardous waste collection season in Bothell, Oct. 20-22
Safely dispose of your old car batteries, oil, paint thinner and many other household hazardous items at no cost when the Wastemobile visits Bothell, Oct. 20-22. This is the Wastemobile’s final collection event of 2017.
Seventh-annual ‘I Love the Cedar River’ community meeting set for Oct. 19
King County, the King County Flood Control District and the Cedar River Council are co-hosting the seventh-annual public meeting about the Cedar River from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19, at the Lake Wilderness Lodge in Maple Valley.
Seattle City Light grant will ‘solar energize’ Steve Cox Memorial Park Community Center
On National Energy Efficiency Day, King County is celebrating a $120,000 Green Up grant from Seattle City Light that will help bring 206 solar panels to the Steve Cox Memorial Park Community Center roof and help the historic King County Parks facility in diverse White Center achieve zero-net electricity status.
Bond rating boost, refinancing saves $41.2 million for King County sewer utility ratepayers
Long-term investments in vital clean-water infrastructure will now come with a lower cost for King County sewer utility ratepayers. A credit rating upgrade ahead of a $154.6 million bond refinancing will bring $41.2 million in savings over the next 17 years.
New trailhead in the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River Valley provides recreation access
A new trailhead built through a King County Parks partnership means better public recreation access to miles of public lands in the beautiful Middle Fork Snoqualmie River Valley.
Following public input, King County proceeds with modified Island Center Forest deer hunt
With significant input from the community and to ensure public safety, King County Parks will limit deer hunting in Island Center Forest on Vashon Island to the latter-half of October, during which time no other access of the designated forestland will be allowed.
Wastemobile household hazardous waste collection comes to Renton, Oct. 13-15
Safely dispose of your old car batteries, oil, paint thinner and many other household hazardous items at no cost when the Wastemobile visits Renton, Oct. 13-15.
Grants help salmon habitat work, programs in Lake Washington-Cedar-Sammamish watershed
More than $2.3 million in grant funding from the King County Flood Control District will help protect and restore habitat in the greater Lake Washington watershed, where efforts continue to restore depleted salmon populations.
Wastemobile household hazardous waste collection comes to Redmond, Oct. 6-8
Safely dispose of your old car batteries, oil, paint thinner and many other household hazardous items at no cost when the Wastemobile visits Redmond, Oct. 6-8.
New waste acceptance rules at county recycling and transfer stations take effect Sept. 14
New waste acceptance rules at King County recycling and transfer stations are now in effect, and customers are encouraged to take advantage of County services to properly dispose of potentially hazardous waste, such as compressed gas tanks, fluorescent light ballasts, and medical sharps.
Wastemobile household hazardous waste collection comes to Burien, Sept. 22-24
Safely dispose of your old car batteries, oil, paint thinner and many other household hazardous items at no cost when the Wastemobile visits Burien, Sept. 22-24.
Improvements, upgrades strengthen West Point Treatment Plant operations
King County continues making substantial progress on upgrades and improvements at West Point Treatment Plant, with all remaining repairs scheduled for completion by the end of 2017 at a substantially lower cost than originally projected. The plant has been fully operational and treating wastewater to required levels since May 12 following an early February equipment failure and flood. Insurance will cover repair costs minus a $250,000 deductible.
Apostolic Faith Church is going RainWise, encourages others to do the same at Sept. 24 event
Celebrate community and clean water at a public rain garden celebration sponsored by the RainWise Program and hosted at Apostolic Faith Church in Seattle on Sunday, Sept. 24, at 12:30 p.m.
‘Salmon SEEson’ returns: Spot fish coming home to King County rivers, streams
Several Pacific salmon species have begun returning from the open ocean to streams across King County to spawn - and the 'Salmon SEEson' program offers tips about the best locations to see and learn about these amazing icons of the Pacific Northwest.
King County seeks public comment on continued Island Center Forest deer hunt
King County Parks wants to hear from the community about continuing a limited deer-hunting season at Island Center Forest on Vashon Island, where the roughly two-week-long seasons have occurred for each of the past six years.
King County Executive announces new grant opportunities for unincorporated area projects
A seventh year of grant funding for projects benefiting unincorporated King County residents was announced today by Executive Dow Constantine, who praised the energy and creativity of local communities.
No access at Moss Lake Natural Area for culvert removal work, Sept. 11-29
A project to replace an undersized culvert along a creek at King County’s Moss Lake Natural Area will require closing the area to visitors for the latter half of September.
Wastemobile household hazardous waste collection comes to Bothell, Sept. 15-17
Safely dispose of your old car batteries, oil, paint thinner and many other household hazardous items at no cost when the Wastemobile visits Bothell, Sept. 15-17.
Wastemobile household hazardous waste collection comes to Covington, Sept. 8-10
Safely dispose of your old car batteries, oil, paint thinner and many other household hazardous items at no cost when the Wastemobile visits Covington, Sept. 8-10.
Washington State Supreme Court upholds award for Brightwater legal fees
The Washington State Supreme Court upheld a 2013 trial court ruling that awarded King County $14.7 million to cover legal fees stemming from a lawsuit against a Brightwater Project tunneling contractor.
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