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Public engagement

Wastewater Treatment Webinar: Realities & Reinvestment

March 25th, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Learn about how King County is planning for a clean water future! This Clean Water Plan webinar is a chance to hear directly from King County staff about the issues facing the region’s wastewater system. The topic for this webinar will focus on wastewater operations. Spanish interpretation and closed captioning will be available.

Webinar (English)

 

Webinar (Español)

 

Meeting materials:

Clean Water Plan - 2019 Outreach Summary . January 2020

A key part of this Clean Water Plan is listening to communities on the best ways to make these investments. When we hear from people who are affected by these plans, we all benefit.

The Clean Water Plan needs to reflect the range of needs and priorities of the many people who live here – for example, those who pay utility bills, who fish in Puget Sound, and who enjoy our beautiful beaches. That is why King County began a community engagement effort in fall 2018. We asked community members to share what is important to them when thinking about the future of our communities, our health, and our environment. We want to hear from community members about the best ways to use and take care of our water for decades. This report provides a summary of what we heard from the public from fall 2018 to fall 2019. Community priorities will inform King County’s Clean Water Plan efforts going forward.

Online Open House: July – December 2019

King County launched an online open house and public questionnaire to begin the conversation about clean water and collect feedback on community priorities. The online open house and questionnaire opened July 9, 2019. While the questionnaire closed November 1, 2019, the online open house remained open through the end of the year.

Clean Water Conversation Workshop

Monday, May 20th, 12:30 – 4:30 p.m.

We held a community conversation about the Clean Water Plan to hear from you what’s important to you when thinking about the future of our communities, our health, our environment, and how we use and take care of our water for decades to come.

Meeting materials:

Community Interviews - Summary . June 4, 2019

The King County Clean Water Plan team conducted community interviews in early 2019. Feedback and common themes from these interviews will inform the Regional Engagement Plan at large, provide a foundation from which to tailor engagement and messaging as we move forward, and provide important information about community priorities to the Planning Team.

Clean Water Plan Advisory Group

King County has organized a Clean Water Plan Advisory Group to provide strategic advice on the planning process. The County will use the advisory group’s input, along with other people’s input, to develop a plan that helps guide future actions around water quality. We will share what we hear with the King County Executive and Council who are responsible for making final decisions. We are committed to a fair and inclusive planning process. The Advisory Group is an important venue for drawing in new perspectives and experiences and providing advice on how to break down barriers to involvement and hear from all kinds of people — including long-time participants in water quality discussions and new, interested parties.

The Clean Water Plan Advisory Group will meet quarterly throughout 2019 into 2020.

Advisory Group Membership List (updated August 25, 2020)

Clean Water Plan Community-Based Organization Partnership

The Clean Water Plan is partnering with community based organizations (CBOs) as trusted advocates in the community who are experts in the best ways to engage historically underrepresented populations in WTD’s long-range planning. Throughout this engagement process, WTD is committed to centering the voices of native peoples, communities of color, immigrant and refugee communities, limited English-speaking communities, low-income people and individuals with disabilities. WTD is seeking to advance King County’s equity and social justice mission by investing in community partnerships and compensating organizations for implementing engagement and outreach work for the Clean Water Plan. WTD is working with ECOSS , a subconsultant on the Clean Water Plan Regional Engagement Team, to recruit, develop a memorandum of agreement, onboard and support CBOs during engagement. CBOs will be compensated for a 12-month period for their partnership.

Partnering organizations

Young Women Empowered

Young Women Empowered worked with environmental studies undergraduate students at the University of Washington to create this video (also available in Spanish ) to share information about the Clean Water Plan with their target audiences including youth and students. The video highlights student perspective on the role and importance of water, how the water we use gets cleaned, and how the community can get involved with the Clean Water Plan.

Urban League

The Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle produced this video to inform their communities about the Clean Water Plan and to promote a questionnaire about community priorities from May to June 2020. The video highlights why water quality issues are important and can impact utility bills, wildlife, environment, and public health.

Documents and resources

Existing Conditions Report , April 2020
This report presents an overview of current demographic, water quality, and wastewater infrastructure conditions in King County and Puget Sound.