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King County, Washington

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March 30, 2012

See how King County protects environment; 2011 DNRP annual report now available

King County residents can learn how their County's natural resources are managed by reading the Department of Natural Resources and Parks (DNRP) 2011 annual report, "Environmental Stewardship in King County."

The report outlines many of DNRP's activities and accomplishments during 2011. The department is comprised of four major divisions - Parks and Recreation, Solid Waste, Wastewater Treatment and Water and Land Resources.

"The annual report provides detailed information about the work we do every day to ensure that we can all enjoy a clean, safe and healthy environment for generations to come,” said DNRP Director Christie True.

Highlights for the year include:

  • Bringing the Brightwater Treatment Plant online. Brightwater is the most extraordinary investment in the region’s clean water in a generation, and a tremendous commitment toward ensuring the region’s continued economic prosperity;
  • Completing the Redmond segment of the East Lake Sammamish Trail, and making extensive progress on the redevelopment of the Burke-Gilman Trail through Lake Forest Park, which was completed earlier this month;
  • Moving into major construction on a new transfer and recycling facility at the site of the existing Bow Lake Transfer Station in Tukwila, which will mean major efficiency, sustainability and safety upgrades at the County’s busiest solid waste facility; and
  • Welcoming nine cities to the King County-Cities Climate Collaboration to enhance and coordinate local government climate change and sustainability efforts.

The 2011 report also includes updated performance measurements and financial information. Visit A limited number of printed copies of the 2011 annual report will soon be available. For a printed copy, contact DNRP at 206-296-6500.

The mission of DNRP is to provide regional parks and trails, protect the region’s water, air, land, natural habitats and historic properties, and reduce, safely dispose of and create resources from wastewater and solid waste.

Related information

2011 Annual Report

King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks