Natural Resources and Parks
Bellevue-King County solid waste agreement helps keep rates low, enhances customer service
The City of Bellevue’s decision to remain in the King County solid waste system until 2040 helps ensure disposal rates will remain as low as possible throughout the county, and helps the King County Solid Waste Division provide its customers with a wide array of solid waste disposal and recycling services.
Learn more about Cedar Hills Regional Landfill on landfill tour, at community meeting
Learn more about King County’s Cedar Hills Regional Landfill by taking a guided tour of the facility on Nov. 4, and attending a community meeting in Issaquah on Nov. 8.
Celebrate the 20-million gallon RainWise milestone at Fairview Christian School, Oct. 27
Celebrate community and clean water at a public rain garden celebration sponsored by the RainWise Program and hosted at Fairview Christian School on Friday, Oct. 27 at 3:30 p.m. The installation marks a major milestone for the program as its rain gardens and cisterns now successfully control over 20 million gallons of polluted runoff each year.
Sewer repair work to restrict traffic along Lake Hills Boulevard in Bellevue
Work to repair a sewer line break in Bellevue is set to begin on Oct. 26 and may take up to three days to complete.
Redeveloped Factoria Recycling and Transfer Station enhances recycling and disposal options
With the multi-year modernization project at King County’s new Factoria Recycling and Transfer Station in Bellevue completed, customers now have more recycling and disposal options than ever.
King County closes Flood Warning Center, but will continue to monitor river levels, weather forecasts
The King County Flood Warning Center closed at 8 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 22, following nearly 24 hours of operation in response to flooding along the Snoqualmie, South Fork Skykomish and Tolt rivers.
King County Flood Warning Center issues Phase 3 flood alert for Snoqualmie River
The King County Flood Warning Center, which opened at 10:45 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21 to monitor rising river levels, has issued a Phase 3 flood alert for the Snoqualmie River. Flooding is possible across several areas of the Snoqualmie Valley. A Phase 2 flood alert has also been issued for the Tolt River, where minor flooding is possible.
King County Flood Warning Center opens to monitor minor flooding on Snoqualmie River
The King County Flood Warning Center opened at 10:45 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21, after several hours of heavy rain brought minor flooding to the Snoqualmie River.
From spikes to bikes: King County begins trail work on Eastside Rail Corridor in Renton
At a ceremonial spike-pulling event Tuesday, King County and its partners celebrated the start of rail removal on two sections of the Eastside Rail Corridor and, more importantly, five miles of new public trail expected to open by the end of the year.
13 projects get salmon restoration funding in Snoqualmie, S. Fork Skykomish watersheds
Thirteen projects that support salmon recovery in the Snoqualmie and South Fork Skykomish watersheds have been awarded $872,286 in Cooperative Watershed Management grants.
Convenient Trailhead Direct service wraps up successful first season Oct. 14-15
The final weekend of convenient transit van service to Issaquah Alps trailheads is here, and the two King County agencies that launched Trailhead Direct say the service will return next spring – possibly with serving more trailheads along the I-90 corridor.
1 Million Trees: King County gets growing with tree-planting event at Marymoor Park
Through the 1 Million Trees initiative, King County and its partners are encouraging residents to sign up for a series of upcoming tree-planting events and contribute to efforts to confront carbon pollution and improve communities. The initiative aims to plant a million trees in the county by the end of 2020.
Wastemobile ends 2017 household hazardous waste collection season in Bothell, Oct. 20-22
Safely dispose of your old car batteries, oil, paint thinner and many other household hazardous items at no cost when the Wastemobile visits Bothell, Oct. 20-22. This is the Wastemobile’s final collection event of 2017.
King County officials urge preparedness as ‘La Niña’ forecast could amplify river flooding
Images of people as they are rescued from homes and cars inundated by rising floodwaters in Texas, Puerto Rico and elsewhere underscore why preparation and awareness of flood hazards are so important. And with climate scientists calling for a “La Niña” winter weather pattern to soak the Pacific Northwest, King County and the King County Flood Control District proclaimed October as Flood Awareness Month.
Seventh-annual ‘I Love the Cedar River’ community meeting set for Oct. 19
King County, the King County Flood Control District and the Cedar River Council are co-hosting the seventh-annual public meeting about the Cedar River from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19, at the Lake Wilderness Lodge in Maple Valley.
Seattle City Light grant will ‘solar energize’ Steve Cox Memorial Park Community Center
On National Energy Efficiency Day, King County is celebrating a $120,000 Green Up grant from Seattle City Light that will help bring 206 solar panels to the Steve Cox Memorial Park Community Center roof and help the historic King County Parks facility in diverse White Center achieve zero-net electricity status.
Bond rating boost, refinancing saves $41.2 million for King County sewer utility ratepayers
Long-term investments in vital clean-water infrastructure will now come with a lower cost for King County sewer utility ratepayers. A credit rating upgrade ahead of a $154.6 million bond refinancing will bring $41.2 million in savings over the next 17 years.
Wastemobile household hazardous waste collection comes to Renton, Oct. 13-15
Safely dispose of your old car batteries, oil, paint thinner and many other household hazardous items at no cost when the Wastemobile visits Renton, Oct. 13-15.
Following public input, King County proceeds with modified Island Center Forest deer hunt
With significant input from the community and to ensure public safety, King County Parks will limit deer hunting in Island Center Forest on Vashon Island to the latter-half of October, during which time no other access of the designated forestland will be allowed.
New trailhead in the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River Valley provides recreation access
A new trailhead built through a King County Parks partnership means better public recreation access to miles of public lands in the beautiful Middle Fork Snoqualmie River Valley.