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Sep. 15, 2015
External article, Kent Reporter
Upthegrove plan to restore salmon in Green River moves forward 

Aug. 14, 2015
Work along Green River levees helps ensure community’s safety

Green the Green: Grants for Stewardship and Revegetation
Plant shady vegetation at hotspots along the Green/Duwamish River to help save Chinook salmon.

Aug. 6, 2015
King County’s South Treatment Plant earns coveted “Outstanding Performance Award”

Jul. 24, 2015
Ongoing Green River levee work helps ensure safety for public, businesses

Jul. 17, 2015
King County work on levees from Tukwila to Kent needed to ensure continued strength of levee system that protects people, businesses, cities

Jul. 9, 2015
External article, Washington Post
Why the Earth’s past has scientists so worried about sea level rise

Jun. 29, 2015
External article, The Stranger
Climate Change Advisory Panel Recommends Changing Parts of South Park and Georgetown to Prepare for Sea-Level Rise

Jun. 18, 2015
External opinion, Seattle Times
Once a polluter, Boeing now leading on Duwamish River cleanup

Jun. 11, 2015
External article, Grist
One mom’s fight to make Seattle’s most polluted neighborhood greener

Jun. 3, 2015
Critical levee work requires periodic closures along portions of Green River Trail

May 26, 2015
King County hosts annual meetings June 9 on the use of large wood in river and habitat projects

Green Grants for Lower Duwamish air and water quality improvements
Applications due May 15, 2015

Apr. 22, 2015
External report, KING 5 News
Seattle launches Equity and Environment Initiative

Apr. 18, 2015
External feature, Bellingham Herald
Trail of the week: Green River Natural Area

Apr. 3, 2015
Executive to provide grants that support local environmental projects in Lower Duwamish

Feb. 24, 2015
External article, Seattle Times
Seattle’s new seawall also a highway for fish

Feb. 23, 2015
Council adopts legislation that will benefit Green River preservation projects
Motion gives funding priority to habitat restoration efforts

Feb. 13, 2015
External article, Kent Reporter
King County prepares major plan to improve Green River levees

Jan. 25, 2015
External article, West Seattle Blog
Congratulations! Award shared by Highland Park Improvement Club, Nature Consortium, Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition

Jan. 20, 2015
External report, KING5 News
Divers removing toxins in the Duwamish River

Jan. 20, 2015
External article, UW School of Public Health
Public Health Cafe: Cleaning up the Duwamish River: What’s Next? Feb. 3

Jan. 2015
External release, NOAA
Research finds woody debris benefits fish 

Dec. 8, 2014
Councilmembers: EPA’s Duwamish Cleanup Plan continues effort to revitalize the “lifeblood” of Seattle 

Dec. 3, 2014
External opinion, Seattle Times
Guest: Why the EPA’s plan is the best way forward for the Duwamish River

Dec. 2, 2014
External article, Seattle Times
Mammoth $342 million cleanup ahead for fouled Duwamish River

Dec. 2, 2014
Executive Constantine thanks EPA for landmark decision that enables Superfund cleanup of Lower Duwamish to move forward

Nov. 18, 2014
External article, Seattle Weekly
How Clean Should Seattle's Only River Be?

Oct. 1, 2014
External article, Yakima Herald
Proposed water quality rule tied to fish consumption

Sep. 29, 2014 
Executive awards $102,000 to community efforts to restore Green/Duwamish Watershed

Sep. 28, 2014
External article, Seattle P-I
Criminal investigation into Duwamish River pollution ends quietly in civil fine

Sep. 25, 2014
External article, Auburn Reporter
Valley flood protection takes SWIF-t approach

Salmon SEEson

Sep. 11, 2014
Public meetings on Green River flood risk reduction

  • Auburn City Hall, Sep. 23;
  • Kent Courthouse Rotunda, Sep. 30

Sep. 8, 2014
Executive Constantine, Mayor Murray announce Green/Duwamish Watershed Strategy

Sep. 8, 2014 
External article, MyNorthwest 
Must 'think big' to clean up Green and Duwamish River system

FacebookKing County Rivers Facebook page (external link)

Jul. 10, 2014
Executive Constantine supports comprehensive approach to improving water quality

Jul. 1, 2014
Enjoy (with care) King County’s lakes, rivers and Puget Sound this July 4th

May 30, 2014
As weather heats up, King County urges caution around cold rivers, lakes, Sound

May 18, 2014
External article, Port Orchard Independent
State updating industrial stormwater permit, public comments sought

A River Reborn: Restoring Salmon Habitat along the Duwamish River (external)

Flood reduction grants
Applications due by June 15, 2014

May 16, 2014
External column, Seattle Times
Protect water and health by updating state’s fish-consumption rate

May 20, 2014
King County hosting two meetings June 10 on placing large wood in river projects

Mar. 11, 2014
King County closes Flood Warning Center as rivers return to normal following heavy rain

Mar. 10, 2014
King County Flood Warning Center issues Phase II flood alert for Cedar River; Green at Phase III

Mar. 9, 2014
King County Flood Warning Center issues Phase II flood alert for Green River

Mar. 7, 2014
King County closes Flood Warning Center as rivers recede following heavy storms

Dec. 10, 2013
Major flood protection project completed along Green River

Dec. 5, 2013
Marine habitat restoration work in Green-Duwamish watershed key to chinook recovery

Nov. 20, 2013
External article, Auburn Reporter
Middle Green River Coalition receives $10,000 grant for stewardship along Green River

Nov. 5, 2013
External, NW Public Radio
Snowpack, Sea Level, And Wildlife Main Climate Change Risks In The Northwest

Oct. 21, 2013
Flood season is here – are you prepared?
Emergency responders from King and Pierce counties collaborate

Sep. 6, 2013
Funding supports grassroots efforts to improve air and water quality in Lower Duwamish neighborhoods

When in Doubt Stay Out: Protect your pooch from harmful algal blooms (external

Jul. 8, 2013
Innovative Transfer of Development Rights would move $18 million in density credits from rural farms and forests to South Lake Union and downtown Seattle 

Jul. 9, 2013
Reddington Levee project kicks off busy Flood Control District construction season

Jun. 27, 2013
Hot weather, cold water a recipe for danger on King County rivers, lakes

Jun. 23, 2013
External report, KIRO
Crews rescue stranded mother, 2 sons from Green River

Read EPA’s Proposed Duwamish Cleanup Plan (external)
For King County's comments on the plan, please see Our Duwamish page.

