South Magnolia CSO Control Project
January 29, 2015 Update
Two major steps forward on the path to pollution control in Magnolia
King County’s contractors completed two important activities in November. In late November, Stellar J Corporation successfully carried out a continuous concrete pour to install a 12-foot thick concrete base slab for the storage tank. In mid-December, Walsh Construction and Mears Group, Inc completed the final step in Horizontal Directional Drilling, pulling almost 3,000 feet of pipeline through a borehole extending from 32nd Avenue West to an exit pit by 23rd Avenue West.
By the end of the year, the new Magnolia CSO Control Facility will begin working to reduce stormwater and sewage overflows to Puget Sound during large storms. In 2013, King County reported a long term average of 22.7 overflows per year from the Magnolia Outfall (006). The new CSO Control Facility is designed reduce overflows to Elliott Bay to no more than one per year on a long-term average.
View Winter 2015 Newsletter (PDF, February 2015).
Construction photos: gravity sewer pipeline and storage tank
South Magnolia CSO basin project area
How will the new CSO facility work? View animation.
South Magnolia basin and project location.
Young bald eagles appear larger and darker than their white-headed parents.
King County is constructing a new combined sewer overflow (CSO) control facility in Magnolia. A 1.5-million gallon underground tank will temporarily store excess flows of stormwater and sewage when heavy rains fill pipes, reducing untreated overflows to Puget Sound. A second component of this facility is a new 3,000-foot gravity sewer pipeline installed from 32nd Avenue West below Magnolia Bluff that will transfer excess flows to the new CSO control facility on 23rd Avenue West in the Smith Cove area.
On 32nd Avenue West, construction crews will install the new gravity sewer pipeline that will be drilled under the hill to the Smith Cove Athletic Field to connect to the underground storage tank on 23rd Avenue West. See map on right.
Why does King County need to do this project?
This project is part of a long-term King County plan to help protect Puget Sound and control combined sewer overflows (CSOs) in local waterways. When completed, the project will meet current Washington Department of Ecology requirements of no more than one CSO discharge per year on a long-term average. The project is included in a federal consent decree that requires completion by December 2015.
What is the schedule for this project?
Planning and design for this project took place from 2007 to 2013. Construction began in 2014 and is scheduled for completion in 2015.
View South Magnolia CSO Control Project Timeline (PDF), updated May 2013.
Being a good neighbor to nearby Magnolia eagles
Magnolia Boulevard Park has a pair of bald eagles that have resided in a cottonwood tree above 32nd Avenue West for several years. During project design and as construction approached on 32nd, Hillary Schafer, King County’s Environmental Planner, worked closely with local and federal environmental agencies to develop plans for work around the eagle nests. Plans in place include seasonal restrictions on certain activities during mating seasons, monitoring and other accommodations for the birds. For more information, view the Fall 2014 Newsletter (PDF) or contact Hillary.Schafer@kingcounty.gov.