Natural Resources and Parks
King County leaders urge flood preparedness with forecast of ‘La Nada’ weather pattern
With climate scientists citing a likely “La Nada” winter weather pattern that can increase the chance of extreme storms, King County government leaders urged residents to prepare now for potential flood emergencies in the months ahead. King County and the King County Flood Control District proclaimed October as Flood Awareness Month.
Partnership delivers new trail system, access at King County Parks’ Black Diamond Open Space
King County Parks and Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance are celebrating the completion of nearly eight miles of mountain bike trails, along with a new trailhead, at Black Diamond Open Space.
Modest solid waste rate increase will help County update facilities, add recycling options
For the first time since 2013, King County will increase its solid waste disposal fee, and residents who pay for curbside collection service as well as customers who use a County solid waste facility will see a modest increase in disposal rates. The new rates take effect Jan. 1, 2017, and will help pay for the modernization of solid waste management and recycling systems.
Algona Transfer Station replacement project final environmental impact statement released
A final environmental impact statement has been issued for a new south King County recycling and transfer station that would replace a 1960’s-era facility that is past its engineered lifespan.
Wastemobile comes to Redmond Oct. 7-9 for household hazardous waste collection event
King County residents can safely and conveniently dispose of old car batteries, oil, paint thinner and many other household hazardous items at no cost when the Wastemobile makes its final visit to Redmond in 2016, Oct. 7-9.
Now available: New and improved King County landslide hazards maps
King County and King County Flood Control District announced the availability of new landslide hazard maps. Created with state-of-the-art technology, the maps support earlier conclusions that no communities in King County face the unique combination of conditions present in the 2014 Snohomish County landslide. King County and King County Flood Control District will hold community workshops for residents to better understand landslides and other risks.
‘Salmon SEEson’ returns for 10th year: Spot fish coming home to King County rivers, streams
Native salmon are returning to the spawning grounds on rivers and streams across King County – and there are a number of places where people can watch this epic journey conclude.
King County Executive announces new round of grants for projects in unincorporated areas
A sixth year of grant funding for unincorporated King County residents was announced today by Executive Dow Constantine, who thanked past grant recipients for their work in building stronger communities.
King County’s bond sale saves ratepayers millions
Excellent credit ratings and continued favorable financial market conditions combine to benefit ratepayers served by King County’s Wastewater Treatment Division. On Sept. 12, the County sold $500 million of sewer revenue bonds, essentially re-financing its debt to save $104 million over the next 33 years.
Washington State Supreme Court lets verdict stand for King County in Brightwater lawsuit
In a victory for King County ratepayers, the Washington State Supreme Court has declined to consider the lower court ruling upholding a judgment against a Brightwater tunneling contractor for $129.6 million in damages.
Short closure required for safety repairs to King County Parks’ Soos Creek Trail bridge
Crews must make repairs to a bridge along the Soos Creek Trail near Kent later this month, and the work will require a half-day closure along a stretch of the trail.
Wastemobile coming to Burien, Sept. 23-25, for household hazardous waste collection event
Safely and conveniently dispose used automotive fluids, paint thinner and other household hazardous waste items when the Wastemobile visits Burien, Sept. 23-25.
Limited deer hunt set for Oct. 15-31 at King County’s Island Center Forest
Island Center Forest on Vashon Island will have a limited deer-hunting season, Oct. 15-31, when no other access will be permitted on 200 acres of King County Parks-managed forestland.
Wastemobile coming to Bothell, Sept. 16-18, for household hazardous waste collection event
King County residents can safely and conveniently dispose of old car batteries, oil, paint thinner and many other household hazardous items at no cost when the Wastemobile returns to Bothell, Sept. 16-18.
Protecting King County’s most valuable remaining farms, forests, habitats and other green spaces from development
To protect the region’s most valuable remaining open spaces from development, Executive Constantine is bringing together experts from the public and private sectors to create a long-term conservation strategy.
Month-long Snoqualmie Valley Trail closure near Duvall will allow vital bridge repairs
A safety project to replace rotted portions of three different Snoqualmie Valley Trail bridges in and near Duvall will require closure of the trail in the immediate area from Sept. 6 through Oct. 7.