Natural Resources and Parks
King County Wastewater Treatment Division readies for wet weather
Wet weather season arrived in Puget Sound in a big way Sept. 23, with much of the region receiving an inch of rain and pushing hundreds of millions of gallons of rainwater through the King County Wastewater Treatment Division (WTD) system. With more rain in the forecast, WTD remains on the job 24/7 to ensure the region’s wastewater treatment service is well-prepared for an emergency or inclement weather.
King County’s Solid Waste Division prepares to take the rains this fall
Heavy rains are back, and that means workers with King County’s Solid Waste Division are taking steps to protect facilities to keep vital garbage and recycling services running smoothly.
‘Salmon SEEson’ returns: Safely spot fish coming home to King County rivers and streams
Adult salmon are returning home to spawn in King County’s rivers and streams – find details on self-guided and virtual viewing opportunities on the Salmon SEEson website. When out spotting salmon, remember to follow public health guidelines and recreate responsibly.
Public input wanted to help site a new recycling and garbage transfer station in northeast King County
King County’s Solid Waste Division seeks the public’s input in identifying a location for a new, modern recycling and garbage transfer station scheduled to begin operating in northeast King County in 2027. Applications are now being accepted through Oct. 5 for seats on a Siting Advisory Committee that will meet monthly from October 2020 to June 2021.
King County issues a draft environmental impact statement for proposed development at the Cedar Hills Regional Landfill
King County Solid Waste Division issued a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) to analyze proposed future development at the Cedar Hills Regional Landfill. A 45-day comment period from Sept. 16 to Oct. 30 will enable the public to review and comment on the proposal.
Building on momentum: King County and partners transport more kokanee salmon to Orcas Island hatchery after first group thrives
The first group of kokanee salmon that King County and conservation partners transferred to Long Live the Kings’ hatchery on Orcas Island has thrived, a key milestone for the unified effort to ensure the survival of the historic native population. On Wednesday, the partners transferred 250 more fry to the hatchery, this time aboard a Washington State Ferry.
King County Parks closes Five Mile Lake, Lake Geneva parks as visitors fail to follow COVID-19 safety rules
To help reduce the spread of COVID-19, King County Parks will close Five Mile Lake Park and Lake Geneva Park beginning Aug. 7, as these parks have experienced consistent over-crowding and pose threats to public health.
CHOMP! Summer Camp: King County’s local food celebration goes virtual August 24-28
Put on your virtual flip flops and mark your calendar for King County’s CHOMP! Summer Camp – a five-day online event running Aug. 24-28 on chomplocal.org. In celebration of a resilient local food system, each day CHOMP! will premiere video content to engage participants from home, including a look at a few of King County’s farmers, cooking demos, educational activities, performances, and much more.
Limited deer hunt set for Oct. 17 – Nov. 1 at King County’s Island Center Forest
While Island Center Forest will be open for deer hunting during an abbreviated season in October, the King County Parks-managed forestland will not be part of a recently established special August deer-hunting season on private land on Vashon-Maury Island.
King County seeks volunteers to serve on open space acquisition and protection committee
Two positions are open on the King County Conservation Futures Advisory Committee, which helps the County Executive and County Council make decisions on open space acquisition or preservation.
Heat mapping project led by King County and City of Seattle will identify areas experiencing the most harmful effects of rising temperatures
A heat mapping project co-led by King County and City of Seattle will identify which areas experiencing the most harmful effects of rising temperatures. The data collected by volunteers will inform county and city strategies to prepare the region for climate impacts.
King County announces $600,000 in grants for youth sports infrastructure and physical activity programs
From a bike park to baseball to being outdoors, the 2020 Youth and Amateur Sports Grants support projects throughout King County that promote physical activity among priority youth and improve our local communities.
King County hosts online open house and presentation about projects that utilize large wood in rivers and streams
Learn about upcoming King County projects that involve placing large wood in rivers or streams at online open house, available Aug. 3-14, and a live presentation on Aug. 5.
Solid waste customers required to wear face coverings at King County recycling and garbage transfer facilities
King County Solid Waste Division now requires customers to wear masks or face coverings when visiting one of its recycling and garbage transfer stations.
BECU Drive-in Movies at Marymoor Park to continue with 3 showings per week in August
The popular BECU Drive-in Movies at King County’s Marymoor Park will continue in August offering showings every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from August 4 - 27.
Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center remains closed, capital improvement project starting today
The Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center -- shut down since March due to the COVID-19 outbreak – will remain closed as a capital improvement project to replace the natatorium skylights begins July 14.
Dockton Park marina on Maury Island remains closed except for limited day use; Phase 1 renovations slated to commence in August
The marina at King County’s Dockton Park on Maury Island remains closed, except for limited day use on a first come, first served basis. King County Parks moves closer to constructing the first phase of dock renovations later this summer.
Enjoy the Fourth of July and recreate responsibly in King County Parks – Your Big Backyard
King County Parks urges visitors to respect the no fireworks rule and follow the seven tips to recreate responsibly when spending time in King County’s parks and on its trails this Fourth of July.
King County scientists see large scale algal bloom, known to be harmful to fish, in central Puget Sound
Scientists from King County’s Environmental Laboratory discovered a large harmful algal bloom in central Puget Sound – Heterosigma akashiwo – which is of particular concern to fish.
Blast from the past: BECU Drive-in Movies at Marymoor Park to run from July 8 – Aug. 27
Summer movie nights at King County’s Marymoor Park are a go, thanks to a popular pastime from another era – Drive In Movies – that allow movie-goers to practice safe distancing in their vehicles. King County will host the BECU Drive-in Movies at Marymoor Park summer series starting July 8 and running every Wednesday and Thursday through August 27.