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King County, Washington

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DNRP

DNRP news releases archives

April 18
Celebrate Earth Week with King County and learn how to help confront climate change
With Earth Day just around the corner (April 22), King County is helping residents learn how they can join the effort to combat climate change.  Learn more...
April 18
Local celebrities speak out on environment
In two new short videos from the King County EcoConsumer public education program, 15 well-known and accomplished local folks share their views on why environmental protection matters to them, what they do about it personally, and what you can do.  Learn more...
April 17
King County Parks wins top award for unique, eco-friendly cargo camping container
When was the last time your camping experience included staying in an award-winning repurposed cargo container?  Learn more...
April 17
Popular Cougar Mountain Trail Run Series returns to King County Parks
The SCOTT Cougar Mountain Trail Run Series returns for a 12th season to King County Parks’ Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park in May with a wider variety of race options than ever before through beautiful forestland that’s just minutes away from Bellevue, Seattle, and many other parts of King County.  Learn more...
April 17
Waste-to-energy system to supply renewable electricity, heat at West Point Treatment Plant
King County’s West Point Treatment Plant is making a powerful example of waste recycling.The plant is now operating a new cogeneration system that turns digester gas generated during the treatment process into electricity and heat.  Learn more...
April 16
King County continues ongoing dialogue with landfill neighbors at April 23 meeting
King County has been meeting with the neighbors of its Cedar Hills Regional Landfill since the mid-1980s in order to keep them up to date with landfill activities, provide citizens with an opportunity to offer feedback, and to share ideas for improving operations.  Learn more...
April 16
Apply now for King County ‘Best Workplaces for Waste Prevention and Recycling’ list
King County’s annual Best Workplaces for Waste Prevention and Recycling list is accepting applications for 2014.  Learn more...
April 15
Construction on North Sammamish stretch of East Lake Sammamish Trail starts April 21
The gap is shrinking in King County’s 175-mile regional trail system, as King County Parks begins construction on improvements to the North Sammamish segment of the East Lake Sammamish (ELST).   Learn more...
April 11
King County seeks public input for stormwater management program update
Stormwater – rain and snowmelt that flows off roofs, pavement and packed soils, and collects pollutants along the way – is ranked as the top source of toxic pollution to Puget Sound and to the region’s rivers and streams.  Learn more...
April 9
City People’s Garden Store first in King County to commit not to sell invasive plants, noxious weeds
City People's Garden Store in Seattle is taking seriously its commitment to the environment by pledging to stop selling any of the invasive plants or noxious weeds that appear on King County's Noxious Weed and plants of Concern lists, and urged other companies to do the same.  Learn more...
April 9
Wastemobile comes to Des Moines, offers free household hazardous waste disposal, April 25-27
All King County and city residents can safely dispose of old car batteries, oil, paint thinner and many other household hazardous items at no cost when the Wastemobile makes a stop in Des Moines.  Learn more...
April 7
AEG Live, King County Parks, unveil initial season lineup for 2014 Marymoor Park Concert Series
Building on a successful past year at Marymoor Park, AEG Live and King County Parks are pleased to announce the initial dynamic lineup for the 2014 Marymoor Park Concert Series presented by Swedish Medical Center Redmond.   Learn more...
April 7
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 in April and May.  Learn more...
April 4
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 in April and May.   Learn more...
April 1
King County Parks seeks members for ‘Friends of Big Finn Hill Trails’ group
With significant help from the community, King County Parks has a new management plan for the popular trails system at Big Finn Hill Park in Kirkland. Now King County Parks is looking for individuals to help put the plan into action.  Learn more...
April 1
2013 DNRP annual report now available: ‘Environmental Stewardship in King County’
Learn more about how King County's natural resources are managed by reading the Department of Natural Resources and Parks (DNRP) 2013 annual report, "Environmental Stewardship in King County."  Learn more...
March 31
Final acquisition set for Squak Mountain forest, with King County-The Trust for Public Land accord
A public celebration is set to commemorate preservation of 226 acres of high-quality forestland in the Issaquah Alps - the result of a partnership between King county and The Trust for Public Land.  Learn more...
March 27
King County Spanish-language education program ‘Recicla más. ¡Es facilísimo!’ honored
King County's work to help get the word out about recycling programs and services to non-English speaking constituents has been honored by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).  Learn more...
March 25
Watershed group, Burien share Futurewise award for Seahurst Park salmon restoration
The Green/Duwamish and Central Puget Sound Watershed (WRIA 9) and the City of Burien are the 2014 recipients of the Futurewise Livable Community Awards for their work on salmon restoration at Seahurst Park.  Learn more...
March 19
King County Executive to provide keynote at GoGreen Seattle 2014 conference, April 30
GoGreen Seattle announces the full 2014 conference program agenda, including a keynote speech from King County Executive Dow Constantine, April 30 at the Conference Center in downtown Seattle.  Learn more...
March 19
Stretch your food budget by growing veggies in one of King County’s popular garden plots
Save money on fresh produce, provide a bounty of healthy food for the table, and get some exercise and fresh air by growing your own vegetables in one of King County Parks' community garden plots this year.  Learn more...
March 17
Crews respond as manhole in Bothell overflows during record rainfall
Record rainfall March 16 resulted in a manhole overflow south of Thrasher's Corner in Bothell.  Learn more...
March 17
Project to help protect public health, water quality in the Lower Duwamish River
The public is invited to learn about an upcoming King County project that will help protect water quality in the Lower Duwamish River during heavy rains.  Learn more...
March 16
King County Flood Warning Center opens as heavy rain brings minor flooding on Tolt River
The King County Flood Warning Center opened at 9 a.m. on Sunday, March 16, after heavy rainfall brought the Tolt River up to a Phase II flood alert level.  Learn more...
March 16
King County closes Flood Warning Center as rain-swollen Tolt River recedes
The King County Flood Warning Center closed at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 16, following a brief activation to monitor minor rising flows on the Tolt River.  Learn more...