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DNRP news releases archives

Jan. 26
Cirque du Soleil returns to Marymoor Park with KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities, Jan. 29 – March 22
Cirque du Soleil returns to King County’s Marymoor Park with its latest touring production, KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities. Cirque du Soleil has raised its iconic blue and yellow big top tent at the park, and KURIOS opens on Thursday, Jan. 29 for a nearly eight-week-long run.  Learn more...
Jan. 24
King County closes Flood Warning Center following brief activation
The King County Flood Warning Center closed at 1:45 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 24, after opening early that morning to monitor minor flooding on the Snoqualmie River.  Learn more...
Jan. 24
King County Flood Warning Center opens to monitor minor flooding on Snoqualmie River
The King County Flood Warning Center opened at 1:15 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 24, after several hours of heavy rain brought the Snoqualmie River up to a Phase 2 flood alert level.  Learn more...
Jan. 23
King County clean-water infrastructure creates artificial reef for endangered fish
Puget Sound is again becoming a desirable neighborhood for rare rockfish and other endangered species thanks to the Brightwater treatment system’s creation of habitat off of Point Wells north of Shoreline.  Learn more...
Jan. 23
Installing energy-efficient lighting at treatment plant to save King County $33,000 each year
King County’s Wastewater Treatment Division will save an estimated $33,000 each year in energy costs thanks to a grant from Puget Sound Energy that funded the installation of energy-efficient lighting at the South Treatment Plant in Renton.   Learn more...
Jan. 22
Fast action stops overflow at King County’s Murray Pump Station
King County sewer utility crews quickly stopped an overflow at the Murray Pump Station that was caused by an early-morning power failure in West Seattle.   Learn more...
Jan. 20
Cleanup of nonhazardous biosolids spill in Kittitas County completed within 24 hours
Cleanup of a nonhazardous biosolids spill near Blewett Pass was completed within 24 hours thanks to a prompt, coordinated response by King County’s Wastewater Treatment Division, the Washington State Department of Ecology and Kittitas County Public Health.   Learn more...
Jan. 20
Early risers invited to join ‘King Tides’ festivities in South Park, Jan. 23 & 24
Curious what sea level rise might look like in the future? Early risers can get a sneak peek at two family-friendly “King Tides” events hosted by the environmental non-profit group Sustainable Seattle.  Learn more...
Jan. 20
Expanded recycling for bulbs, tubes with mercury offered at King County transfer stations
Safely recycling compact fluorescent lights (CFLs), fluorescent tubes, and other light bulbs that contain toxic mercury is about to get a lot easier at several King County solid waste transfer stations.  Learn more...
Jan. 20
Public forestland grows as King County Parks acquires 40 acres in Taylor Mountain Forest
Private acreage near Maple Valley that is surrounded by publicly owned working forest and offering an abundance of recreation opportunities has been acquired by King County.  Learn more...
Jan. 15
King County completes new study of Cedar River channel migration zone
King County has completed a study of the Cedar River’s channel migration zone (CMZ), which extends from the river’s mouth in the City of Renton upstream to Landsburg.   Learn more...
Jan. 15
Opening soon: New parking lot, trail access for popular Duthie Hill Mountain Bike Park
The popular Duthie Hill Mountain Bike Park now has more parking and better access, thanks to a King County Parks partnership project.  Learn more...
Jan. 9
King County and The Trust for Public Land complete preservation of Squak Mountain for public use
King County and The Trust for Public Land are taking the last few steps in a two-year-long journey to permanently preserve more than 200 acres of Cascade foothills forestland.  Learn more...
Jan. 8
King County’s noxious weed list has growth spurt with addition of four new garden escapees
Noxious weeds can be hazardous to people and animals, harm fish and wildlife habitat, and they can create headaches for landowners big and small.  Learn more...
Jan. 6
King County closes Flood Warning Center as rain-soaked rivers continue to recede
The King County Flood Warning Center closed at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan., 6 after opening in the early hours of Jan. 5 to monitor rapidly rising river levels.  Learn more...
Jan. 5
King County Flood Warning Center opens to monitor flooding on Snoqualmie River
The King County Flood Warning Center opened at 1:45 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 5, after several hours of heavy rain brought the Snoqualmie River up to a Phase 2 flood alert level.  Learn more...
Jan. 5
Tolt River joins Snoqualmie at Phase 2 flood alert level, King County Flood Warning Center monitoring flows
Heavy overnight rainfall has brought the Tolt River up to a Phase 2 flood alert level, with minor flooding likely in low-lying areas, according to the King County Flood Warning Center, which opened at 1:45 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 5.  Learn more...
Jan. 5
King County Flood Warning Center: Tolt, Snoqualmie rivers to Phase 3 flood alert
Persistent heavy rainfall has brought the Snoqualmie and Tolt rivers up to a Phase 3 flood alert level, with moderate and widespread flooding likely, according to the King County Flood Warning Center, which opened at 1:45 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 5.  Learn more...
Jan. 5
King County Flood Warning Center issues Phase 4 flood alert for Snoqualmie River – major flooding
The King County Flood Warning Center has issued a Phase 4 flood alert for the Snoqualmie River, with the potential for major flooding across the Snoqualmie Valley. The Tolt River remains at a Phase 4 flood alert, and significant flooding is also expected in that watershed.  Learn more...
Jan. 5
King County Flood Warning Center: Heavy rain sends Tolt River to dangerous Phase 4 flood alert level
The nonstop rain overnight has pushed the Tolt River to a Phase 4 flood alert level, with major, widespread flooding possible along the river, according to the King County Flood Warning Center, which opened at 1:45 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 5.  Learn more...
Jan. 5
Controlled dam releases bring Green River to minor Phase 2 flood alert level
The King County Flood Warning Center, which opened at 1:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 5 to monitor extensive flooding, has issued a Phase 2 flood alert level for the Green River, where only minor flooding in low-lying areas upstream of Auburn is expected.  Learn more...