Natural Resources and Parks
Sewer utility crew investigates possible overflow at Beulah Park on Vashon Island
King County is investigating a possible overflow at the Beulah Park wastewater facility on Vashon Island. The facility functions like a large septic system and serves several dozen homes.
Roadside rain garden project earns local civil engineering society honors
A King County wastewater project that makes inventive use of green infrastructure to control combined sewer overflows was honored by the Seattle chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers with a 2017 Local Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement award.
'Fantastic Beasts' opens the First Tech Movies@Marymoor summer series on July 5
The popular First Tech Movies@Marymoor outdoor cinema series at King County’s Marymoor Park kicks off its 13th season on July 5 with “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” The series runs for eight weeks and features food trucks, entertainment, trivia and big screen flicks under the stars.
Wastemobile household hazardous waste collection comes to Snoqualmie, July 7-9
Safely dispose of your old car batteries, oil, paint thinner and many other household hazardous items at no cost when the Wastemobile visits Snoqualmie, July 7-9.
Planning for long-term recycling and solid waste management, King County seeks input on scope of Environmental Impact Statement
The King County Solid Waste Division seeks input from the public on what environmental issues to study in an upcoming Environmental Impact Statement that will inform the 2019 Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Plan. Written comments must be received by July 17.
Bunker Trail pump station construction to begin on Vashon Island, July 10
On Monday, July 10, King County is scheduled to begin a sewer improvement project at four wastewater pump stations serving Bunker Trail on north Vashon Island.
Carnation Treatment Plant earns its first Platinum Peak Performance Award
King County’s Carnation Treatment Plant earned its first “Platinum Peak Performance Award” from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies for five consecutive years of compliance with environmental permits.
King County Green Schools Program recognizes 77 schools, 2 districts for resource conservation
The King County Green Schools Program helps schools and school districts to engage their students and employees in learning about and practicing resource conservation. The program assists schools and districts to reduce waste, increase recycling, and take other actions to conserve natural resources. More than 250 K-12 schools across King County have benefited from this program.
South Treatment Plant earns recognition for long-term permit compliance
Commitment to environmental excellence and an outstanding record of permit compliance earned King County’s South Treatment Plant its 19th Platinum Peak Performance Award from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies.
Teatro ZinZanni’s beloved “Love, Chaos, and Dinner” returns for a limited engagement at King County’s Marymoor Park
Teatro ZinZanni is coming to King County’s Marymoor Park in October,bringing the best of cabaret, comedy, and fine dining to one of King County’s favorite entertainment venues.
King County’s Vashon Treatment Plant earns environmental compliance award
King County’s Vashon Treatment Plant earned the “Platinum Peak Performance Award” from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies for six years of perfect compliance with its effluent discharge limits
King County awards more than $215,000 in grants for historic barn preservation
“Barn Again” grants awarded through King County’s Historic Preservation Program totaling more than $215,000 will help stabilize and preserve eight barns and a pair of processing sheds located in King County’s eastern and southern rural areas, and on Vashon Island.
Tour King County’s newly completed Fremont Siphon Project, June 18
Celebrate the completion of King County’s Fremont Siphon Project on Sunday, June 18, with facility tours and information about the facility’s public art and rain gardens. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Fremont Siphon Odor Control Facility, 215 N.W. 36th Street in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood.
Farmers, residents, fish and wildlife win in historic Snoqualmie Fish, Farm and Flood accord
King County Executive Dow Constantine today thanked Snoqualmie Valley farmers, residents and fish and wildlife advocates for achieving a landmark agreement balancing reduced flood risk to people and property, strengthening salmon populations, and growing a prosperous farming community.
Lower Cedar River closed to recreational use because of several dangerous logjams
To protect public safety, the King County Sheriff’s Office will maintain its closure of the lower nine miles of the Cedar River between Maple Valley and Renton to recreational use because of numerous logjams and large trees in the river.
Celebrate completion of King County’s Murray CSO project, June 10
King County will host a community celebration to mark the completion of its Murray Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Control Project near Lowman Park Beach in West Seattle on Saturday, June 10, from 10 a.m. to noon. The family-friendly event will feature tours of the new facility designed to protect public health and water quality during heavy rains, as well as information on public art and green building design.
King County Parks, Washington Trails Association open volunteer-built Grand Ridge Park trail
King County Parks and the Washington Trails Association celebrate the grand opening of the new Water Tower Loop at Grand Ridge Park in Issaquah. The 2.4-mile-long trail was built by nearly 600 volunteers who gave more than 5,200 hours over the past two years to complete the trail.
On ‘Secure Your Load Day,’ King County reminds motorists how to improve road safety
Today, June 6, is “Secure Your Load Day,” and the King County Solid Waste Division encourages everyone to properly secure their loads to keep roadways safe, avoid fees, and prevent litter.
Permanently protecting farmland that tells the story of a pioneering immigrant family and the devastating impact of Japanese relocation
An immigrant family on Vashon Island revolutionized how berries were distributed worldwide, creating a thriving family farm that never recovered after Japanese Americans were imprisoned during World War II. Thanks to state, county and private funding, King County will permanently protect the Mukai Fruit Barreling Plant.
Volunteer at the Marymoor Park Concerts and catch a show for free
As part of its commitment to sustainability, King County Parks is once again promoting recycling and composting at the summer 2017 Marymoor Park Concert series. Volunteers who sign up for any of the 19 shows to help educate concert-goers about sorting their compostable and recyclable materials get free entry to the shows at which they work.