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King County, Washington

Environmental services in King County

Environmental services in King County

This page includes services and information related to our environment, natural resources and utilities that handle solid waste and wastewater.

Air quality

Climate change

Grants and awards

Environmental health

Plants, animals and habitat

Science, data, trends


Permits & environmental review

Report problems

Waste, recycling


Website mini-survey

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 Water and land


Watersheds, rivers and streams

Closely related services can be found on our property page, recreation or GIS Center page. For an overview of King County's environment, please see About King County's environment and for research, please visit the environmental history page provided by King County Archives.

Featured news

Sep. 15, 2016
Executive on state's new carbon rules: We must act on climate change 

Sep. 2, 2016
External article, Seattle Times
Hailing cooperation, US and China join global climate deal

Jul. 25, 2016
External article, KCTS9/ earthFIX
An Urban Refuge Where Humans And Wildlife Coexist

Jun. 1, 2016
External article, Seattle P-I
A West Coast climate accord, a new Clean Air Rule announced for state

Mar. 16, 2016
External article, Washington Post
The economy is growing, but carbon emissions aren’t. That’s a really big deal

Feb. 22, 2016
External article, Washington Post
Seas are now rising faster than they have in 2,800 years, scientists say 

Jan. 26, 2016
External, Seattle Times
The prospect of climate change and solutions post-Paris

Jan. 20, 2016
External, Seattle Times
2015 hottest year in recorded history — and not by just a little 

Jan. 6, 2016
External, Seattle Times
Washington to limit carbon pollution from largest facilities 

Nov. 16, 2015
King County adopts one of the boldest climate action plans in the nation

Jul. 17, 2015
External article, TIME Magazine
Last Year Was the Hottest Since Temperature Record Keeping Began

Jun. 30, 2015
Executive delivers bold new plan to confront climate change after hottest June on record 

Jun. 22, 2015
External article, Washington Post
Inaction on climate change would cost billions, major EPA study finds

Feb. 25, 2015
External, Seattle Times
Instruments catch greenhouse gas in the act of warming the planet

National Climate Assessment

May 2014
Climate Change: Evidence and Causes
National Academy of Sciences, The Royal Society

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