Jun. 7, 2013
South Park roadside natural drainage project part of RainWise community celebration, June 15

Jun, 4, 2013
King County hosts two meetings June 19 on placing large wood in rivers

Jun. 3, 2013
External article, Renton Reporter
County offering advice on how to get rid of invasive knotweed

May 22, 2013
King County urges caution on lakes, rivers over the long Memorial Day weekend
Officials stress importance of using personal flotation devices when on open water

May 10, 2013
King County wins funding to evaluate contaminated ‘brownfield’ sites
Focus on Duwamish industrial area and surrounding communities helps County address equity and social justice

May 2, 2013
King County urges caution on rivers that are high, swift, cold from mountain snowmelt

May 1, 2013
Applications for Lower Duwamish Green Grants accepted through June 7

Mar. 29, 2013
Green Grants funding supports community rain garden project in South Park
Celebration and volunteer planting party takes place Saturday, March 30

Mar. 27, 2013
External article, Seattle Times
Study finds life is shorter for some in the 98108 ZIP code

Feb. 28, 2013
Executive Constantine welcomes release of federal cleanup plan for Lower Duwamish Waterway

Feb. 27, 2013
External article, Puget Sound Business Journal
EPA proposes $305M cleanup for Duwamish

External opportunity, Sound Stewards
Help restore the Duwamish Estuary

Feb. 4, 2013
2013 State of the County Address

Jan. 7, 2013
External report, KIRO
Truck plummets into Green River in Tukwila

Dec. 28, 2012
External report, KING5
Car plunges into Green River

Dec. 3, 2012
Council adopts update of County land use policies
Strengthening protection of open space, integrating County Strategic Plan

Nov. 28, 2012
King County presents flood risk reduction strategies at December public meetings

Nov. 27, 2012
Public comment sought on County work plans for unincorporated communities

2011 Annual Report (Acrobat pdf)
King County Noxious Weed Control Program

Oct. 3, 2012
Learn about program to train workers for Lower Duwamish cleanup jobs, Oct. 10

Oct. 1, 2012
Leaders stress preparedness, helping neighbors, as King County enters annual flood season

Customer satisfaction survey
Flood Risk Reduction Services

FacebookKing County Rivers Facebook page (external link)

2012-2013 Flood Update (288 Kb pdf)
Flood warning information for major rivers in King County

Sept. 26, 2012
Executive Constantine applauds unanimous vote to adopt long-term pollution control plan

Aug. 28, 2012
External report, KPLU
Why King County held a party for a property tax

Aug. 24, 2012
Proposed Green River levee project increases safety for Auburn residents, improves habitat

Jul. 10, 2012
External article, Kent Reporter
Sandbag removal in Kent signals Green River Valley to open for recreation again

Jul. 6, 2012
King County flood risk reduction program remains among highest-rated in the nation
FEMA commends County’s continued leadership in protecting people, property from floodwaters

Jun. 29, 2012
King County kicks off river safety campaign in advance of Fourth of July holiday

Jun. 18, 2012
Plan to control stormwater sewer overflows underscores King County’s commitment to water quality
Executive also calls for a new science-based study

Jun. 15, 2012
Executive calls for partnership with Army Corps to restore salmon habitat on Enumclaw Plateau

News Fit for a King (pdf)
Green River Watershed

Salmon Plan Implementation Progress Report 2005-2011

Jun. 1, 2012
King County accepting applications for Lower Duwamish Green Grants through July 6

May 25, 2012
Officials express dismay at FEMA denial of reimbursement for cost of Green River Valley flood protection
FEMA denies $31 million reimbursement for levee and other costs associated with the Howard Hanson Dam flood threat

May 11, 2012
King County urges caution on rivers that are high, swift, cold from big mountain snowpack

Rain Garden Workshop Saturday, May 12
Outdoor Wetland Lab Saturday, May 19
Shadow Lake Nature Preserve (pdf)

May 7, 2012
External article, Tukwila Reporter
King County moves step closer to approving Green River sandbag removal plan

April 11, 2012
Improve your environment with Wastemobile household hazardous waste collection events

Apr. 9, 2012
King County prepares update to flood plan for continued protection of people, property

Mar. 28, 2012
King County warns Green River boaters of hazard from fallen tree near Flaming Geyser

Mar. 13, 2012
External article, Auburn Reporter
Boardwalk at Auburn's Environmental Park to open early April

Mar. 1, 2012
External release, Wash. Dept. of Ecology
Comments sought on cleanup plan for site near Duwamish River

Feb. 22, 2012 - 2p.m.
Water releases from dam expected to bring Green River to Phase III flood alert level

Feb. 22, 2012 - 6a.m.
Controlled dam releases bring Green River to Phase II flood alert level

2010-2012 Midterm Report (pdf)
King County Executive Dow Constantine

Jan. 27, 2012
King County’s residents weigh in on river management priorities through survey

Jan. 5, 2011
Final Report: Water Quality Targets for the Stormwater Retrofit (283 Kb)

Dec. 30, 2011
King County closes Flood Warning Center as Green River flows stabilize

Dec. 29, 2011
King County opens Flood Warning Center as Green River rises from dam releases

Dec. 12, 2011
External article, Enumclaw Courier-Herald
Salmon recovery money flowing to Enumclaw's Big Spring Creek

Dec. 4, 2011
External article, Kent Reporter
King County noxious weed board seeks new members

Oct. 24, 2011
Agencies reaffirm King County’s high credit ratings ahead of bond sale

Oct. 3, 2011
External article, Seattle P-I
Early cleanup of Seattle's only river moving ahead

Sept. 27, 2011
External opinion, Seattle Times
Howard Hanson, a dam site better

Sept. 16, 2011
King County Executive, City Mayors hail announcement on Howard Hanson Dam
Call for continued collaboration and vigilance on emergency preparedness

