Natural Resources and Parks
King County hosting meetings June 12 and 13 on use of large wood in river projects
Learn about upcoming King County projects that involve placing large wood in rivers or streams at public meetings scheduled for June 12 and June 13 in Issaquah and Renton.
King County Executive announces legislation to accelerate open space protection, improve regional trails and green space access
Increasing regional trail miles and links for improved mobility, health and recreation are among benefits highlighted by King County Executive Dow Constantine as he outlined an urgent case for the Land Conservation Initiative. The Executive proposed legislation today as an early action aimed at hastening open space investment and improving green space access for all communities.
King County: It’s a race against time to protect remaining natural lands, green spaces
The “Save Weyerhaeuser Campus” campaign in Federal Way is highlighted as King County Executive Dow Constantine lays out an urgent case for the Land Conservation Initiative and proposes legislation aimed at hastening open space investment to improve green space access across a rapidly developing county.
Wastemobile household hazardous waste collection in Kent-Covington, June 8-10
Safely dispose of old car batteries, oil, paint thinner and many other household hazardous items at no cost when the Wastemobile comes to the Kent-Covington area, June 8-10.
Still time to register for King County Parks’ Big Backyard 5K, June 3 in Marymoor Park
Join with friends, family, and fellow outdoors enthusiasts in a fun event that supports King County Parks – the Big Backyard 5K presented by Kaiser Permanente, Sunday, June 3 at Marymoor Park.
BECU Movies@Marymoor summer lineup offers variety entertainment, big-screen flicks
The BECU Movies@Marymoor kicks off its 14th season of weekly outdoor entertainment and summertime movies at King County’s Marymoor Park on June 28.
Wastemobile visits Enumclaw for household hazardous waste collection, June 1-3
Safely dispose of old car batteries, oil, paint thinner and many other household hazardous items at no cost when the Wastemobile comes to Enumclaw, June 1-3.
Wastemobile visits Bothell for household hazardous waste collection, May 18-20
Safely dispose of old car batteries, oil, paint thinner and many other household hazardous items at no cost when the Wastemobile comes to Bothell, May 18-20.
Wastemobile visits Kirkland for household hazardous waste collection, May 11-13
Safely dispose of old car batteries, oil, paint thinner and many other household hazardous items at no cost when the Wastemobile comes to Kirkland, May 11-13.
Taking emergency action to prevent the possible extinction of the native kokanee salmon
The Lake Sammamish kokanee – a culturally and biologically significant salmon species – appears to be closer than ever to extinction. A work group created by King County has recommended a series of immediate and long-range actions to protect the salmon popularly known as “the little red fish.”
Maury gravel mine site restoration continues as King County preparing fence removal
Work is about to get underway to remove an old chain link and barb wire fence along the boundary of the former gravel mine that is now part of King County Parks’ Maury Island Natural Area.
Duwamish River water quality project earns major federal funding
A low interest loan from the Environmental Protection Agency will save King County sewer utility ratepayers over $30 million on a project that will protect water quality in the Duwamish River and spur economic investment in nearby communities. King County received $134.5 million in funding through EPA’s highly competitive Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act Program.
Earth Day 2018: King County offers volunteer events to support a healthy environment
Proclaiming April 22 “Earth Action Day,” King County encourages residents to volunteer to restore habitat, take on more planet-friendly lifestyles, or get outdoors with Trailhead Direct.
King County forms task force to seek solutions to China recycling import restrictions
King County has formed a task force with representatives from cities, solid waste haulers, and others to improve recycling in light of new rules that have severely restricted what collected recyclables China will accept for processing.
Students, teachers and others to be honored with King County Earth Heroes at School awards
The environmental work of students, teachers, and other members of the school community in King County will be honored at King County’s Earth Heroes at School ceremony in May.
King County Flood Warning Center closes as flows subside on Tolt River
King County’s Flood Warning Center closed at 4:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 15, following a brief opening to monitor high flows on the Tolt River. Workers will continue to monitor river gages and weather forecasts.
King County Flood Warning Center opens to monitor minor flooding on Tolt River
King County’s Flood Warning Center opened at 12:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 15, as widespread heavy rainfall brought the Tolt River up to a minor flood level. The Flood Warning Center will remain open as long as high flows are present on any King County rivers.
King County seeks citizens to serve on panel overseeing open space acquisition, protection
Two positions are open on the King County Conservation Futures Citizen Oversight Committee, which helps the County Council and County Executive make decisions on open space acquisition or preservation.
Popular transit service to the Issaquah Alps returns with locations in Seattle and more trailhead options
A popular public-private partnership that provides direct transit service to hiking destinations Issaquah Alps will return April 21 with expanded service from Seattle to more trailheads. On May 19, a second transit service to Mount Si and Mount Teneriffe near North Bend will start at Sound Transit’s Capitol Hill Link light rail station.
Celebrate a new RainWise installation at Samaritan Center of Puget Sound, April 10
Celebrate community and clean water at a public celebration sponsored by the RainWise Program and hosted at Samaritan Center of Puget Sound on Tuesday, April 10, at noon.
Pacific Park along White River opens in April with seasonal flood barrier removal
As the region transitions from winter’s heightened threat of flooding to milder spring weather, temporary flood protection barriers along a park in the City of Pacific will soon be removed.
Wastemobile comes to Vashon for household hazardous waste collection, April 13-15
Safely dispose of old car batteries, oil, paint thinner and many other household hazardous items at no cost when the Wastemobile comes to Vashon-Maury Island, April 13-15.
Wastemobile household hazardous waste collection in Redmond, April 6-8
Safely dispose of old car batteries, oil, paint thinner and many other household hazardous items at no cost when the Wastemobile comes to Redmond, April 6-8.
Crews respond to non-toxic construction clay spill near Lake Sammamish
A King County sewer utility contractor working on a pipeline construction project near Lake Sammamish in Bellevue reported a small non-toxic construction clay spill Thursday night. Cleanup is underway and the incident poses no risk to public health.
Overnight work scheduled for King County sewer upgrade project in Bellevue
King County sewer utility crews are scheduled to work up to 24 hours straight on a time-sensitive project to install a new 1,600-foot sewer pipeline beneath a section of Southeast 38th Street in Bellevue. The installation is weather-dependent and expected to begin on March 16.
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