Natural Resources and Parks
City of Seattle, King County selected as pilot STAR communities
The work of the City of Seattle and King County to make their operations more sustainable and help residents reduce their environmental impact has caught the attention of STAR Community Rating System.
Turn your Christmas tree into evergreen habitat with King County Parks and Swansons Nursery
This year, add a great, green twist to your family's holiday traditions by turning your Christmas tree into evergreen habitat for fish and wildlife on King County Parks land.
King County presents flood risk reduction strategies at December public meetings
King County has scheduled public meetings in Carnation, Renton and Auburn in early December to meet with residents and talk about strategies for reducing flood risks and protecting people, businesses and the County's economic infrastructure.
Citizen task force recommends continued levy support of King County parks, trails, open space
A diverse group of King County citizens has unanimously recommended continued funding for and strategic investments in the County's extensive system of parks, trails and open space.
Fall City Elementary families help King County learn lessons in reducing holiday food waste
The holidays are here, ushering in loads of good cheer, but also loads of food waste -- from Thanksgiving leftovers to holiday baked goods.
King County’s clean-water utility hosts gardening events, Nov. 29 & Dec. 15
Get tips on gardening with recycled materials and share your thoughts about the future of King County’s Loop biosolids at two upcoming events.
King County Community Service Area program hosts December open house series
Residents of unincorporated King County can meet with County officials and their Community Service Area (CSA) program representatives during a series of open houses, scheduled for December.
Save your pipes after the feast by taking used cooking oil to a recycling facility in King County
Making plans for holiday dinners should include having a plan for dealing with the leftover cooking oil and kitchen grease. Pouring it down the drain will clog pipes and cause costly headaches.
Utility crews respond to Bothell manhole overflow
Record rains caused two manholes to overflow in a residential neighborhood east of Thrasher’s Corner in Bothell late Monday evening.
King County opens Flood Warning Center as heavy rain lifts flows on Snoqualmie River
The King County Flood Warning Center opened at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 19, after persistent heavy rainfall for much of the day brought the Snoqualmie River up to a Phase II flood alert level. Only minor flooding is expected.
Utility crews respond to wastewater overflow in Seattle’s Meadowbrook Park
King County wastewater utility crews responded quickly to a brief sewage overflow discovered early Monday afternoon in Seattle’s Meadowbrook Park.
King County closes Flood Warning Center as rainfall eases and rivers begin to drop
The King County Flood Warning Center closed at 10:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 19, following a brief, four-hour opening to monitor minor flooding conditions on the Snoqualmie River.
King County improving communities through grants to youth sports providers
Matching fund grants totaling $530,075 to help build new sports complexes, playgrounds, a skate park and a rowing facility - all targeted toward youth in communities across King County - were announced today by Executive Dow Constantine.
King County Executive seeks to formalize long-term pollution control plan
A long-term pollution control plan will meet state and federal standards by 2030 under King County Executive Dow Constantine's proposal to enter into a consent decree with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Brightwater-to-Sound wastewater conveyance system begins full operation
King County's state-of-the-art Brightwater Plant sent its first flows through 13 miles of new tunnel on Nov. 9, essentially completing the region's largest clean-water project of the last half century.
$60,000 in grants for services from neighborhood cleanups to disaster readiness
Local actions for neighborhood cleanup, disaster preparedness and tourism promotion in the unincorporated areas of King County will be made possible through 24 Community Engagement Grants announced today by King County Executive Dow Constantine.
Flood experts and animal services urge the public to include animals in planning
Torrential downpours and saturated earth are typical of winter weather in Western Washington, and so is flooding.
Public meeting highlights details on Fremont sewer line replacement project, Nov. 13
Residents are invited to a public meeting to hear new information about a project to replace a 100-year-old sewer line that carries wastewater from Fremont to Queen Anne.
Celebrate sanitation on ‘World Toilet Day’
King County’s Wastewater Treatment Division will offer free public tours to provide opportunities to learn about the wastewater treatment process and its crucial role in protecting public health, the environment, and our quality of life.
King County seeks public input on plan to replace outdated Algona Transfer Station
King County wants to hear from the public about the scope of its environmental review of two potential locations for building a new south county recycling and transfer station to replace the aging Algona Transfer Station.