Sept. 13, 2011
External article, Seattle Times
Final life jacket sale by Seattle Parks and Recreation is this Saturday

Aug. 18, 2011
Lower Duwamish ‘Green Grants’ promote community-based environmental stewardship
Grants intend to help reduce runoff, protect water quality by funding small-scale habitat restoration, rain gardens, outreach projects and more

Aug. 15, 2011
External article, Tukwila Reporter
Engineers run more tests at Howard Hanson Dam along Green River

Aug. 14, 2011
External opinion, Seattle Times
Sewer programs must remain part of focus to protect Puget Sound and communities

Aug. 9, 2011
Crews successfully stop treated wastewater overflow

Aug. 8, 2011
Utility crews responding to treated wastewater overflow in south Seattle
Intersection of West Marginal Way S.W. and S.W. Front Street affected

Aug. 1, 2011
King County Executive Dow Constantine statement on CSO control

July 31, 2011
External article, Seattle Times
Costly sewer program may have little benefit

July 27, 2011
External release, Washington Dept. of Ecology
Ecology and Duwamish Marine Center reach cleanup agreement

July 12, 2011
External article, Seattle Times
FEMA won't pick up $30 million tab to prepare for flooding

July 6, 2011
Wastewater ratepayers save big through 10-year productivity program
Program sunsets after generating $84 million in savings; new program under development

June 3, 2011
External article, Seattle Times
Lifejackets could be mandatory to wear this summer on some King County rivers

June 2, 2011

Summer-long requirement proposed for wearing of life vests on rivers in unincorporated King County Higher risk to public safety due to unusually heavy snowmelt and changes in river dynamics caused by turbulent flood season

May 27, 2011

Combined sewer overflows now reported live, online Information helps public make decisions about using waterways

May 27, 2011
Clean-water utility earns national recognition for environmental excellence
‘Platinum Awards’ reflect outstanding record of permit compliance

May 26, 2011
External report, KUOW Weekday
How Do We Prevent Flood Damage Here? 

May 25, 2011
External article, Auburn Reporter
King County officials on high alert: Beware of high, swift, cold rivers

May 25, 2011
Spring 2011 brings extra risks for people playing in dangerously fast, cold rivers

May 6, 2011
County offers free workshops to help residents tackle tough noxious weeds
Agencies, landowners asked to help stop spread of invasive and noxious plants, including garlic mustard, invasive knotweed and giant hogweed

April 12, 2011
Get your hands dirty for a good cause: Duwamish Alive! clean-up events, April 16

Mar. 30, 2011, 9 p.m.
Controlled releases from dam expected to push Green River to Phase II flood alert level

Mar. 28, 2011
Help keep King County clean and green: Come to Soos Creek Park clean-up event, April 2

Mar. 21, 2011
External article, Seattle P-I
Should Duwamish cleanup also focus on improving the health of those nearby?

Mar. 9, 2011
External article, Seattle Times
Two March hikes for the itchy-footed

Feb. 1, 2011
External article, Sightline Daily
Putting a Price on Stormwater Pollution

Jan. 26, 2011
King County closes Flood Warning Center as last of the rain-swollen river flows subside

Jan. 24, 2011
External article, Covington/Maple Valley Reporter
Black Diamond and King County to receive grant money for stormwater

Jan. 21, 2011 - 10:30 p.m.
Cedar River rises to Phase III flood alert
Green river remains at Phase III flood alert level, Tolt at Phase II

Jan. 21, 2011 - 2:15 p.m.
More rain brings Tolt River to Phase II flood alert level; King County monitoring flows
Green River also rising to Phase III flood alert level with dam releases

Jan. 19, 2011
External article, Seattle Times
Runoff turns Elliott Bay into murky stew

Public Meetings: FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps
Auburn, Renton, Kent Jan. 26, Jan. 27, Feb. 7

Jan 17, 2011 - 9:45 a.m.
Cedar River climbs to Phase IV flood alert
Snoqualmie, Green rivers still seeing moderate flooding in areas

Jan 17, 2011 - 4:15 a.m.
Cedar River climbs to Phase III flood alert
Snoqualmie, Green rivers also experiencing moderate flooding in areas

Jan 16, 2011 - 8 p.m.
Cedar River rises to Phase II flood alert
Snoqualmie, Green rivers remain at Phase III flood alert levels

Jan 16, 2011 - 3:50 a.m.
Pineapple Express delivering heavy rain; Snoqualmie River at Phase III flood alert level
King County Flood Warning Center continues to monitor rising rivers

Jan 16, 2011 - 2:45 a.m.
Controlled water releases from dam expected to send Green River to Phase II flood alert level
King County Flood Warning Center open and monitoring minor flood flows

Jan 16, 2011 - 12:30 a.m.
Flood Warning Center opens as river levels rise

Jan 15, 2011 - 10 a.m.
Flood Warning Center closes as river flows drop
Rain later today could lead to re-opening for flood monitoring coordination

Jan. 14, 2011 - 7:45 p.m.
Controlled releases from dam expected to push Green River to Phase II flood alert level
King County Flood Warning Center continues monitoring high flows

Jan. 13, 2011
External opinion, Seattle Times
Time to commit to a wider approach to cleaning up the Duwamish River

Jan. 11, 2011
Nature calls: Help King County Parks plant vegetation, maintain backcountry trails

Dec. 28, 2010
External article, Seattle Times
EPA unveils options for Duwamish cleanup

Dec. 14, 2010
Land use policies help limit damage from landslides and flooding during weekend flooding
Continued investment still needed to prevent sewer overflows; Executive praises personal preparedness and self-reliance of residents

Dec. 13, 2010 - 10:30 p.m.
King County Flood Warning Center closing as river flows continue to drop

Dec. 13, 2010
External article, Seattle Times
Green River levees hold after heavy rain

Dec. 13, 2010 - 8:30 a.m.
Howard Hanson Dam water releases bring Green River to Phase III Flood Alert
Flood water mostly to affect agricultural areas upstream of Auburn; Tolt, Snoqualmie receding, but water taking time to move through system

Dec. 12, 2010 - 2 p.m.
Minor flooding expected along middle Green River as King County continues flood response
Tolt up to Phase IV, Snoqualmie still at Phase III flood alert level

Dec. 10, 2010
King County prepared for wet weather, urges citizens to get ready, stay ready
King County Flood Alerts helps people stay safe during flood season

Dec. 7, 2010
External article, Crosscut
Duwamish River: Should the cleanup make fish safe to eat regularly?

