Natural Resources and Parks
West Point Treatment Plant restoration update for Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017
King County employees and contractors continue making progress around the clock on restoration work at the West Point Treatment Plant, and no emergency bypasses of highly diluted stormwater and wastewater have occurred at the plant since early on Thursday, Feb. 16.
West Point Treatment Plant restoration update for Feb. 18, 2017
Restoration work continues around the clock at the West Point Treatment Plant, which is treating wastewater. No emergency bypasses are anticipated under current weather forecasts for the next 24 hours.
Wastewater pump station overflows in West Seattle as a result of neighborhood power outage
A King County wastewater pump station in West Seattle that was affected during a neighborhood power outage discharged combined stormwater and wastewater flows into Puget Sound for about 25 minutes late in the afternoon on Thursday, Feb. 16.
West Point Treatment Plant bypassing some flows as storm affects plant still in recovery
Heavy rains early Wednesday morning, Feb. 15, caused a partial bypass of combined wastewater and stormwater flows to Puget Sound at the West Point Treatment Plant. The plant is operating at about 50 percent capacity since a storm last week led to a power failure and flooding in portions of the facility.
King County watersheds get grant funding for salmon habitat protection, restoration work
State grant funding totaling more than $600,000 will soon be put to use in habitat restoration work benefitting imperiled salmon populations in watersheds across King County.
Crews working to resume regular operations after storm disruption at King County's West Point Treatment Plant
King County crews are working to resume normal wastewater treatment operations at the West Point Treatment Plant after an equipment failure during a heavy rainstorm led to a shutdown at the facility early on Thursday, Feb. 9.
King County Parks app pilot lets visitors ID parks and trails issues, track their resolution
King County Parks and SeeClickFix have partnered to pilot a customized online and mobile customer service tool that gives lets parks and trails visitors the ability to report issues they find during a visit to any of the County’s 200 parks and 175 miles of regional trails.
Update: King County continues work to restore operations at West Point Treatment Plant
King County has mobilized crews and equipment to respond to flooding at the West Point Treatment Plant, which experienced an equipment shutdown early on Thursday, Feb. 9. Plant managers are diverting as much flow as possible to other treatment plants in the regional system. West Point continues operating in emergency bypass mode.
Operators respond to protect West Point Treatment Plant from flooding in heavy rains, high tides
King County’s West Point Treatment Plant experienced an equipment shutdown early on Thursday, Feb. 9, while receiving maximum inflows of combined wastewater and stormwater and during very high tides that threatened to flood the treatment plant. The plant is currently operating in emergency bypass mode until the equipment can be put back into normal operation.
King County awarding up to $250,000 in grant funds for historic barn preservation
Owners of historic barns and other agriculture-related structures could be eligible to receive grant funding for projects that stabilize and extend a building’s useful life through King County’s “Barn Again” historic preservation grant program.
National recall of play-area equipment affects some King County Parks
A playground equipment manufacturer has removed play slides from five King County Parks play areas as part of a national safety recall. New slides will be installed in the park play areas within the next six months.
Bellevue and Mercer Island public meetings feature route for sewer pipeline upgrade
King County’s Wastewater Treatment Division will host two public meetings in January to share information about the route for an upgraded sewer pipeline.
Pump station overflows in West Seattle during heavy rainfall, high tide
King County crews quickly responded Jan. 18 to a wastewater treatment facility in West Seattle that flooded with stormwater and wastewater during heavy rainfall and high tides.
Brightwater Treatment System experiences brief loss of disinfection
King County quickly responded to a power outage at the Brightwater Treatment System’s disinfection facility on Monday, Jan. 16, restarting the plant's disinfection system within 15 minutes.
King County residents: Flood preparedness information now available in 21 languages
King County Flood Control District and King County have translated flood preparedness information in 21 languages to help eliminate language barriers for residents and improve community resiliency.
Crews respond to overflow at King County’s South Mercer Pump Station
King County's South Mercer Pump Station is operating normally following a mechanical failure that caused a 20-minute overflow during a power outage on Sunday, Jan. 8.
‘Don’t Drip and Drive’ free ‘No Leaks’ event Jan. 12 at Puget Sound Skills Center
A free auto leaks inspection service is hosted by the “Don’t Drip and Drive” pollution awareness campaign, Burien and the Puget Sound Skills Center Automotive Technology Program to help you spot any maintenance problems and recommend tips for maintaining your vehicle in top condition and keeping our environment clean.
King County Parks invites community members to learn about Green to Cedar Rivers Trail project
King County Parks invites community members to lend their expertise and local knowledge at a public meeting on Jan. 11 at Lake Wilderness Lodge to help shape the design of the Green to Cedar Rivers Trail – North Segment.
Learn how you can plan a beautiful, healthy yard at Brightwater Center workshops
Get started on a beautiful, healthy yard before the spring is upon us! Get ready for spring planting and summer sun at Brightwater Center with three free workshops on natural yard care and wise water use.
Historic Stewart barn and milk house in Duvall designated a King County landmark
An iconic Snoqualmie Valley barn that has stood near Duvall for nearly 90 years has been designated a historic King County Landmark.
King County Parks commemorates 25 years of serving White Center youth with teen program
King County Parks’ White Center Teen Program, which operates at the White Center Community Center in Steve Cox Memorial Park, reached its 25th anniversary in 2016, with this milestone year culminating in the program’s Aztecs U19 boys’ soccer team winning their fall league championship.
Public invited to discuss 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 Feb. 8 public meeting in Ravensdale.
1.3-mile-long East Lake Sammamish Trail segment closed for construction starting Dec. 19
Safety and accessibility upgrades are coming to a 1.3-mile-long stretch of the East Lake Sammamish Trail in Sammamish, as construction crews convert one of the last remaining portions of the old interim trail into a final master planned trail with a paved surface and other improvements.
Reminder: Solid waste fee increase Jan. 1 helps King County update facilities, add recycling
New solid waste disposal fees will take effect beginning Jan. 1, to help King County update portions of its 50-year-old solid waste system and increase recycling options. With the new fee in place, a typical curbside customer will likely see an increase of about 77 cents per month in the garbage bill from their hauler.
‘Don’t Drip and Drive’ offering free workshops to help motorists inspect, detect vehicle leaks
Free auto leaks inspection workshops are hosted by Don’t Drip and Drive and local community colleges to help you learn how to maintain your vehicle and keep our environment clean.
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