Natural Resources and Parks
Active flood season contributes to delay in vital flood-repair project along Snoqualmie River
Persistent Snoqualmie River flooding this fall has slowed work to repair a damaged flood-protection structure along the river and pushed back completion of the Sinnema Quaale Upper Revetment project. The delay in completing the project means King County’s Snoqualmie Valley Trail near the construction site won’t be open for use until February of next year.
Green your holiday season with King County
As we celebrate the winter holidays this year, we can also celebrate the new regional and global commitment to climate change action and awareness with fun and money-saving resources from King County’s Green Holidays program.
Heavy rain leads to manhole overflow in Bothell
Heavy, persistent rainfall led to a manhole overflow on a King County wastewater pipeline in Bothell on Saturday, Dec. 12.
King County closing Flood Warning Center, but will continue to monitor river levels, weather forecasts
The King County Flood Warning Center will close at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 10, following more than 50 hours of continuous operation in response to significant and widespread flooding.
Heavy rains lead to manhole overflow in Bothell
A series of strong storms that brought heavy rainfall and flooding to the region led to a manhole overflow on a King County wastewater pipeline in Bothell last night. The overflow was reported to health and regulatory agencies, and King County will monitor water quality in nearby North Creek over the next several days.
Storm, power failure causes brief pump station overflow
An early morning power failure at King County’s Henderson Pump Station caused a brief wastewater overflow into Lake Washington near Beer Sheva Park in Seattle’s Rainier Beach neighborhood. The overflow was reported to health and regulatory agencies, and King County will monitor water quality in nearby Lake Washington over the next several days.
Vote to name King County’s new environmental research vessel through Dec. 24
From now until Dec. 24, residents can vote on a name for King County’s new 48-foot environmental research vessel, which will be used by county field scientists to collect samples and respond to environmental emergencies. The winner will be announced in January.
King County Flood Warning Center: Phase 2 flood alert for Cedar River – only minor flooding
The King County Flood Warning Center, which has been open since midday on Tuesday, Dec. 8, has issued a Phase 2 flood alert for the Cedar River, with only minor flooding anticipated in limited areas.
Issaquah Creek reaches Phase 2 flood alert as heavy rain continues across King County
Steady and heavy rain has brought Issaquah Creek up to a Phase 2 flood alert level, with minor flooding possible along the stream’s course. The King County Flood Warning Center issued the flood alert as part of its round-the-clock flood monitoring.
Green River reaches Phase 3 flood alert level
The Green River has reached a Phase 3 flood alert level with moderate flooding possible in rural areas upstream of Auburn. The King County Flood Warning Center notes that areas protected by levees in the Green River Valley, including Auburn, Kent, Renton and Tukwila, won't likely be affected by river flooding.
Tolt River reaches Phase 3 flood alert level; Green River at Phase 2, with minor flooding
Driven by heavy rain, the Tolt River has reached a Phase 3 flood alert level with moderate and widespread flooding possible, according to the King County Flood Warning Center, which also issued a Phase 2 flood alert for the Green River.
Major flooding likely along Snoqualmie River as Flood Warning Center issues Phase 4 flood alert
The potent late-fall storm that drenched King County all day long has brought the Snoqualmie River up to a Phase 4 flood alert, with dangerous and widespread flooding possible across the Snoqualmie Valley tonight.
Tolt River rises to Phase 2 flood alert as heavy rain brings more flooding to King County
Persistent, heavy rainfall across King County has brought the Tolt River to a Phase 2 flood alert with minor flooding likely in low-lying areas. Meanwhile, the King County Flood Warning Center reports that the Snoqualmie River is at a higher Phase 3 flood alert level, with moderate and widespread flooding.
King County Flood Warning Center issues Phase 3 flood alert for Snoqualmie River
Heavy rain has quickly brought the Snoqualmie River up to a Phase 3 flood alert, with moderate and widespread flooding expected across much of the Snoqualmie Valley today.
King County opens Flood Warning Center to monitor minor flooding on Snoqualmie River
The King County Flood Warning Center opened at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 8 after heavy rainfall brought the Snoqualmie River up to a Phase 2 flood alert level.
Green River levee maintenance requires trail segment closure through Kent
Maintenance work by King County continues along a dozen miles of levees that protect the cities of Renton, Tukwila and Kent from Green River flooding. This ongoing work can require temporary, intermittent closures of sections of the Green River Trail, which sits atop the levee system through the Green River Valley.
Learn more about Dockton Forest mountain bike trail plan at upcoming community meetings
Two community meetings have been scheduled this fall on Vashon Island, when community members can learn more about a proposal to build mountain bike trails in King County Parks’ Dockton Forest.
Kokanee Quest: Go on a hunt for treasure in the Lake Sammamish watershed and become an expert on the ‘little red fish’
Embark on a Kokanee Quest, a real-world treasure hunt for geocaches designed to connect residents with efforts to restore Lake Sammamish kokanee salmon populations back to health.
Deadline extended in contest to name King County’s new environmental research vessel
King County residents now have until Nov. 30 to enter a contest to name a new 48-foot environmental research vessel, which will be used by county field scientists to collect samples and respond to environmental emergencies. The winner will be announced in January.
‘From Mt. Si to Wild Sky’ watershed poster features local contest winner
The Snoqualmie Watershed Forum has just released its 2015 Snoqualmie Watershed poster, featuring the winning entry from last summer’s photography contest, “Focus on the Snoqualmie.” The poster is free while supplies last.