Dec. 5, 2010
Cat adoption fees waived; foster parents needed
Owner-surrendered adult cats temporarily not accepted to keep shelter population low during flood season

Dec. 2, 2010
King County flood preparedness videos available in multiple languages

Nov. 30, 2010
Executive signs updated shoreline protections for rivers, lakes and Puget Sound

Nov. 26, 2010
External article, West Seattle Herald
Boeing's Plant-2 comes down on the Duwamish River leaving a rich history in its wake

Nov. 22, 2010
King County adopts flood control budget
2011 wet season forecasted

Nov. 15, 2010
External article, Seattle P-I
Boeing starts to demolish legendary Plant 2

Nov. 15, 2010
External report, KING5 News
Boeing plant demolition may improve Duwamish river front

Nov. 4, 2010
Brief phone survey of King County floodplain residents aimed at improving safety

Oct. 31, 2010
External column, Seattle Times
Recession, not water creates new King County flood crisis

Oct. 21, 2010
King County watersheds share $1.5 million in salmon habitat protection, restoration grants

Oct. 19, 2010
External article, West Seattle Herald
Public forum on Duwamish River cleanup airs concerns and clarifies goals

Oct. 19, 2010
External report, KPLU audio
Howard Hanson Dam Faces Another Flood Season

Oct. 17, 2010
External article, West Seattle Herald
New Superfund cleanup proposals released for Duwamish River

Oct. 8, 2010
External article, Auburn Reporter
Corps of Engineers awards stimulus-funded contract for Green/Duwamish ecosystem restoration

Oct. 5, 2010
County leaders mark 50 years of flood warning services, urge preparedness
Floodplain residents encouraged to make safety plans, sign up for flood alerts

Sept. 30, 2010
Volunteers needed for Duwamish Alive! habitat restoration event, Oct. 9

Sept. 30, 2010
External article, SunBreak
Touring the Working Duwamish with the Port of Seattle

Sept. 29, 2010
External article, Seattle P-I
Boeing, state reach agreement to clean PCBs from stormwater

Sept. 21, 2010
External report, KOMO News
Fixes coming to hundreds of vandalized Green River sandbags

Sept. 8, 2010
External article, Auburn Reporter
Reduced risk has not slowed preparations for potential flooding from Hanson Dam

Aug. 13, 2010
Debris blocks sewer line, causes brief overflow in south Seattle
Clean-up completed, system operating normally

Aug. 10, 2010
External article, The News Tribune
Howard Hanson Dam flood risk subsiding

Aug. 4, 2010
External article, Seattle Weekly
Best of Seattle 2010: Cari Simson

Aug. 2, 2010
External article, Crosscut
Crosscut Tout: Kayaking the Duwamish River

Aug. 2, 2010
King County quickly responds to wastewater overflow in Seattle

July 30, 2010
External report, King County Blog
Dam good news: money, new drains to protect Green River Valley

July 27, 2010
Behold the beauty of wastewater treatment at South Plant event, Aug. 7
Garden fair, facility tours, compost giveaways, public art and more!

July 27, 2010
External article, Kent Reporter
U.S. House approves $44 million for Hanson Dam repairs to help prevent flooding

July 23, 2010
External article, Seattle Times
U.S. Senate OKs $44 million for Howard Hanson Dam emergency repairs

July 6, 2010
King County gets $3.6 million in grants to improve water quality, protect habitat

June 14, 2010
External report, KUOW
Seattle City Council Ponders Greening Industrial Areas

June 11, 2010
Cold waters and warm weather make for increased drowning risk
Sixteen adult drowning deaths in 2009; no child deaths in two years

June 10, 2010
Clean-water utility earns national environmental awards

June 4, 2010
External article, Auburn Reporter
Study: Farms valued but fewer grace the Auburn area, Green River Valley

May 28, 2010
External article, Kent Reporter
U.S. Senate passes Howard Hanson Dam repair bill

May 19, 2010
External article, Seattle Times
Dioxin questions rise along the Duwamish

May 13, 2010
Constantine thanks Sen. Murray for securing $44 million for critical repairs to Howard Hanson Dam

May 10, 2010
External article, Seattle Times
Wall to fix Howard Hanson Dam could cost $450M

May 6, 2010
Governor, county officials urge federal government to help expedite Howard Hanson Dam repairs
Constantine, Patterson and von Reichbauer join Governor, mayors and business community in seeking funding to reduce Green River Valley flood threat

May 6, 2010
External article, Seattle P-I
Wash. governor, officials lobby for speedy dam fix

May 5, 2010
Executive praises Boeing’s commitment to cleanup of Duwamish Waterway
Urges continued cooperation of all parties to promote cleanup and restoration of federal Superfund site

May 4, 2010
External article, Tacoma News Tribune
Seepage returns to normal at Howard Hanson Dam

April 15, 2010
External article, Seattle Times
Sick Duwamish River could use a little help

April 15, 2010
King County, Green River Valley cities to test emergency notification system
Up to 175,000 businesses and residents to be contacted by phone, text, email

April 9, 2010
External column, Seattle Times
Dams, dikes and dredging: Can we 'fix' our rivers?

April 8, 2010
Infrastructure projects support regional environmental, economic goals
Clean-water investments a priority in 2010

April 1, 2010
King County Flood Control District hazard mitigation draft plan available for review
Public comments are invited on potential hazards and mitigation plans

March 18, 2010
Regional leaders join County Executive to urge federal support for new interim solution proposed for federal Howard Hanson Dam
If $44 million can be found by May 1, Army Corps could have interim fix by fall

March 7, 2010
External article, Seattle Times
FEMA's new flood maps go too far, some cities say

Feb. 5, 2010
Executive praises state Congressional delegation for support of fix for federal Howard Hanson Dam
Letter follows Executive’s request for urgency during recent trip to Wash. D.C .

