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Vote to name King County’s new environmental research vessel through Dec. 24


From now until Dec. 24, residents can vote on a name for King County’s new 48-foot environmental research vessel, which will be used by county field scientists to collect samples and respond to environmental emergencies. The winner will be announced in January.


King County seeks your vote on a name for its new 48-foot environmental research vessel, which county field scientists will use to collect samples in Puget Sound, Lake Washington and the Duwamish River and respond to spills. The twin-hulled catamaran will launch next spring.

After receiving and evaluating 93 naming entries submitted by King County residents in a contest launched last month, the top three names advanced to the voting round:

  • SoundGuardian
  • SeaKing
  • Cascadia

Residents can vote for their top choice at through Dec. 24. The winner will be announced on Jan. 4 and receive a plaque recognizing their contribution, as well as tour of the new boat when it officially begins service in the summer of 2016.

The vessel will replace The Liberty, which has been in operation for nearly 40 years.

King County field scientists will use the new vessel to collect water, biological and sediment samples required under state and federal laws to keep the environment safe and healthy for people and wildlife.

The new vessel, which will enable employees to do more work in less time, will also be able to respond much more quickly to environmental emergencies such as illegal spills and dumping, toxic algae blooms, fish kills and beach erosion.

For more information about the mission of King County’s Environmental Lab, please visit