Natural Resources and Parks
Power outage causes brief pump station overflow in South Seattle
A power outage that affected 7,000 homes and businesses in South Seattle on Saturday night led to a sewage overflow at King County's South Henderson Pump Station. King County reported the overflow to health and regulatory agencies and will monitor water quality in Lake Washington near Beer Sheva Park for the next several days.
Heavy rain brings Snoqualmie River up to Phase 3 flood alert level, with widespread Valley flooding
The King County Flood Warning Center, which opened at 8:45 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 28 to monitor rising rivers, has issued a Phase 3 flood alert for the Snoqualmie River, with the potential for widespread flooding in much of the Snoqualmie Valley.
Tolt River joins Snoqualmie River at minor flood phase; King County Flood Warning Center monitoring flows
The King County Flood Warning Center has issued a Phase 2 flood alert for the rain-swollen Tolt River, where minor flooding could occur. The Flood Warning Center opened at 8:45 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 28 as heavy rainfall brought sharp rises to river levels this morning.
King County Flood Warning Center opens to monitor minor flooding on Snoqualmie River
The King County Flood Warning Center opened at 8:45 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 28, after heavy rainfall brought the Snoqualmie River up to a Phase 2 flood alert level.
'Don’t Drip and Drive’ campaign wins National Environmental Achievement Award
King and Pierce counties have won the National Association of Clean Water Agencies’ (NACWA) National Environmental Achievement Award for Excellence in Public Information and Education with their jointly-managed “Don’t Drip and Drive” campaign.
King County’s soon-to-come environmental research vessel has a name: ‘SoundGuardian’
The voters have spoken, selecting “SoundGuardian” as the official moniker of King County’s new twin-hulled research boat that will begin operating in June. The SoundGuardian will aid the work of County field scientists who monitor regional water quality and respond to environmental emergencies, and replace an aging vessel in service since the 1970s.
Free outreach program teaches about food waste prevention and curbside composting
Learn which materials are accepted in curbside composting and recycling, and how to keep edible food from going to waste, with the King County Master Recycler Composter (MRC) volunteer training in Kent.
Crews work to repair sewer line leak in West Seattle
King County utility crews are working Friday morning to repair a small sewer line leak detected last night near the Alki Lighthouse in West Seattle. The County reported the leak to health and regulatory agencies and posted signs warning people to avoid affected areas along Beach Drive Southwest.
Reminder: Jan. 28 open house for Dockton Forest mountain bike trail project plans
Building on community input and dialogue gathered during two earlier public meetings, King County Parks and the Vashon Mountain Bike Association (VMBA) are ready to present their final recommendations for new trails in Dockton Forest.
Heavy rains cause manhole overflow in Bothell
Crews with King County’s Wastewater Treatment Division responded Thursday afternoon to a wastewater overflow from a manhole on the North Creek Interceptor, a major regional sewer line serving the Bothell area since 1970. A project that is now underway to add more capacity in the line is scheduled for completion in fall 2016.
Nominations sought for King County’s Earth Heroes at School awards program
King County is seeking nominations for the Earth Heroes at School program which recognizes students, teachers, staff, school volunteers, programs and even entire schools that are doing the important work of protecting the environment and teaching others to do the same.
Shake off short-day blues and banish winter boredom at Brightwater Center events
King County, Snohomish County District and IslandWood will host a series of winter workshops and fun educational activities for the whole family at Brightwater Center through March. Take a treatment plant tour, learn about a bug’s life, and prepare your garden for a lush, chemical-free summer with natural yard care tips.
Runoff vote on research vessel open through Jan. 19
King County is hosting a final runoff vote in its “Name the Vessel” contest through noon on Jan. 19. The contest is open to new and previous voters, who will be able to choose the winner from the top two finalists.
Peace Lutheran Church celebrating new RainWise garden and cistern installations on Jan. 23
Peace Lutheran Church in West Seattle is celebrating its new cisterns and rain garden installations during a ribbon cutting ceremony on Jan. 23 at 10 a.m. Neighbors and members of other community establishments are invited to celebrate and learn more about the RainWise Program.
King County approves recycling facilities ahead of construction and demolition disposal ban
Taking another step toward reducing waste, King County is increasing the number of private businesses that can take readily recyclable construction and demolition (C&D) material.