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King County, Washington
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2011 DNRP archived news releases

Dec. 30
King County closes Flood Warning Center as Green River flows stabilize
King County closed its Flood Warning Center at 12 noon Friday, Dec. 30, as flows stabilized on the Green River, where controlled water releases from a dam brought water levels up to a minor Phase II flood alert level.  
Dec. 29
King County opens Flood Warning Center as Green River rises from dam releases
The King County Flood Warning Center has issued a Phase II flood alert level for the Green River, where controlled water releases from a dam could result in very minor flooding along portions of the river without levees upstream of Auburn. The Flood Warning Center opened at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 29, to closely monitor conditions. 
Dec. 29
King County closes Flood Warning Center as Snoqualmie River flows recede
King County closed its Flood Warning Center at 9 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 29, following almost 24 hours of closely monitoring the Snoqualmie River, which was on the rise because of heavy rainfall in the area. 
Dec. 28
King County opens Flood Warning Center as Snoqualmie River rises from heavy rain
The King County Flood Warning Center opened at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 28 to monitor rising flows on the Snoqualmie River from heavy rainfall in the area. As of 11:30 a.m., the sum of the Snoqualmie River’s three forks was flowing at 12,010 feet per second (cfs), which is just above the 12,000 cfs threshold for a Phase II flood alert level on the Snoqualmie River. At this flow, only minor flooding can be expected, including the potential for water over Neal Road and possibly a handful of other roads in the Snoqualmie Valley.  
Dec. 28
King County offers grant funds for urban reforestation, habitat restoration projects
Restoring habitat in urban areas is what King County’s “Wild Places in City Spaces” grant program is all about. Administered by the King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks, the program provides grants up to $12,000 to volunteer organizations, community groups and government agencies for projects to reforest urban areas and restore habitat within the Urban Growth Area of King County and incorporated cities. 
Dec. 27
Reminder: New King County solid waste fees start Jan. 1 to help upgrade transfer stations
The Solid Waste Division of the King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks reminds residents that an increase in the solid waste disposal fees goes into effect Jan. 1 to help cover rising costs while modernizing a half-century-old solid waste handling system.  
Dec. 27
King County offers helpful tips for Christmas tree recycling
Let the King County Solid Waste Division help you solve the post-Christmas dilemma of what to do with your Christmas tree. 
Dec. 23
Burke-Gilman Trail from Log Boom Park to Ballinger Way opens at noon today
The major redevelopment of a 2.2-mile-long stretch of King County’s Burke-Gilman Trail through Lake Forest Park reaches a milestone today when the easternmost portion of the trail project is completed and opens for public use. 
Dec. 20
King County GIS Center marks a decade of information, education, revenue generation
On Jan. 8, 2002, the newly formed King County Geographic Information System (KCGIS) Center welcomed its first 13 students to a certified GIS training class.  
Dec. 15
Pitch for a greener holiday season
Decking the halls doesn’t have to add up to more waste this holiday season. This year, King County is teaming with the Seattle Mariners to educate residents about how to create less waste and more memories by pitching….fruitcake.  
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