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Clean Water Healthy Habitat

Despite decades of outstanding work by our staff and partners, Puget Sound orcas remain critically endangered and native salmon runs continue to decline.

Climate change and rapid population growth demand a shift in our approach to achieving clean water and healthy habitat — one based on science and focused on outcomes — before it is too late.

That is why Executive Constantine created Clean Water Healthy Habitat, an approach that will produce better results sooner.

Clean Water Healthy Habitat

King County is committed to investing more than $6 billion over the next decade to protect clean water and habitat throughout the region.

Traditionally, our investments are largely determined by designated funding and regulatory compliance.

Under Clean Water Healthy Habitat, we will start by focusing on the outcomes we want to achieve and then determine the best path forward.

Our experts are working with partners to determine if there are better, faster ways to achieve measurable results, such as cooler waters for fish, more salmon for orcas, and less stormwater runoff in communities and waterways. We will then work with regulatory agencies, environmental organizations, and tribes to determine how to turn the latest science into action.

Our commitment is to make the right investments at the right time in the right places to produce the best results.

Orcas and Salmon

Executive Constantine signed an executive order directing county departments and divisions to better align their work and demonstrate how it contributes to clean water and healthy habitat.

This will ensure that all of our work is integrated with other major natural environment initiatives, including the Strategic Climate Action Plan and the Land Conservation Initiative.

This is how we will deliver the greatest gains for orcas, salmon, and our quality of life as quickly and efficiently as possible.

We must act now before Puget Sound orcas and salmon are lost forever

For information, contact:

Abby Hook
Environmental Affairs Officer
King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks
(206) 263-3722
King County Executive
Dow Constantine
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