Natural Resources and Parks
West Point Treatment Plant restoration update for Friday, Feb. 24, 2017
Progress continues to be made 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. Weather forecasts are calling for only light precipitation over the next several days, and emergency bypasses of highly diluted stormwater and wastewater from the plant are unlikely.
Wastemobile household hazardous waste collection season is underway, with first stop in Bothell, Feb. 24-26
Bothell-area residents can safely dispose of old car batteries, oil, paint thinner and many other household hazardous items at no cost as the Wastemobile kicks off its 2017 season in Bothell, Feb. 24-26.
West Point Treatment Plant restoration update for Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017
The work to restore full operations at the West Point Treatment Plant continues at maximum staffing levels around the clock. Light precipitation expected over the next several days suggests no emergency bypasses of stormwater and wastewater will be necessary from the treatment plant in the near term.
Algona location picked for recycling and transfer station to replace aging facility
A new recycling and transfer station for south King County customers will be built on land adjacent the 50-year-old Algona Transfer Station and offer a wide range of recycling and disposal services that the old facility can’t provide.
Executive announces 52 grants for community projects in unincorporated King County
Movie and music nights, youth activities, tool libraries, food banks and neighborhood safety events are among the 52 community projects that will be funded through Community Service Area grants announced by King County Executive Dow Constantine.
West Point Treatment Plant restoration update for Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017
Workers continue to make steady progress in restoring full operations at the West Point Treatment Plant – and a favorable weather forecast for only light showers through the end of the week means there should be no need for additional emergency bypasses during that time from the treatment plant.
West Point Treatment Plant restoration update for Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017
Thanks to favorable water quality tests, two Seattle beaches that had been closed to the public following emergency bypasses of stormwater and wastewater from the West Point Treatment Plant earlier this month are now open. The forecast for only light rain showers for the remainder of the week means there should be no need for additional emergency bypasses during that time from the treatment plant, where restoration work continues around the clock.
West Point Treatment Plant restoration update for Monday, Feb. 20, 2017
King County employees and contractors continue making progress around the clock on restoration work at the West Point Treatment Plant.
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.
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