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.