Natural Resources and Parks
King County Community Service Area program hosts spring town hall meetings
Residents of unincorporated King County can meet with County officials, learn about small grant opportunities for their community, and be informed about current County work in their community during a series of town hall-style open houses, scheduled for this spring.
Fix it, don’t toss it, at free community repair events in Renton, Kent and Federal Way
Everyone knows the saying, 'Reduce, Reuse, Recycle,' but with Earth Day coming up soon, it’s a great time to embrace a fourth 'R' – repair. Take advantage of an upcoming community repair event where small household items can be brought for free repairs so they can continue to be used, rather than thrown out.
Solid Waste Division celebrating 50 years of operations at Cedar Hills Regional Landfill
To commemorate 50 years of operations at the Cedar Hills Regional Landfill in Maple Valley, the King County Solid Waste Division invites the public to come tour the facility, hear from division and County leadership, and enjoy informative displays.
Learn about rain garden and cistern rebates at a RainWise contractor fair, April 3
Seattle residents seeking information on installing rain gardens or cisterns through the RainWise Program can meet contractors at a free event in West Seattle on Sunday, April 3. The RainWise Program offers rebates to cover up to 100 percent of the cost of these projects.
Applications sought for King County Waterworks Program Grants
To bolster local efforts to protect water quality, control pollution and build healthy communities, King County’s Wastewater Treatment Division is offering $850,000 in funding for community-driven projects through its Waterworks Grant Program. Applications will be accepted through May 25.
Wastemobile makes household hazardous waste collection stop on Vashon, April 15-17
King County residents can safely dispose of old car batteries, oil, paint thinner and many other household hazardous items at no cost when the Wastemobile travels to Vashon, April 15-17.
Brightwater to host Watershed Festival for local students, March 21-22
The annual Watershed Festival will take place at Brightwater Center, March 21-22, offering a day of water-related educational events and activities to local fourth-graders. The Festival focuses on connecting students to our water systems through hands-on and interactive activities such as wetland exploration, macro invertebrate studies, and pollution investigations.
Crews respond to overflow at the South Mercer Pump Station
King County's South Mercer Pump Station is operating normally following a mechanical failure that caused a four-hour overflow on Thursday afternoon.
Wastemobile makes household hazardous waste collection stop in Redmond, April 1-3
Drop off household hazardous waste at the Wastemobile in Redmond, April 1-3.
Snoqualmie Valley Trail reopened as Sinnema Quaale project nears completion
Just in time for the additional hour of daylight, the Snoqualmie Valley Trail in the Stillwater area between Duvall and Carnation is once again open to foot and bicycle traffic.
Application deadline nearing for free food waste prevention and curbside composting outreach program
Sign up by March 18 for popular King County curbside composting and recycling classes coming soon in Kent.
Help shape the future of Saltwater State Park project
King County and Washington State Parks are seeking public input on a proposed restoration project near Des Moines that would remove rip-rap at McSorley Creek and the shoreline at Saltwater State Park to improve fish habitat, control flooding and enhance recreational amenities.
Comments wanted on King County’s plan for stormwater runoff
Every year, King County updates its plan to manage stormwater runoff, drainage issues and water pollution problems. The Stormwater Management Program (SWMP) Plan is now available for review and comment.
Strong storm leads to manhole overflow in Bothell
A strong storm and heavy rains Wednesday evening led to a manhole overflow on a King County wastewater pipeline in Bothell. Construction is underway on a project to upgrade the 45-year-old pipeline and add new capacity to support the growing community and increase system reliability.
Power outage, brief overflow at King County’s Richmond Beach Pump Station
Power outage, brief overflow occurred at King County’s Richmond Beach Pump Station Thursday evening.
King County-Cities Climate Collaboration wins national 2016 Climate Leadership Award
Innovative and collaborative local government efforts to reduce carbon pollution and confront climate change have earned the King County-Cities Climate Collaboration, or K4C, one of 17 national leadership awards from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Watershed partners celebrate 10 years of salmon recovery efforts; look to next decade
Partnerships in three highly populated watersheds mark a decade of environmental work to save salmon and reflect on the importance of collaboration and long-term commitment.
King County Flood Control District presents findings from lower Snoqualmie River flood impact study
King County will present the findings of a flood impact study of the lower Snoqualmie River at a public meeting in Carnation on Tuesday, March 22.
Farmers in King County river valleys: Apply for farm pad construction assistance by March 31
Agricultural landowners who work in King County’s river valley floodplains can reduce their risk of losses from flooding by building a farm pad or elevated structure, where livestock and farm equipment can be stored safely during times of high water.
King County awarding $500,000 in grant funds for historic barn preservation
King County is reviving its 'Barn Again' historic barn preservation and restoration program, with grant funding available and workshops coming later this year.