April 3, 2009
See how King County protects the environment; 2008 DNRP annual report now available online
King County residents can learn how their county's natural resources are managed by reading the Department of Natural Resources and Parks (DNRP) 2008 annual report, "Environmental Stewardship in King County," now available online.
The report, which can be accessed via the DNRP Web site at http://www.kingcounty.gov/environment/dnrp.aspx, outlines many of the DNRP's activities and accomplishments during 2008. The department is comprised of four major divisions - Parks and Recreation, Solid Waste, Wastewater Treatment and Water and Land Resources. DNRP also houses the county's Geographic Information Systems Center.
Highlights for the year include:
- Completing 24 flood-protection projects along levees, and beginning more than 30 additional long-term projects;
- Working with Executive Ron Sims to acquire more than 45,000 acres of working forest in the Green River watershed, and protecting it from development in perpetuity;
- Celebrating the completion of the Carnation Wastewater Treatment Plant;
- Celebrating the reopening of the fully redeveloped Shoreline Recycling and Transfer Station; and
- Honoring King County Sheriff Deputy Steve Cox, who was killed in the line of duty, with the grand re-opening of the newly renovated and renamed Steve Cox Memorial Park in White Center.
"The annual report is an opportunity for King County residents to see how hard our staff works, day-in and day-out, to ensure that we can enjoy a clean and healthy environment for generations to come,” said DNRP Director Theresa Jennings.
The 2008 report also includes updated performance measurements and financial information.
The mission of the King County DNRP is to: be the steward of the environment and strengthen sustainable communities by protecting our water, land and natural habitats, safely disposing of and reusing wastewater and solid waste, and providing natural areas, parks and recreation programs.
A limited number of printed copies of the 2008 annual report will soon be available. Stakeholders who would like a printed copy mailed to them can contact DNRP by telephone at 206-296-6500.
Department of Natural Resources and Parks