Skip to main content
King County logo

DNRP 2017 Community and Environmental Indicators

In simplest terms, indicators are measures of environmental conditions, while performance measures show how DNRP is doing at improving these conditions.

In practice, however, there is not always a clear line between measures that are environmental indicators and those that are measuring our agency's performance.

DNRP distinguishes between environmental indicators and performance measures based on the degree of our influence — measures that have many contributing factors are included as indicators, while measures that are strongly influenced by DNRP policies, programs, and practices are considered performance measures.

Indicators

DNRP KingStat environmental indicators are summarized in five groups:

pieChart-indicators
Greenhouse Gas Emissions Onset ofThermal Stratification in Large Lakes Air Temperature Cascade Snowpack SeaLevel Change Climate Change Building Energy Use Green Building Solid Waste Disposal and Recycling Resource Consumption HealthyAffordable Food Access Clean and Safe Surface Water Potable Groundwater Health & Safety Terrestrial Biota ForestProtection/ Production Agricultural Forest Cover Land & Resources Sediment Shorelines Aquatic Biota Water Quantity Marine Water Quality FreshwaterQuality AquaticEnvironment Meets or exceeds standard, goal, or improved from prior yearsApproaching standard, goal, or steady with prior yearsBelow standard, goal or decline from prior yearsInsufficient data at this time INDICATORS KEY DNRP 2017 INDICATORS INDICATORS OF ENVIRONMENTAL AND COMMUNITY CONDITIONS

The pie chart at the top of each indicator page provides a high-level summary of that indicator's condition. Readers will find more detailed information on environmental conditions by reviewing the various component measures, while information on how the data is collected can be found at the bottom of the page in "Technical Notes."

Information about these environmental indicators use a simple red/yellow/green/gray designation, where:

  • Green signifies meeting or exceeding an adopted standard, a stated goal, or improved from prior years;
  • Yellow signifies approaching to within 10 percent of an adopted standard, stated goal or has remained steady with prior years;
  • Red signifies being below the standard or goal, or declining from prior years; and
  • Gray signifies insufficient data at this time.