Natural Resources and Parks
King County warns of Cedar River hazards as long weekend and warmer weather approach
Several new logjams have formed along a portion of the Cedar River between Renton and Maple Valley, and King County safety officials are urging river users to avoid the area until safer conditions are present.
Wastemobile makes a household hazardous waste collection stop in Covington, June 10-12
King County residents can safely and conveniently dispose of old car batteries, oil, paint thinner and many other household hazardous items at no cost when the Wastemobile travels to Covington, June 10-12.
Rehab work done on Tokul Creek Trestle, iconic Snoqualmie Valley Trail bridge reopens
The extensive rehabilitation project on the century-old Tokul Creek Trestle has wrapped up, and one of the most-beautiful stretches of King County Parks’ Snoqualmie Valley Trail is once again open – just in time for the long Memorial Day holiday weekend.
King County Parks, Redmond, promoter work to resolve neighbors’ Marymoor concert concerns
King County Parks, the City of Redmond and concert promoter AEG Live are working together to ensure the 2016 Marymoor Park Concerts are enjoyable for concertgoers and park neighbors alike.
UW storefront studio presenting design concepts for downtown Snoqualmie, June 3
Come to a June 3 community open house in Snoqualmie to see design concepts created by University of Washington architecture students and intended to revitalize this scenic Snoqualmie Valley’s downtown core.
Wastemobile makes household hazardous waste collection stop in Enumclaw, June 3-5
Just in time for spring cleaning, the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program's Wastemobile will be in Enumclaw from June 3-5 to collect old car batteries, oil, paint thinner and many other household hazardous items.
King County hosts two meetings June 8 on using large wood in designing river projects
Learn more about upcoming and past King County projects that involve placing large wood in rivers or streams at one of two meetings scheduled for June 8 on Mercer Island.
Track cycle racing returns to Marymoor Park as velodrome is renamed to honor cycling legend Jerry Baker
The life and legacy of cycling advocate and legend Jerry Baker will be celebrated in a special ceremony before the start of the 2016 Marymoor Velodrome cycling season, June 3 at King County’s Marymoor Park.
Still time to register for seventh-annual King County Parks’ Big Backyard 5K, June 5
Join with friends, family and fellow outdoors enthusiasts in a fun event that supports King County Parks: The seventh-annual Big Backyard 5K on Sunday, June 5 at Marymoor Park.
Industrial facilities honored for environmental compliance in 2015
Commitment to business practices that support a vibrant economy while protecting regional water quality earned environmental awards for 65 local industrial facilities from King County’s Industrial Waste Program.
Register now for youth summer day camps at Brightwater Center
Registration is open for youth summer day camps taking place this July and August at King County’s Brightwater Center. Programs led by IslandWood and Friends of the Hidden River will take fun and learning outdoors, immersing campers entering grades 1-9 in nature, art and science.
CHOMP!, King County’s celebration of local food and sustainability, returns Aug. 20
Celebrate all that is fresh, delicious, local and sustainable at CHOMP!, Aug. 20 at King County’s Marymoor Park near Redmond.
First Tech Movies@Marymoor summer lineup offers great, big-screen flicks and fun activities
Have a picnic, chat with friends, play some trivia and enjoy the beauty of King County’s Marymoor Park this summer at the First Tech Movies@Marymoor, presented by Overlake Medical Clinics.
Now in season: Farmers markets are opening across King County
Farmers markets are popping up in neighborhoods across King County, and shopping at a nearby farmers market means getting the freshest produce, while supporting local agriculture.
May is ‘Puget Sound Starts Here’ month, stresses stormwater pollution prevention
May is Puget Sound Starts Here Month in Washington state, and local experts are offering a variety of tips that just about everyone can use to help prevent stormwater pollution.
With weather warming, King County officials urge caution around cold rivers, lakes, Sound
With temperatures inching toward 80 degrees this weekend, King County officials urge everyone to be careful when heading out for fun on the water.
Wastemobile makes household hazardous waste collection stop in Kirkland, May 20-22
Northeast King County residents can safely and conveniently dispose of old car batteries, oil, paint thinner and many other household hazardous items at no cost when the Wastemobile travels to Kirkland, May 20-22.
King County Parks makes progress on improving access, easing congestion, to backcountry trails
King County Parks is adding parking lot capacity and improving access to popular backcountry trails, and the agency is working with partners to address congestion at recreational sites on a wider scale.
Sewer utility survey work to occur along the Sammamish River Trail, May 2-9
Sewer utility survey work is scheduled from May 2-9 on a portion of the Sammamish River Trail in Redmond. The work will support project planning for King County’s Lake Hills/Lake Sammamish Sewer Upgrade Project.
Wastemobile makes household hazardous waste collection stop in Bothell, May 13-15
King County residents can safely and conveniently dispose of old car batteries, oil, paint thinner and many other household hazardous items at no cost when the Wastemobile travels to Bothell for its second visit of the year, May 13-15.
May is ‘Wildfire Awareness Month’ in King County
Safety experts have scheduled a free workshop on May 4, when rural homeowners can learn easy and effective tactics for reducing the risk of wildfire.
2015 DNRP annual report now available: ‘Environmental Stewardship in King County’
Learn more about how King County is responding to climate change, and protecting and enhancing the region’s natural resources and quality of life by reading the Department of Natural Resources and Parks (DNRP) 2015 annual report, "Environmental Stewardship in King County."
Partnership provides boost to kokanee salmon population in Lake Sammamish watershed
Partners working to save Lake Sammamish kokanee salmon, including King County Executive Dow Constantine, joined school children on Earth Day to release young fish into Issaquah Creek, and to reaffirm their commitment to preventing the species’ extinction.
Earth Day 2016 - Small daily actions can add up to big, earth-friendly changes
Proclaiming April 22 as “Earth Action Day” in King County, Executive Dow Constantine encourages residents to celebrate by taking up a new green lifestyle habit.
King County’s ‘Best Workplaces for Waste Prevention and Recycling’ list enters 10th year
Businesses can apply regardless of size or sector. Last year, the list included businesses ranging from airlines to elementary schools and community hospitals to pizzerias.
For questions about DNRP news releases, please contact Logan Harris, Communications Manager, Department of Natural Resources and Parks.