Natural Resources and Parks
King County closes Flood Warning Center as Green River flows stabilize
King County closed its Flood Warning Center at 12 noon Friday, Dec. 30, as flows stabilized on the Green River, where controlled water releases from a dam brought water levels up to a minor Phase II flood alert level.
King County opens Flood Warning Center as Green River rises from dam releases
The King County Flood Warning Center has issued a Phase II flood alert level for the Green River, where controlled water releases from a dam could result in very minor flooding along portions of the river without levees upstream of Auburn. The Flood Warning Center opened at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 29, to closely monitor conditions.
King County closes Flood Warning Center as Snoqualmie River flows recede
King County closed its Flood Warning Center at 9 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 29, following almost 24 hours of closely monitoring the Snoqualmie River, which was on the rise because of heavy rainfall in the area.
King County opens Flood Warning Center as Snoqualmie River rises from heavy rain
The King County Flood Warning Center opened at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 28 to monitor rising flows on the Snoqualmie River from heavy rainfall in the area. As of 11:30 a.m., the sum of the Snoqualmie River’s three forks was flowing at 12,010 feet per second (cfs), which is just above the 12,000 cfs threshold for a Phase II flood alert level on the Snoqualmie River. At this flow, only minor flooding can be expected, including the potential for water over Neal Road and possibly a handful of other roads in the Snoqualmie Valley.
King County offers grant funds for urban reforestation, habitat restoration projects
Restoring habitat in urban areas is what King County’s “Wild Places in City Spaces” grant program is all about. Administered by the King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks, the program provides grants up to $12,000 to volunteer organizations, community groups and government agencies for projects to reforest urban areas and restore habitat within the Urban Growth Area of King County and incorporated cities.
Reminder: New King County solid waste fees start Jan. 1 to help upgrade transfer stations
The Solid Waste Division of the King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks reminds residents that an increase in the solid waste disposal fees goes into effect Jan. 1 to help cover rising costs while modernizing a half-century-old solid waste handling system.
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 Christmas tree.
Burke-Gilman Trail from Log Boom Park to Ballinger Way opens at noon today
The major redevelopment of a 2.2-mile-long stretch of King County’s Burke-Gilman Trail through Lake Forest Park reaches a milestone today when the easternmost portion of the trail project is completed and opens for public use.
King County GIS Center marks a decade of information, education, revenue generation
On Jan. 8, 2002, the newly formed King County Geographic Information System (KCGIS) Center welcomed its first 13 students to a certified GIS training class.
Pitch for a greener holiday season
Decking the halls doesn’t have to add up to more waste this holiday season. This year, King County is teaming with the Seattle Mariners to educate residents about how to create less waste and more memories by pitching….fruitcake.
King County announces recipients of ‘Green Grants’ funding
King County’s Wastewater Treatment Division, in partnership with Seattle Public Utilities and WRIA 9, recently awarded six “Green Grants” to small-scale environmental projects that help combined sewer overflow control efforts and support cleanup goals for the Lower Duwamish.
Got ‘cow power?’ Groundbreaking kicks off green energy project near Enumclaw
King County Executive Dow Constantine today joined local dairy farmers in Enumclaw to celebrate the beginning of construction on a digester project that will transform cow manure into green energy and other valuable resources.
Visit King County Parks’ online store for great gift ideas that also support a great cause
Holiday gift shopping has never been easier when you take advantage of King County Parks’ online store to create custom holiday cards, purchase parks-themed stamps or donate to the King County Parks Legacy Fund.
Pump station glass art tower illuminates Brightwater’s environmental purpose
Workers today completed the installation of a 65-foot-tall glass tower art sculpture at the Brightwater Influent Pump Station in Bothell.
Brightwater tunneling contractors take top international industry honors
The successful completion of two exceptionally complex Brightwater conveyance tunnels has earned prestigious international honors for the contractor and King County’s project management team.
Grant deadline extended to help dry cleaners switch from harmful perchloroethylene
The Local Hazardous Waste Management Program is offering up to three separate $20,000 grants to dry cleaners in King County using perchloroethylene (PERC) to help businesses update aging machines and transition to more environmentally friendly equipment and solvents.
Help protect your pipes – and save money - by recycling used cooking oil and fats
Wondering what to do with the leftover fryer oil and kitchen grease after the big holiday feast? Don’t pour it down the drain – grease sticks to the inside of sewer pipes and can build up to such a point that it blocks the entire pipe, leading to expensive and unpleasant clean-ups.
King County delivers early Thanksgiving with grants to youth sports providers
Matching fund grants totaling $685,185 that will help build new sports complexes, playgrounds, an equestrian center and a rowing facility
King County research of river conditions to help public safety, habitat on Tolt River
King County begins work this week to create an action plan to guide future work on the Tolt River.
How a banana peel gets recycled
The average single-family household in King County throws away a whopping 45 pounds of food scraps every month. King County Solid Waste Division (SWD) wants you to know that food scrap recycling can reduce the amount of waste going into Cedar Hills Regional Landfill by more than 20 percent.