Feb. 1, 2010
Learn what to do before, during and after a flood

Jan. 20, 2010
External article, Kent Reporter
State, county work to prevent Green River flood pollution from Kent auto-wrecking yard

Jan. 19, 2010
External opinion, Seattle Times
We must protect the Green River valley from flooding

Jan. 12, 2010
External opinion, Seattle Times
New-school techniques to minimize flooding at Mount Rainier and elsewhere

Dec. 17, 2009
External report, KING5 News
Duwamish fish freeway gets rest stop

Nov. 18, 2009
External video, Kent Reporter
Vintage film: The Green River Flood of 1946

Dec. 15, 2009
Constantine makes first inspection of Green River flood zone as King County Executive 
Executive meets with mayors, regional partners, and is briefed by emergency managers

Dec. 15, 2009
King County watersheds share $2.6 million in state grants for salmon habitat protection, restoration

Dec. 4, 2009
Special, no-cost pesticides collection for farmers and small businesses preparing for floods

Dec. 1, 2009
Witness habitat history in the making on the Duwamish River tonight

Nov. 13, 2009
King County adds new alert system to public safety tools for flood season

Middle Green River sandbag event (pdf)
Wednesday, Nov. 11

Nov. 5, 2009
Web site provides one-stop shopping for sandbag distribution sites in King County

Nov. 4, 2009
King County offering free sandbags to residents on Green River’s flood-threatened middle stretch

Nov. 2, 2009
Green River evacuation signs installed

Nov. 2, 2009
External article, Seattle Times
Flood worries rise for Green River's rural neighbors

Oct. 22, 2009
External news, Seattle P-I
King County tests flood barrier to protect plant

Oct. 27, 2009
External news release, City of Tukwila
Unfair Business Practices Reported Relating To Flood Preparations

Oct. 27, 2009
External news release, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Seattle District posts potential flood scenario maps online

Oct. 21, 2009
Hydrilla considered eradicated in two King County lakes after lengthy battle

Oct. 21, 2009
Work under way to protect clean-water infrastructure in Green River flood zone

Oct. 21, 2009
Employees respond to overflow near Interurban Pump Station

Oct. 21, 2009
External article, Seattle Times
Lawmakers want better forecasting for Green River

Oct., 20, 2009
Executive Kurt Triplett commends King County Council for approval of $34.6 million flood funding request

Oct., 19, 2009
External article, Seattle Times
Weekend rain had little effect on Green River dam

Oct. 15, 2009
External report, KIRO News
Free Sandbags In Kent and Auburn

Oct. 15, 2009
External article, Seattle Times
Storm sensors sought for Green River flood forecasts

Oct. 12, 2009
External article, Seattle Times
King Co seeks 'mega-shelters' in case of flood

Oct. 12, 2009
External report, KING5 News
Green River flood could snarl I-5

Oct. 12, 2009
External article, Seattle Times
King Co seeks 'mega-shelters' in case of flood

Oct. 8, 2009
Keep a lid on it! Wastewater agency warns against opening manholes during flooding

Oct. 6, 2009
Green River Trail in Kent to close – making way for giant sandbags

Oct. 5, 2009
External report, KING5 News
Some Green River sandbagging may do more harm

Oct. 5, 2009
Volunteers needed at Duwamish Alive! habitat restoration event, Oct. 17

¡Preparémonos ya!
Peligro de inundaciones en los alrededores del Río Green o Duwamish

Oct. 1, 2009
Flood Awareness Month highlights need for residents to prepare across King County

Sept. 30, 2009
Tree cutting on King County’s Green River levees clears way for advance flood-fight tools

Sept. 30, 2009
External article, Seattle Times
Kent is hosting flood meetings

Sept. 30, 2009
External article, Crosscut
Bigger lessons in the Green River floodplain

Sept. 29, 2009
External article, Seattle Times
Flood insurance dries up for Kent Valley companies

Sept. 29, 2009
External article, Seattle P-I
Murray, Reichert, Smith urge flood preparations

Sept. 28, 2009
External report, KOMO News
Sandbags to line Green River delivered

Sept. 25, 2009
External article, Seattle P-I
Study shows some reduction in Elliott Bay toxins

Sept. 23, 2009
External article, Seattle Times
Army corps buying sandbags for Green River Valley

Sept. 23, 2009
External report, KOMO News
'We are trying to fix a hill and not a dam'

Sept. 21, 2009
External report, KOMO News
Levee work along Green River begins

Sept. 18, 2009
External article, Seattle Times
Green River needs higher levees -- quickly

Sept. 16, 2009
External article, Seattle P-I
Officials plan for worst if Green River floods

Sept. 15, 2009
External report, KUOW News
Officials Step Up Planning for Possible Green River Flooding

Sept. 14, 2009
External report, KING5 News
Lawmakers promise flood aid to Green River Valley

Sept. 14, 2009
Triplett proposes $40 million to shore up Green River levees and prepare county services for potential flood

Sept. 10, 2009
External report, KATU Portland
'Pink fever' brings out salmon fishers, poachers

Sept. 10, 2009
External report, KIRO TV News
Flood Insurance Buyers: Know What Is Covered

Sept. 10, 2009
External report, KING5 News
Flood emergency declared in King County

Sept. 10, 2009
King County declares pre-emptive emergency in preparation for potential Green River flooding

Sept. 10, 2009
External report, KOMO News
King County: Be prepared for the flood

Sept. 9, 2009
External article, Seattle Times
Elections office moving out of flood zone to Boeing Field

Sept. 2, 2009
Green River Valley farmers can learn more about flood safety, dam repairs, at public meetings

Sept. 2, 2009
External article, Seattle P-I
Flood fears may force King Co. Elections dept. move

Executive Office priorities

Aug. 28, 2009
It’s summer: The perfect time to think about … flood insurance?
Don’t wait for flood season; it takes 30 days for a policy to kick in

Aug. 5, 2009
External article, Kent Reporter
Two major repair projects to start at Howard Hanson Dam

Aug. 4, 2009
External article, Seattle P-I
Duwamish River restoration plan moving along

Jul. 28, 2009
Major Duwamish River habitat restoration project will benefit fish, wildlife at North Wind’s Weir

