Natural Resources and Parks
Recycle Christmas trees at one of many convenient King County locations
With the holidays winding down, King County residents have many convenient options to recycle Christmas trees for little or no cost.
Update: Medina Beach Park re-opens to water access; tests show no health threat
Medina Beach Park re-opened to water access on Monday, Dec. 23, after multiple water-quality tests following a Dec. 20 wastewater overflow showed no public health threat.
As the rainfall eases and river flows stabilize, King County closes Flood Warning Center
King County’s Flood Warning Center closed at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 21, after monitoring moderate flooding along the Snoqualmie and Tolt rivers. County workers will continue to monitor river gauges and weather forecasts.
Heavy rains cause overflow into Lake Washington from King County’s Medina Pump Station
King County Wastewater Treatment Division’s Medina Pump Station experienced an overflow as a result of heavy rains in the service area on Friday, Dec. 20. The pump station was operating properly but flows exceeded station capacity, and an overflow occurred for approximately four hours.
Snoqualmie River up to Phase 3 flood alert as rain continues to push King County river flows higher
The King County Flood Warning Center has issued a Phase 3 flood alert for the Snoqualmie River, with moderate flooding likely across portions of the Snoqualmie Valley. A Phase 3 flood alert remains in effect for the Tolt River, which spilled its banks in the early hours of Friday, Dec. 20.
King County Flood Warning Center: Phase 3 flood alert for Tolt River, Phase 2 for Snoqualmie River
The King County Flood Warning Center has issued a Phase 3 flood alert for the Tolt River, with moderate flooding possible upstream of Carnation. The Flood Warning Center has also issued a Phase 2 flood alert for the Snoqualmie River, where minor flooding is now possible in low-lying areas of the Snoqualmie Valley.
King County Flood Warning Center opens to monitor minor flooding along Tolt River
The King County Flood Warning Center opened at 2:45 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 20, to minor flooding along the Tolt River, as a powerful atmospheric river brought heavy rainfall to a wide swath of western Washington.
King County WaterWorks grants funding 69 community projects to protect, improve water quality in 2020
King County’s WaterWorks Grant Program is fulfilling its mission to invest in clean water and community partnerships. An ordinance authorizing funding for 69 new community projects was recently approved by the King County Council.
State adoption of King County solid waste comprehensive plan clears way for improved regional solid waste management
With the Washington State Department of Ecology’s formal adoption of King County’s 2019 Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Plan, the County and its 37 partner cities can now embark on carefully outlined goals to increase regional recycling, expand services and modernize facilities, and identify options for waste disposal after the Cedar Hills Regional Landfill reaches capacity.
King County seeks information on environmentally innovative uses for industrial property on Harbor Island
King County’s Solid Waste Division invites parties interested in leasing industrial space on Harbor Island in Seattle to respond to a request for information that could help develop a large-scale reuse and recycling operation. Responses are due Dec. 10.
New King County invasive weed control project to help White Center green space with workshop, work party
Two community events are planned to support a neighborhood restoration project of the green space at Seola Pond in White Center: a Nov. 21 community workshop and open house and a Dec. 7 volunteer planting event.
Volunteer with King County and plant trees this fall to improve habitat, achieve goal of 1 Million Trees by 2020
King County is offering volunteer opportunities where people can lend a hand in reaching a 1 million tree planting goal by 2020 and in keeping the county healthy and green in the face of a changing climate. Fall is the perfect time to improve habitat, beautify landscaping, or restore damaged lands by planting native trees and shrubs.
Trailhead reopens at Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park after King County repairs small sinkhole in parking lot
The Red Town Trailhead and parking lot at King County’s Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park is open to public access following a brief closure to repair a sinkhole.
Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park’s Red Town Trailhead closed while King County assesses sinkhole in parking lot
Out of an abundance of caution, King County has closed the Red Town Trailhead at Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park to public access while the county determines an appropriate repair to a small sinkhole that has appeared in the trailhead parking lot. Park visitors are encouraged to use nearby Sky Country Trailhead for access to Cougar Mountain.
Proposals sought to reduce waste, increase recycling and reuse of construction and demolition materials
King County’s Solid Waste Division has launched a $700,000 grant program to fund proposals supporting regional efforts to reduce waste and encourage the recycling and reuse of construction and demolition materials. A pre-bid meeting for prospective proposers will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 29, at 10:30 a.m. in the Chinook Building, 401 Fifth Ave., Third Floor, Seattle.
Storm damage to Pinnacle Peak Park’s Cal Magnusson Trail; Visitors advised to access park’s trails via southern trailhead
A washout along Cal Magnusson Trail in Pinnacle Peak Park must be repaired before hikers can once again use the popular route – and King County Parks is advising visitors to access the park’s trail system through the Southern Trailhead.
King County Flood Warning Center closes as rainfall eases and river flows recede
King County’s Flood Warning Center is closing at 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 22, following more than 24 hours of continuous operation in response to major flooding along the Snoqualmie River and moderate flooding on the Tolt River. Workers will continue to monitor river gages and weather forecasts.
King County Flood Warning Center issues Phase 4 flood alert for Snoqualmie River, with possible widespread flooding in valley
The King County Flood Warning Center has issued a Phase 4 flood alert for the Snoqualmie River, with widespread flooding possible across large portions of the Snoqualmie Valley. The Flood Warning Center has been monitoring flood conditions since opening early in the evening on Monday, Oct. 21.
King County Flood Warning Center issues Phase 3 flood alert for Tolt River, as fall rainstorm continues across region
The King County Flood Warning Center has issued a Phase 3 flood alert for the Tolt River, with rising floodwaters possibly spreading across low-lying areas upstream of Carnation. The Snoqualmie River remains at a Phase 3 flood alert level, with flooding of varied depths occurring in areas of the Snoqualmie Valley. The Flood Warning Center opened at 6:15 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 21 to monitor conditions.
King County Flood Warning Center issues Phase 2 flood alert with minor flooding possible along rain-swollen Tolt River
The King County Flood Warning Center has issued a Phase 2 flood alert for the Tolt River, with minor flooding possible in low-lying areas upstream of Carnation. Meanwhile the Snoqualmie River remains at a Phase 3 flood alert level, with flooding of varied depths occurring in areas of the Snoqualmie Valley. The Flood Warning Center opened at 6:15 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 21 to monitor conditions.