Natural Resources and Parks
King County Community Service Area program town hall comes to Vashon, April 28
The King County Service Area program is sponsoring an open house on Vashon-Maury Island April 28, when residents can meet with County officials and ask questions about projects and programs.
Amid critically low snowpacks, King County offers advice on protecting homes from wildfire
Residents in rural and wooded areas of King County can learn how to make their homes safer from wildfire and their communities more resilient in the face of disasters of any kind at a May 7 Firewise Leadership Conference in Carnation.
DNRP 2014 annual report now available - ‘Environmental Stewardship in King County’
The King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks' 2014 annual report, 'Environmental Stewardship in King County' is now available, and features highlights of the organization's work to protect and enhance the county's high quality of life.
King County ‘Best Workplaces for Waste Prevention and Recycling’ list seeks nominees
King County’s annual Best Workplaces for Waste Prevention and Recycling list recognizes businesses in King County that are doing a great job of preventing waste and promoting recycling - and nominations are now being accepted for recognition in 2015.
King County Community Service Area town hall April 23 for North Highline/White Center
Join King County representatives at a Town Hall Thursday, April 23 in White Center.
King County Community Service Area town hall for Snoqualmie Valley April 21 in Fall City
Join King County Council member Kathy Lambert, Sheriff John Urquhart and Executive Chief of Operations Rhonda Berry along with other King County representatives at a town hall-style open house, April 21 in Fall City.
'Easy Being Green' contest: Snap a photo of a green action for chance to win concert tickets
Even small green actions can lead to big changes - and King County’s “Easy Being Green” campaign is asking residents to send in photographs of simple earth-friendly lifestyle actions for the chance to win Marymoor Concert tickets.
GoGreen Conference, April 30 in Seattle, features call to action
King County Executive Dow Constantine kicks off the 2015 GoGreen Conference on April 30 by talking with Washington business leaders who are committed to combating climate change.
Wastemobile - Household hazardous waste collection comes to Des Moines, April 24-26
De-clutter your home while helping protect the environment at the same time by safely disposing of many household hazardous materials at the Wastemobile, which visits Des Moines, April 24-26.
Learn about rebates for rain gardens and cisterns at a free ‘Meet the Contractor’ event in West Seattle, April 11
The public is invited to a free “Meet the Contractor” event in West Seattle on Saturday, April 11, to learn about the financial and environmental perks of a professionally-installed rain garden or cistern through the RainWise Program. RainWise is a joint effort by King County and the City of Seattle to fight water pollution, and eligible property owners may receive rebates to cover up to 100 percent of their project costs.
King County Community Service Area program hosts spring town hall meetings
Unincorporated King County residents can meet with County officials, ask questions, and learn about community grant opportunities, at a series of town hall open houses that are scheduled over the next three months. The first open house is Monday, April 13 in the Bear Creek/Sammamish area.
Send your favorite Snoqualmie Valley photo for ‘Focus on the Snoqualmie’ photo contest
Share with the world your best photograph of the beautiful Snoqualmie Valley in a contest sponsored by the Snoqualmie Watershed Forum, with the winning entries featured in a poster that promotes the watershed.
King County urges landowners to watch for deadly noxious weeds this spring
Springtime is when dangerous and potentially deadly noxious weeds begin to sprout and bloom across the Pacific Northwest, and the King County Noxious Weed Program encourages everyone to be aware of these dangerous invaders.
Wastemobile: Household hazardous waste collection comes to Vashon, April 17-19
The Wastemobile travels to Vashon Island, April 17-19, to collect household hazardous waste items, including pesticides, oil-based paints, automotive products, fluorescent bulbs/tubes and other items without a charge.
To reduce vandalism and increase emergency access at Discovery Park, parking will be strictly enforced
In response to community members, King County and the City of Seattle will step up parking enforcement at Discovery Park beginning April 6 to help prevent vandalism and ensure emergency access.
Registration now open for 2015 Brightwater summer camps
King County has partnered with the nonprofit organizations IslandWood and Friends of the Hidden River to offer summer day camp programs at Brightwater Center for elementary and junior high school students.
King County launches online forum to gather public input on climate action
King County Executive Dow Constantine is asking for your thoughts about climate change and how local government can best confront this issue that has such far-reaching impacts.
Heavy rainstorm leads to overflow at Sweyolocken Pump Station in Bellevue
A strong rainstorm caused a mechanical issue Sunday evening at a King County wastewater pump station in Bellevue, resulting in a 21-minute overflow into Lake Washington.
Wastemobile visits Vashon for free household hazardous waste disposal, April 18-20
Safely dispose of old car batteries, oil, paint thinner and many other household hazardous items at no cost when the Wastemobile makes a stop in Vashon, April 18-20.
The height of summertime fun can be found at King County Parks – Your Big Backyard
King County Parks - Your Big Backyard - offers more than 200 parks and 26,000 acres of parks and natural lands, including such regional treasures as Marymoor Park and Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park, 175 miles of regional trails and a world-class aquatic center. By cultivating strong relationships with non-profit, corporate and community partners, King County Parks enhances park amenities while reducing costs.
Debris blocks sewer line, causes brief overflow in south Seattle
Clean-up completed, system operating normally
Vandals cause unsafe conditions, force White Center SW 98th Street Corridor closure
A recently completed pedestrian corridor connecting new homes and a growing commercial area in the White Center neighborhood has been so badly vandalized that King County must close it for safety reasons.
Stretch your food budget by growing veggies in one of King County’s popular garden plots
Save money on fresh produce, provide a bounty of healthy food for the dinner table and get in some gentle exercise and by growing your own vegetables in one of King County Parks’ community garden plots.
Carbon sequestration project needs help with tree planting, Jan. 30 at Island Center Forest
A cutting-edge experiment to determine the value of compost and other organic matter in improving carbon-sequestration in soils is under way on Vashon Island, and volunteers are needed to help move this effort ahead.
For questions about DNRP news releases, please contact Logan Harris, Communications Manager, Department of Natural Resources and Parks.