Jul. 20, 2009
Employees repair valve, stop small overflow near Interurban Pump Station

Jul. 14, 2009
Busy flood levee construction season gets under way along King County rivers
Ambitious work schedule follows emergency repairs from winter storms

Jul. 8, 2009
Red River flood responders share lessons learned with King County and area governments preparing for potential Green River Valley Flood

Jul. 8, 2009
Public safeguards in wake of dam concerns include earlier warning of Green River high water

Jul. 7, 2009
Popular clean-water facility tours offered again in July

Jun. 23, 2009
External article, Seattle Times
'Very fast' seepage found at dam upriver from Kent, Renton, Auburn, Tukwila

Jun. 20, 2009
External article, Seattle P-I
Renton wetland opens to wondrous reception

Jun. 20, 2009
External article, Seattle Times
Renton's 130-acre wetland project unveiled

Jun. 15, 2009
Clean-water utility earns national environmental awards

Jun. 11, 2009
Tree removal along King County rivers is prelude to important summer levee-rebuilding projects; County works with federal, state, local agencies to ensure public safety

Jun. 2, 2009
External news release, Wash. DNR
State acquires over 20,000 acres of King County forestland for Common School, UW trusts

Jun. 2, 2009
External release, Wash. Dept. of Ecology
Seattle metal-finishing firm fined $101,000 in tank-collapse case

May 28, 2009
Learn more about proposed open space charter amendment at upcoming public meetings
June 18 at 7 p.m. - Maple Valley Library

May 18, 2009
External article, Seattle P-I
Swine flu return, severe flooding big King County concerns

Volunteer for salmon!

Apr. 16, 2009
Pollution prevention a sound business investment for award-winning companies

Apr. 15, 2009
Volunteer for some good ‘green’ fun this Saturday at Duwamish Alive! event

Mar. 26, 2009
Green River flood safety meeting March 31
Open house, presentations provide public with latest details

  • Meeting notice

Mar. 18, 2009
Public meeting in Auburn: Learn about Howard Hanson Dam, Green River safety March 31

Mar. 15, 2009
External article, Seattle Times
South King County at high risk for flooding

Feb. 3, 2009
King County’s noxious weed list growing
Weed board now requires knotweed control on upper, middle Green River

Jan. 31, 2009
FEMA Opens Disaster Recovery Center In King County

Jan. 31, 2009
External article, Seattle Times
Flooding victims in 8 counties can request federal help

Jan. 30, 2009
Presidential declaration of disaster issued for flood event in King County

Jan. 23, 2009
External article, King 5 News
King County dam compromised in recent weather video

Jan. 20, 2009
King County to keep close eye on Green River as Howard Hanson Dam assessment continues

Jan. 14, 2009
Controlled water releases from dam pushes Green River to Phase III flood alert level

Jan. 13, 2009
King County Flood Warning Center opens as dam releases push Green River higher

Jan. 12, 2009
External article, Seattle Times
King County to open flood-damage hotline

Jan. 12, 2009
External article, Seattle Times
As nature's buffers disappear, flooding becomes routine in Puget Sound region

Jan. 11, 2009
King County crews make progress opening and repairing flood-damage roads and levees
Flood Warning Center closes as river levels drop

Jan. 11, 2009
King County staff and volunteers pull out the stops to help Pacific flood victims clean up

Jan. 10, 2009
Damage assessment and debris removal begin as flooding recedes
King County and city officials help residents clean up flood debris

Jan. 10, 2009
Emergency repairs under way to flood-damaged levees
Safety information available for citizens returning to damaged homes

Jan. 8, 2009
Flood-control dam releases push Green River to Phase III flood alert level

Jan. 8, 2009
Flooding cuts off residents in East King County
Levee upgrades, farm pads keeping residents and animals safer this year

Jan. 7, 2009
Residents, motorists urged to stay safe as King County experiences historic flooding

Jan. 7, 2009
Green, Cedar river levels climb; dangerous levels persist on Tolt, Snoqualmie

Dec. 10, 2008
Upper Green River Watershed protected forever in King County-Plum Creek conservation agreement

Nov. 13, 2008

Green River flows climb; Snoqualmie River very high near Carnation
Flood warning center poised for duty if river flows surge

Nov. 4, 2008
King County ready for wet and wild weather
Flood warning center poised for duty if river flows surge

Oct. 9, 2008
Help restore native fish and wildlife habitat at Duwamish Alive! clean-up, planting event, Oct. 11

Keep the Green River Valley Green!
Tree Planting Oct. 11 & 18

Sept. 28, 2008
External article, Seattle P-I
Dioxin in soil? South Park takes finding in stride
Pollution nothing new to residents

Sept. 24, 2008
Volunteer opportunities abound at third-annual Duwamish Alive! habitat restoration event, Oct. 11

Aug. 11, 2008
External article, Seattle P-I
Inadequate policing puts state's water quality in jeopardy
Fees now fund less than half of staff necessary to monitor pollution

Aug. 5, 2008
Heavy lifting involved in King County habitat restoration project on Newaukum Creek

July 22, 2008
Crews racing to complete emergency levee repairs before winter
Kent levees protect homes, businesses, SR 167

July 22, 2008
External article, Seattle Times
Levee work aimed at flood prevention in Green River valley

July 11, 2008
External opinion, Seattle P-I
Puget Sound: We're the polluters

July 11, 2008
External article, Seattle P-I
County's dilemma: Cut trees or lose federal funds
Greenery on Washington levees must go, feds say

July 9, 2008
Benefiting fish, families and flood protection, Tolt River floodplain project gets under way

CAO Ruling FAQ

July 2, 2008
Log Jam Hazard Threatens Users of the Green River

June 25, 2008
Flood levee repairs get under way throughout King County
First 55 projects undertaken by countywide Flood Control Zone District

May 22, 2008
External article, Seattle Times
Raging Green, Cedar rivers pose dangers to swimmers, boaters

May 19, 2008
External article, Seattle P-I
Boy dead, 2 missing as rivers swell
High, fast waters lead to closure of Green, Cedar

May 17, 2008
Snowmelt keeps flows high as King County continues to monitor dangerous river conditions

