Natural Resources and Parks
King County achieves highest rating for new green bond program
A longstanding commitment to environmental sustainability has helped King County achieve the highest rating offered by rating for a new green bond program from an internationally recognized leader in green bond ratings. The County’s first sale of dark green bonds begins this week.
Bear Creek/Sammamish Community Service Area open house June 5 in Woodinville
The King County Community Service Area Program is sponsoring an open house meeting in Woodinville on Monday, June 5, when residents of unincorporated areas in northern King County can meet with County officials and talk about issues affecting their communities.
King County hosting June 7 meetings on use of large wood in river projects
Learn about upcoming King County projects that involve placing large wood in rivers or streams at public meetings scheduled for June 7 on Mercer Island.
Wastemobile household hazardous waste collection comes to Enumclaw, June 2-4
Visit the Wastemobile website for details about acceptable materials and amounts, plus upcoming collection events and convenient, permanent disposal sites
As weather warms, King County officials urge caution around cold rivers, lakes, Puget Sound
Sunshine and warmer temperatures are expected this weekend, and King County officials are reminding everyone to use caution around waterbodies that remain extremely cold this time of year, including lakes, rivers and Puget Sound.
West Point repair costs fall below insurance coverage limits; work to be complete in 2017
Costs to repair damage incurred by flooding inside King County’s West Point Treatment Plant are expected to be covered by insurance, with full restoration work scheduled for completion by the end of 2017. A cost estimate prepared by engineering firm CH2M, which puts total restoration costs at $49 to $57 million, includes risk allowances related to unknown equipment replacement costs and other factors.
‘Puget Sound Starts Here Day’ with the Seattle Mariners set for Sunday, May 21
Join Bert the Salmon and rest of the clean water team at “Puget Sound Starts Here Day” with the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on Sunday, May 21.
First Tech Movies@Marymoor summer lineup offers great big-screen flicks, fun activities
The First Tech Movies@Marymoor, presented by Overlake Medical Clinics, kicks off its 13th season of weekly summertime movies at King County’s Marymoor Park on July 5.
WaterWorks Grant informational workshops set for May 19, 22, 23 & 24
King County will host four informational workshops to answer questions about its WaterWorks Grant Program and the application process. The workshops will take place in Seattle on May 19 and May 22, in Bellevue on May 23, and in Tukwila on May 24.
Partnership celebrates decade of work to restore Sammamish watershed kokanee salmon
Lake Sammamish kokanee salmon restoration partners were joined today in the Sammamish watershed by the head of Trout Unlimited, elementary school students and Girl and Boy Scouts to learn about this unique species, and what it will take to prevent its extinction.
Help King County Parks reduce congestion at trailheads by taking online survey
King County Parks and King County Metro have developed three new concepts for reducing congestion at some of the busiest backcountry trail access parking lots along the I-90 corridor. An online survey to gauge trail visitors’ interests in the concepts includes an opportunity to win free tickets to a summertime concert at Marymoor Park.
West Point Treatment Plant resumes full compliance with environmental permits
King County’s West Point Treatment plant resumed compliance with its state and federal environmental permits earlier this week, with effluent discharges to Puget Sound meeting or surpassing strict standards for pollutant removal. Plans are underway to replace temporary equipment and complete long-term repairs by the end of 2017.
Southeast King County Community Service Area open house set for May 22 in Enumclaw
The King County Community Service Area Program is sponsoring an open house meeting in Enumclaw on Monday, May 22, when residents of unincorporated areas in southeast King County can meet with County officials and talk about issues affecting their communities.
Mother's Day weekend auto leak check event
A Don’t Drip and Drive event on Saturday, May 13, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., at South Seattle College, includes a free, 30-minute leak and safety check with certified mechanics who can offer advice in Spanish or English.
Wastemobile household hazardous waste collection comes to Kirkland, May 19-21
Safely dispose of your old car batteries, oil, paint thinner and many other household hazardous items at no cost when the Wastemobile visits Kirkland, May 19-21.
King County closing Flood Warning Center, but will continue to monitor river levels
With rain diminishing and upper Snoqualmie River receding, the King County Flood Warning Center closed early Friday evening after an unusual May opening attributed to a combination of heavy rain and snowmelt from warm temperatures.
King County Flood Warning Center opens to monitor minor flooding on Snoqualmie River
The King County Flood Warning Center opened at 1:30 a.m. on Friday, May 5, after heavy rainfall brought the Snoqualmie River up to a Phase 2 flood alert level.
Got a green thumb? King County Parks offers sunny garden plots along Green River
Rent your very own garden plot from King County Parks this year, and enjoy months of fresh and healthy fruits and vegetables.
Greater Maple Valley-Cedar River Community Service Area open house set for May 15
The King County Community Service Area Program is sponsoring an open house meeting in Hobart on Monday, May 15, when residents of the Maple Valley-Cedar River unincorporated area can meet with County officials and talk about issues affecting their communities.
Online open house now available for design of King County’s Green to Cedar Rivers Trail
King County Parks is asking residents to answer a few short questions about initial design options for the 3-mile-long north segment of the Green to Cedar Rivers Trail. The survey is open through May 11.
Wastemobile household hazardous waste collection comes to Bothell, May 12-14
Safely dispose of your old car batteries, oil, paint thinner and many other household hazardous items at no cost when the Wastemobile visits Bothell, May 12-14.
Upcoming ‘Don’t Drip and Drive’ auto care workshops include Spanish-language sessions
Car leaks are a leading source of pollution. “Don’t Drip and Drive” offers free care-care workshops with bilingual certified automotive instructors, and online information and savings on services to end leaks and help keep our environment clean.
Los próximos talleres educativos de cuidado automotriz del programa 'Si gotea, no maneje' incluyen sesiones en español
Las fugas de los coches son una de las principales fuentes de contaminación. “Si gotea, no maneje” ofrece talleres educativos gratuitos de cuidado automotriz con instructores automotrices bilingües certificados, e información en línea, así como ahorros en servicios para deshacerse de las fugas y ayudar a mantener limpio nuestro medio ambiente.
All systems go at West Point Treatment Plant as essential repairs completed
King County’s West Point Treatment Plant is back online following successful restoration of critical mechanical and electrical systems that were damaged by severe flooding on Feb. 9. The plant’s secondary treatment system is now treating 100 percent of the wastewater entering the plant as plans for longer-term repairs get underway this spring.
King County seeking applicants for Rural Forest Commission positions
There are two vacancies on the King County Rural Forest Commission – an important advisory body that recommends strategies to help conserve forestlands, promote forestry, and ensure effective management of County-owned forestlands.
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