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Provides a record of historic news, reports, data, activities, grants and organizations related to the White River and the area draining into it. For current news, visit the White River Watershed home page.

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

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

Jun. 10, 2013
Executive thanks Governor for Smart Communities award recognizing completion of wall against sprawl

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

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

April 8, 2013
County Council acts to keep largest piece of unprotected forestland remaining in King County from development

March 21, 2013
Executive Constantine reaches agreement to conserve largest piece of unprotected forestland remaining in King County

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

Oct. 10, 2012
Levee projects on White River increase flood safety near King-Pierce county line

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

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

Jul. 9, 2012
External article, Auburn Reporter
Flows on the White River to be reduced over the next few days

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

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

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

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

Oct. 12, 2011
King County Agriculture Commission to focus on equestrians at Oct. 20 Enumclaw meeting

Oct. 6, 2011
Flood-fighting pumps returning to Pacific as King County prepares for storm season

2010 Accomplishments, Green Building Program (Acrobat pdf)
Includes the platinum level project, Lower Boise Creek Channel Restoration, managed by King County Water and Land Resources Division

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

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

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

Jan. 24, 2011
External article, Auburn Reporter
Pacific passes first flood threat, plans to review response with officials

Jan. 14, 2011
External article, The News Tribune
Heavy rain could lead to flooding in area rivers

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

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

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. 6, 2010
External article, The News Tribune
A comprehensive look at the future of flooding

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. 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. 29, 2010
Ag Commission headed to Enumclaw Plateau to explore future of King County farming

Oct. 29, 2010
External article, The News Tribune
New life begins for Hylebos Creek

Oct. 5, 2010
King County adds pumps to its flood fight for City of Pacific this flood season

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

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

June 19, 2010
External article, Federal Way Mirror
Friends of the Hylebos downsizes; conservation efforts will continue

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

May 5, 2010
External article, Auburn Reporter
Constantine huddles with Pacific leaders

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

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

Jan. 3, 2010
External article, Seattle Times
Rainier's rocks are filling riverbeds

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

Oct. 7, 2009
King County, Army Corps of Engineers bringing extra flood protection to Pacific

Sept. 17, 2009 public meeting
White River flood safety information presentation

Apr. 21, 2009
External opinion, Seattle Times
Lake Tapps, water for fish, cities and recreation

Mar. 24, 2009
External article, Seattle Times
March 31 is deadline to apply for storm-damage assistance

Mar. 13, 2009
Wastemobile visits Federal Way March 20-22

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. 27, 2009
King County residents affected by flooding can receive vouchers for free flood debris disposal

Jan. 26, 2009
External article, Seattle Times
Flood maps missed mark; Pacific homeowners got soaked

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. 11, 2009
King County responds to urgent needs of Pacific flood victims in first steps of recovery
Silt from the White River leaves mess for almost 100 homeowners

Jan. 8, 2009
White River reaches Phase III flood alert level as flood-control dam releases raise flows

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

Dec. 12, 2008
Next phase of habitat restoration work starts soon at Snoqualmie River’s Chinook Bend

Nov. 13, 2008
White River rising to Phase II flood alert level as flood control dam creates storage capacity

Oct. 14, 2008
Oct. 22 meeting in Enumclaw set to discuss new flood maps, flood study for the White River

July 27, 2008
External opinion, Seattle Times
Water for fish and cities

July 11, 2008
External opinion, Seattle Times
The land clash: Can we preserve the green?

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

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

March 2, 2008
External News, Seattle Times
Protecting land's natural beauty

Feb. 12, 2008
Acquiring land on Enumclaw Plateau’s Mt. Peak protects open space, enhances public access

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

Aug. 31, 2007
External News, Seattle Times
White River dam blocks thousands of pink salmon

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. 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

March 2, 2008
External News, Seattle Times
Protecting land's natural beauty

Feb. 12, 2008
Acquiring land on Enumclaw Plateau’s Mt. Peak protects open space, enhances public access

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

Aug. 31, 2007
External News, Seattle Times
White River dam blocks thousands of pink salmon

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. 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

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. 9, 2006, 7:30am
Planned water releases continue

Nov. 8, 2006, 4:30pm
White River flows increase, creating moderate flooding conditions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mar. 14, 2005
Sims hires rural liaison

Mar. 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

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)

Sept. 23, 2004
Three-Day Wastemobile Event comes to Federal Way

Feasibility Study: Anaerobic Digesters for King County Dairies

Oct. 8, 2003
External link - Seattle Times
Tacoma bay's cleanup closer to conclusion