May 17, 2008
External report, King 5 news
King Co. officials 'overwhelmed' with water rescues

May 17, 2008
External article, Seattle P-I
Public wasn't notified of toxic waste spill
50,000-gallon tank collapsed March 25

May 14, 2008
External report, King 5 news
Hot weather expected to stress rivers

May 14, 2008
External article, Seattle PI
A pitch to fix Duwamish
Private firm hopes to profit from riverbank restoration

April 19, 2008
Duwamish Alive! clean-up event breathes new life into historic King County waterway

Feb. 20, 2008
Exercise your green thumb in a garden plot; King County rents community garden space in Kent

Dec. 20, 2007
King County watersheds share $8.3 million in state funds for salmon habitat protection, restoration

Dec. 18, 2007
External article, Seattle Times
King County's new flood philosophy: Stop fighting nature

Dec. 17, 2007
External article, Seattle P-I
Harbor Island appeal by state
Board's ruling in Superfund case contested

Dec. 12, 2007
External article, Seattle P-I
Worst contamination from Harbor Island Superfund site will go to landfill

Nov. 30, 2007
External article, Seattle P-I
Runoff called top pollutant in the Sound
Findings prove what many suspected, and may change priorities in cleanup

Nov. 29, 2007
External article, Seattle Times
Bigger floodplain, bigger worries

Nov. 25, 2007
External article, Seattle P-I
A River Lost? Decision time on the Duwamish

Nov. 9, 2007
Absence of hydrilla in two King County lakes could signal victory in battle to eradicate invasive weed

Nov. 7, 2007
Businesses, transportation corridors protected as repairs completed on damaged Green River levee

Nov. 6, 2007
External article, Seattle P-I
Seattle, environmentalists end feud over wetlands
Money may be used at Hamm Creek

Oct. 25, 2007
External article, Seattle Times
$125,000 in pollution fines to help Duwamish salmon

Sept. 12, 2007
External opinion, Seattle PI
Port Of Seattle: Praise a good call

Sept. 11, 2007
External article, Seattle Times
Plan to dump PCB-tainted soil raises concerns

Aug. 6, 2007
King County, Corps of Engineers to rebuild damaged levee
Improvements will protect Kent and hundreds of millions in investments

July 19, 2007
King County adds to regional trail system by finishing new portion of Soos Creek Trail

July 11, 2007
Wastewater treatment utility earns prestigious national awards for environmental protection

May 8, 2007
External article, Seattle Times
Ruckelshaus named to lead Puget Sound cleanup

May 8, 2007
External article, Seattle Times
Puget Sound steelhead declared "threatened"

May 7, 2007
Executive Sims' statement on steelhead listing

Apr.16, 2007
Sims' plan to repair levees moves forward

Mar. 27, 2007
April 16 workshop will provide farmers with tips on obtaining permits

Mar. 16, 2007
Sixth-annual Small Farm Expo slated for March 24 in Enumclaw

Mar. 15, 2007
Annual Duwamish Alive! clean-up effort needs volunteers

Mar. 12, 2007, 12 noon
Phase II flood alerts issued for Green, White rivers

Jan. 26, 2006
King County hosts Enumclaw public workshop for shoreline management review, Feb. 7

Jan. 17, 2006
External article, Seattle Times
Seattle trying to woo salmon back downtown with park's seawall makeover

Jan. 16, 2007
King County's flood protection gets boost from County Council's unanimous vote

Dec. 12, 2006
King County watersheds get $1.5 million from state for salmon habitat conservation, restoration

Dec. 11, 2006
Trees along Green River levee must be removed to avoid damage to flood-prevention structure

Nov. 9, 2006, 4:30pm
Sims proposes to waive disposal fees for residents with flood damage

Nov. 9, 2006, 2:30pm
River flows dropping, flood patrol teams monitoring rivers

Nov. 8, 2006, 7:30am
Dangerous conditions persist even as river levels drop

Nov. 7, 2006, 10pm
Green, Cedar flows remain high

Nov. 7, 2006, 9:45pm
Executive Sims visits flooded areas in King County

Nov. 7, 2006, 4:45pm
Need for residents to report flood damages

Nov. 7, 2006, 4:15pm
Flood levels rise on Cedar, Green rivers

Nov. 7, 2006, 2pm
Sims: Heavy rain, historic flooding underscore need for flood-protection upgrades

Nov. 6, 2006
King County Executive issues emergency proclamation due to river system flooding

Nov. 3, 2006
King County ready to protect people, property from floodwaters

Oct. 30, 2006
Sims: Predictions of warmer, wetter winters heighten need for flood-protection upgrades

Oct. 17, 2006
USDA Rural Development to present grant to King County for renewable energy project

Sept 28, 2006
External link, Seattle P-I
Green River Gorge: 'There's really no other place like it'

Aug. 10, 2006
Get connected to clean water and family fun at the Duwamish River Festival on Aug. 12

Executive Proposed 2006 King County Flood Hazard Management Plan
Water and Land Resources Division

June 26, 2006
External link, Seattle P-I
John Beal: 1950-2006: River steward never backed down

Apr. 12, 2006
Help restore the Duwamish River this Earth Day
Volunteers can plant native vegetation at Duwamish Waterway Park, other areas

March 8, 2006
External link, Seattle Times
Green River levees slowly deteriorating

Small Farm Expo
March 18 at the King County Fairgrounds in Enumclaw

Feb. 9, 2006
King County offers volunteer opportunities on trail, environmental restoration projects

Feb. 2, 2006
King County hosts draft flood hazard management plan meetings Feb. 13 in North Bend, Feb. 16 in Auburn

Jan. 12, 2006
King County responding to wet weather, flooding

Jan. 11, 2006, 4:30 p.m.
King County Flood Warning Center monitoring flows as Green, White rivers stay at Phase Three alert status

Jan. 10, 2006, 10:30 p.m.
King County Flood Warning Center raises flood alert level on Green River, Issaquah Creek

Jan. 10, 2006, 11:15 a.m.
King County Flood Warning Center expands flood alerts to Green, White rivers

Dec. 27, 2005
King County crews responding to fuel spill at Black River Pumping Station

Dec. 23, 2005
External Link, Seattle P-I
Duwamish River doesn't stay clean

Nov. 21, 2005
Public invited to South Park landfill redevelopment meeting, Nov. 30

Nov. 15, 2005
Seattle Post Intelligencer
Clean, new life envisioned for old South Park dump

How you can take part in helping the Duwamish
Events Nov. 5 and Dec. 3.

