Natural Resources and Parks
Our generation’s commitment to healthy, resilient forests: Executive Constantine announces 30-Year Forest Plan
Executive Dow Constantine announced a comprehensive plan to help ensure that King County forests continue to provide multiple benefits – storing carbon, improving salmon habitat, lowering temperatures in urban areas, and more – for generations to come.
New toolkit will help King County cities develop customized climate strategies, mobilizing effort to cut greenhouse gas emissions regionwide
Recently approved by the County Council, the new Climate Action Toolkit is available at no cost to all 39 cities. It is designed to be a flexible guide for cities in all stages of climate planning to help them developed customized climate strategies.
New stewardship program makes recycling paint convenient and sustainable
Washington’s new paint stewardship program goes into effect today, making it easy for residents and businesses to conveniently and sustainably recycle leftover paint. Visit paintcare.org/wa to search for local drop-off locations, which include King County’s hazardous waste drop off location at the Factoria Recycling and Transfer Station in Bellevue, and the Wastemobile.
Wastemobile hazardous waste collection in Bothell, April 9-11
King County residents can safely dispose of old car batteries, oil, paint thinner, and many other household hazardous items at no cost when the Wastemobile continues its 2021 season with a stop in Bothell, April 9-11.
BECU Drive-in Movies returns to Marymoor Park on April 20
Drive-in movies are returning to King County’s Marymoor Park on April 20, when the BECU Drive-in Movies at Marymoor series opens for its second season of drive-ins and 17th season of outdoor film events. The movies will run every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday through June 24.
Wastemobile continues hazardous waste collection season in King County with visit to Kirkland area, April 2-4
Residents of Bothell, Redmond, Woodinville, and surrounding areas can safely dispose of old car batteries, oil, paint thinner, and many other household hazardous items at no cost when the Wastemobile continues its 2021 season with a stop in Kirkland, April 2-4.
King County Parks offering spacious seasonal plots for rent in community garden at North Green River Park in Kent
Spring is nearly here, and now is the time to plan for a spring and summer full of flowers and vegetables by renting a plot in a King County Parks community garden.
King County Parks seeks public input ahead of Dockton Park play area work; Dockton Forest trails virtual meeting March 9
Share your opinions about desired features for a new play area at Dockton Park by participating in an online survey from King County Parks, and learn more about significant improvements coming to the mountain bike trails system at Dockton Forest by attending a March 9 virtual meeting.
Kirkland’s Marina Beach Park reopened after water testing confirms safe conditions
Kirkland’s Marina Beach Park was reopened to the public on Saturday, Feb. 27 after water quality testing showed safe results. The beach was closed out of an abundance of caution on Feb. 25 following a sewer overflow caused by a power outage. Consecutive days of testing confirmed that the water is safe.
Power outage causes overflow into Lake Washington from King County’s Kirkland pump station
King County Wastewater Treatment Division’s Kirkland pump station experienced a power outage that caused a brief overflow into Lake Washington. The pump station’s power has been restored and is currently operating properly.
King County Flood Warning Center closed as river flows stabilize; workers will continue to monitor conditions
The King County Flood Warning Center closed at 3:15 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 23, after opening at midday on Feb. 22 to monitor minor river flooding following a widespread rainstorm. County employees will continue to monitor weather forecasts and stream conditions.
King County Flood Warning Center: Minor flooding possible on White River as heavy rainfall continues to push stream flows higher
Minor flooding is possible in low-lying areas along the White River, according to the King County Flood Warning Center, which issued a Phase 2 flood alert for the river early in the evening of Monday, Feb. 22. Similar flood alerts are in place for the Snoqualmie and Tolt rivers following prolonged heavy rainfall throughout the day.
Snoqualmie River joins Tolt at minor flood phase as King County Flood Warning Center monitoring conditions
Heavy rainfall pushed the Snoqualmie River up to a minor flood phase in the early afternoon of Monday, Feb. 22, according to the King County Flood Warning Center, which opened late Monday morning to monitor potentially flooding in low-lying areas along the Tolt River.
King County Flood Warning Center opens to monitor minor flooding along Tolt River as heavy rainfall continues
The King County Flood Warning Center opened at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 22, to monitor potential minor flooding from heavy rainfall along the Tolt River.
Wastewater Treatment repairs leak at Interbay pump station
King County Wastewater Treatment Division workers repaired a leak at the Interbay pump station which did not reach any body of water.
King County working with Seattle City Light to ensure power reliability at West Point Treatment Plant
King County and Seattle City Light are investigating options for increasing power reliability at the West Point Treatment Plant to ensure continued environmental protection, following multiple power interruptions in the last few years that have interfered with normal wastewater treatment operations.
King County Parks adds 56 acres to popular south King County park, preserving forested wetlands, improving recreation opportunities
With the addition of the 56-acre forested property on the edge of the City of Maple Valley, King County Parks’ popular Black Diamond Open Space gets more protected green space and more room for recreation – and an online survey is available for public comment about potential uses and features on this property.
King County considers four potential sites for its Northeast Recycling and Transfer Station set to open in late 2027
King County’s Solid Waste Division has identified four properties in Kirkland, Woodinville and Redmond for further study in its search for a site for the new Northeast Recycling and Transfer Station, which is set to open to the public in 2027.
King County receives $96 million low-cost loan to improve Puget Sound water quality
The King County Wastewater Treatment Division has received a $96.8 loan by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to construct a project that will help improve water quality in the Lake Washington Ship Canal and surrounding waters. The low interest rate loan will save King County an estimated $32.8 million in finance costs.
Update: Discovery Park beaches reopen after water testing confirms safe conditions
Discovery Park beaches were reopened to the public on Jan. 18 after water quality testing showed safe results. The beaches, near West Point Treatment Plant, were closed out of an abundance of caution on Jan. 13 following a stormwater and sewer overflow caused by a power outage during heavy rains. Consecutive days of testing confirmed that the water is safe.