Natural Resources and Parks
County gets the keys to Maury Island property
King County Executive Dow Constantine announced today the successful completion of the purchase of the sand and gravel site on Maury Island, ending 13 years of efforts to expand the mine.
King County offers helpful tips for Christmas tree recycling
Let the King County Solid Waste Division help you solve the post-Christmas dilemma of what to do with your old Christmas tree.
Full access to Houghton Transfer Station resumes Jan. 24 after extensive upgrades
The major improvements to King County’s Houghton Transfer Station in Kirkland are nearing completion, and access to the facility by all customers will be fully restored on Monday, Jan. 24.
County recommends project proposal to protect water quality in Magnolia
A project to control combined sewer overflows (CSOs) and improve water quality in Puget Sound near Seattle’s Smith Cove Park will move into environmental review under a proposal recommended by King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks Director Christie True.
King County picked to road test national sustainable community rating system
ICLEI USA today announced King County as one of nine communities nationally that will help finalize and road test an innovative new sustainability rating system and performance management tool.
Sammamish kokanee recovery continues as King County, partners work to build fish runs
The declining population of Lake Sammamish kokanee salmon is getting a boost this season as King County and local, state and federal partners step up their coordinated effort to restore the imperiled fish.
King County Flood Warning Center closing as river flows continue to drop
The King County Flood Warning Center is planning to close at 11 p.m. Monday evening, as flows continue to drop on all river systems, including the Green River.
Howard Hanson Dam water releases bring Green River to Phase III Flood Alert
Water releases from a flood-control dam in the upper Green River watershed have brought increased flows downstream and bring moderate flooding in the middle reach of the Green above Auburn this morning.
Minor flooding expected along middle Green River as King County continues flood response
Planned water releases from a flood-control dam in the upper Green River watershed will lead to increased flows downstream – including some minor flooding in the middle reach of the Green above Auburn Sunday evening. Meanwhile, the Tolt River has reached a Phase IV flood alert level, with major flooding possible in the Carnation area.
Snoqualmie River rises to Phase III flood alert level as rain continues to pound King County
The Snoqualmie River has joined the Tolt River at the Phase III flood alert level and could also experience moderate flooding, as heavy rain from the “Pineapple Express” continues to pour into the region. The King County Flood Warning Center has been open since 2:15 a.m. Sunday to closely to monitor conditions.
Rain pushes Tolt River to Phase III flood alert level, Snoqualmie River rises to Phase II
Swollen by heavy rain, the Tolt River has climbed to a Phase III flood alert level, with moderate flooding expected along that river. The Snoqualmie River has risen to a Phase II flood alert level and minor flooding could result, as the King County Flood Warning Center continues to closely monitor rivers for high flows Sunday morning.
King County opens Flood Warning Center as heavy rain brings flood flows to Tolt River
King County opened its Flood Warning Center early Sunday morning as the much-anticipated Pineapple Express brought drenching rain that has river levels on the rise across the region, including the Tolt River, which has surpassed a Phase II flood alert level.
King County responds to wastewater system issues following weekend storm
Employees with King County’s Wastewater Treatment Division are working around the clock to restore normal operation at facilities that were impacted by a “Pineapple Express” storm that slammed the region this weekend.
King County wastewater facilities resuming normal operation after storm
King County's wastewater treatment system is again resuming normal operation after a severe storm brought heavy rains and high flows that overwhelmed portions of the regional sewer system.
Crews respond quickly to storm-related overflow at Medina Pump Station
Employees with King County’s Wastewater Treatment Division responded quickly to a sewer overflow that began around 1 a.m. Sunday at the Medina Pump Station.
King County prepared for wet weather, urges citizens to get ready, stay ready
With storm season well under way and with the National Weather Service forecasting heavy rainfall for later this weekend, King County’s Flood Warning Center is prepared to provide citizens and property owners with accurate and timely river flooding information.
County identifies alternatives to control combined sewer overflows in West Seattle
After receiving a great deal of community input and reviewing several options for each location, projects that will help protect public health and water quality near two popular West Seattle recreation areas will move forward for further environmental review.
Shop King County Parks this holiday season and support your community
Holiday gift giving that is easy, convenient and that comes with a heaping helping of satisfaction because you’re supporting King County Parks is just a few keyboard strokes away at Parks’ online store.
‘Tis the season to buy local: Puget Sound Fresh farmers offer holiday trees, greens
Buying locally grown Christmas trees from participating Puget Sound Fresh farmers this season not only ensures finding the best and freshest trees available, but gives you something more in return: Sustainable support for King County farmers.
King County flood preparedness videos available in multiple languages
Flooding affects King County residents every year, including those who may have limited English skills.