Oct. 21, 2005
King County offers Duwamish communities natural solutions to protect the waterway, enhance yards

Fall for SalmonFall for Salmon

Oct. 21, 2005
External link, King County Journal
Homecoming at the hatchery
The coho are back, and there's just one thing on their minds

Oct. 19, 2005
Best in the nation floodplain management rating

Oct. 3, 2005
Sims says innovative deal will conserve land, boost recreation, protect Black Diamond's character

Four decades of clean water: the History of King County Wastewater Treatment

August 17, 2005
Convenient Assistance on Rural Stewardship Planning
this fall in Black Diamond and Carnation

August 5, 2005
Duwamish crab, fish unsafe to eat, state warns

July 28, 2005
Get a Free Car Wash Kit and Keep Pollution Out of Streams and Puget Sound

July 26, 2005
External link, King County Journal
`Rural Majority' working to protect land, quality of life

June 21, 2005
Learn how to fight green invaders
King County offers Noxious Weed Workshop for rural landowners

June 7, 2005
Landmark agreement new model for conservation
Conserves open space, protects working forests, fosters recreational improvements and promotes planned community growth

March 14, 2005
Sims hires rural liaison

March 9, 2005
'Global warming-like' conditions prompt Sims to lay out King County's immediate, future water planning efforts
Executive says King County won't hesitate to enact drought-response plan

Feb. 25, 2005
Small Farm Expo on March 19 puts tools for success in the hands of small acreage landowners

Feb. 1, 2005
Community open house Feb. 10 on preferred route for sewer line between Covington, Kent

Feb. 1, 2005
King County replacing sewer line along C Street S.W. in Auburn

4 p.m. Jan. 18, 2005
Flood alerts issued for Green and White rivers in south King County

» Critical Areas Package - CAO Resources
» Aquatic Areas Fact Sheet (Acrobat PDF)

South King County Rivers Cybertour (external link)

Dec. 15, 2004
King County planning follow-up sediment cleanup in lower Duwamish River

Nov. 10, 2004
StormReady designation rewards King County's nationally-acclaimed work serving flood-prone areas

Waterworks Gardens
King County, WA, makes the public aware of stormwater infrastructure in an unexpected place

Feb. 20, 2004
South County celebrates federal funds to help salmon in Green/Duwamish River

Feb. 18, 2004
Federal funds to help salmon in Green/Duwamish River

Feasibility Study: Anaerobic Digesters for King County Dairies

Jan. 23, 2004
County workers stop small wastewater overflow into Duwamish Waterway

Jan. 21, 2004
Panther Creek drainage improvement project gives Kent area drivers more peace of mind

Nov. 29, 2003
(External Link, Seattle P-I)
Georgetown pollution cleanup under way
Chemicals have tainted groundwater

Nov. 10, 2003
Contaminated sediment cleanup begins in Duwamish River

Sept. 29, 2003
Council Calls for Action to Protect Duwamish

Aug 20, 2003
King County and Tacoma Water partnership will restore crucial habitat along Green River

May 7, 2003
Salmon recovery projects in King County awarded $2.6 million in grants

Apr. 29, 2003
New county service center opens

Desimone Levee Planting
Microsoft employees volunteer to improve fish and wildlife habitat

October 25, 2002
Time to prepare for flood season

October 11, 2002
New King County committees strive to protect region's groundwater

September 18, 2002
Sims recommends protection of ecological lands
Protection of habitat lands critical to endangered fish and other wildlife that represent high priorities on Icy Creek in the Upper Green River and Newaukum Creek near Enumclaw.

August 5, 2002
Duwamish sites proposed for early clean up
Unique partnership volunteers to begin improving health of Duwamish

August 5, 2002
(External Link, Seattle Post Intelligencer)
Getting Involved: Duwamish River Cleanup

June 24, 2002
(External Link, Seattle Post Intelligencer)
Kayakers observe a river of reality where cleanup efforts run upstream

June 6, 2002
River users cautioned to plan ahead before taking the plunge

March 20, 2002
(External Link, South County Journal)
Landmark deal aims to save salmon - County, feds work to restore habitat; funds yet to flow in

January 31, 2002
Kent students learn about environmental volunteerism, get surprising lesson about vandalism

January 28, 2002
County Gives Green Light to $120 Million in Habitat Restoration Projects

Land and Water steward training: applications due February 22, 2002

November 9, 2001
Partnership Spawns Purchase of Critical Duwamish Salmon Habitat

August 24, 2001
King County premiers high tech flood protection in Enumclaw

August 8, 2001
(External Link, Seattle Post Intelligencer)
Waste company fined $1 million

July 11, 2001
(External Link, Seattle Post Intelligencer)
Last, best salmon rivers are listed
Study finds places that can be saved

May 16, 2001
Budget & Fiscal Management Committee Approves Money for Emergency Drainage Repair

February 1, 2001
King County announces Green River acquisition
King County has acquired 40 acres of open space and salmon habitat along the Green River east of Auburn.

December 1, 2000
Boosting Green River flood protection, recreation, and habitat
King County, Boeing Company, and City of Kent work together

An Earth Legacy Result November 14, 2000
Salmon using newly restored Hamm Creek channel

October 19, 2000
Volunteers needed November 4 and 11 in South King County for Green River Restoration

September 20, 2000
(External Lnk, South County Journal)
Washington Fish & Wildlife Salmon Count on the Green River

August 3, 2000
Sheriff Closes Part of Green River to Recreation Because of Danger to Public

June 27, 2000
Green River Logjam Creates Drowning Hazard

April 19, 2000
Port of Seattle, King County, the City of Seattle and the Boeing Company partner to evaluate potential clean-up of Duwamish River.

Restoring Hamm Creek
King County and the US Army Corps of Engineers sign an agreement to daylight the last 1000 feet of Hamm Creek and create a new intertidal area for juvenile salmon.