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This archive page provides past news and features related to King County lakes, for visitors who want to research or re-read older articles and news releases. For the latest news and announcements, please visit the King County lakes site.

Nov. 7, 2016
External article, Seattle Times
No more sewage dumping in Puget Sound, lakes, new Ecology rule proposes 

Feb. 1, 2016
King County Council adopts ordinance creating Lake Geneva Lake Management District 

Jul. 15, 2014
Motorists: Fix leaks so you ‘Don’t Drip and Drive’
Puget Sound Starts Here offers coupon for free visual leak inspections, repair discount

Jul. 10, 2014
Executive Constantine supports comprehensive approach to improving water quality

Jul. 1, 2014
Enjoy (with care) King County’s lakes, rivers and Puget Sound this July 4th

Volunteer to help monitor water quality in King County lakes

National Fishing and Boating Week June 3-11

Dec. 17, 2013
External report, KPLU
State Officials Seize Cold Snap, Freeze Out Invasive Snails In Capitol Lake

Sep. 17, 2013
External article, Issaquah Press
Lake Sammamish earns federal designation

Jun. 27, 2013
Hot weather, cold water a recipe for danger on King County rivers, lakes

May 7, 2013
External article, Sammamish Review
Kokanee Work Group progress is heartening

May 8, 2013
External report, KING5 News
Next generation of kokanee salmon released into Lake Sammamish (Video)

Apr. 30, 2013
External article, The Issaquah Press
Kokanee restoration earns local philanthropist a Green Globe award

Apr. 30, 2013
External article, The Issaquah Press
Kokanee release celebrates species recovery

Apr. 24, 2013
External article, Issaquah-Sammamish Reporter
Fun with fry— and an educational experience

Jan. 7, 2013
External article, Seattle Times
Lake Washington sockeye topic of Tuesday meeting

Conservation FuturesConservation Futures: forests, farms and fun... forever 
30th anniversary video celebrating conservation of King County's precious open space, parks, farms and forests. 

Green Shorelines blog (external)
Lake Washington and Lake Sammamish

Jun. 18, 2012
Plan to control stormwater sewer overflows underscores King County’s commitment to water quality
Executive also calls for a new science-based study

Jun. 14, 2012
External article, Seattle Times
Take a walk, or a canoe tour, in Lake Washington's largest wetland

Sammamish kokanee release video, spring 2012
Kokanee fry are released into Laughing Jacobs Creek.

Mar. 30, 2012
See how King County protects environment; 2011 DNRP annual report now available

Nov. 3, 2011
County hosts informational meeting on its combined sewer overflow control plan, Nov. 9

Oct. 10, 2011
King County public meeting for Lake Allen flooding remedy update set for Oct. 29

Aug. 3, 2011
External article, Sammamish Review
Residents’ volunteer efforts protect Sammamish’s lakes

July 15, 2011
Plaza Marina Park reopens after King County cleans wastewater

July 14, 2011
Kirkland Pump Station resumes normal operation after power failure

July 14, 2011
Power outage leads to overflow at Kirkland Pump Station

May 27, 2011

Combined sewer overflows now reported live, online Information helps public make decisions about using waterways

Mar. 9, 2011
King County plans treatment at Lake Hicks to curb potentially harmful algae blooms

DNRP Performance Measures, King County, Washington Environmental Indicators for freshwater in King County, WA

Feb. 23, 2011
Clean-water investments bolster economic growth, support regional environmental goals
Sewer improvement projects top King County priority list in 2011

Jan. 12, 2011
External article, Crosscut
State board limits developers' ability to avoid water regulations

Dec. 15, 2010
King County wastewater facilities resuming normal operation after storm

Dec. 5, 2010
External article, Seattle Times
Pavement sealant a major pollutant, USGS study finds

Nov. 30, 2010
Executive signs updated shoreline protections for rivers, lakes and Puget Sound
First major update to the Shoreline Master Program since the late 1970s provides essential support for survival of salmon and orca

Aug. 13, 2010
Warm, dry weather: The perfect time for a trip to the lake…and stinky lake algae?

Aug. 3, 2010
Summertime algae blooms!

July 27, 2010
External article, Sightline Daily
The Real Worth: Puget Sound

July 22, 2010
Bond sale brings savings for ratepayers, improvements for environment and economy
Favorable credit ratings lower borrowing costs to fund crucial infrastructure

July 12, 2010
External article, Seattle Times
Stormwater plan to lift Seattle sewer rates
Seattle Public Utilities plans to keep sewage and stormwater from flowing into Lake Washington and Puget Sound

June 11, 2010
Cold waters and warm weather make for increased drowning risk
Sixteen adult drowning deaths in 2009; no child deaths in two years

June 10, 2010
Clean-water utility earns national environmental awards

May 14, 2010
Water quality returns to safe levels in Meydenbauer Slough following overflow

May 12, 2010
Rags, debris contribute to pump station overflow in Bellevue

April 12, 2010
External article, Seattle P-I
Washington state moves to ban copper in brake pads

April 8, 2010
Infrastructure projects support regional environmental, economic goals
Clean-water investments a priority in 2010

Jan. 12, 2010
Fast action stops Kirkland Pump Station overflow

Feb. 25, 2010
March public meetings focus on water quality
Residents welcomed to review plans, provide input on projects to control storm-related sewer overflows

Feb. 24, 2010
Public input encouraged as King County updates stormwater management plan
Online survey, videos part of involvement process; Comments due by March 12

Oct. 21, 2009
Hydrilla considered eradicated in two King County lakes after lengthy battle

Aug. 26, 2009
External article, KOMO News
Seattle, King Co. to reduce wastewater overflows

Apr. 30, 2009
External report, KING 5 News
New buoys track health of Seattle-area lakes video

Apr. 18, 2009
External report, KING5 News
Tugboat sinks, spills diesel in Lake Washington

Mar. 16, 2009
Council acts to reduce levels of harmful phosphorus in County lakes and streams
Patterson initiative limits use of fertilizers that choke oxygen out of waterways

Aug. 25, 2008
Heavy rains result in small overflow in University Slough

July 9, 2008
External article, Seattle P-I
King County fined for sewage spill

Chinook Juvenile
Help salmon & trout:
Live on a lake, river, or creek? Help keep it hospitable for salmon & trout.

50 Ways to Love your Lake
Things you can do to help your lake be healthier.

Small Lakes Recreation Guide
Look up options for swimming, fishing, boating, picnicking, and other activities at King County lakes. Includes maps displaying depth contours

Living with Lakes
Tips for home landscaping and gardening.

Go to the Aquatic Weeds pageAquatic Weed Identification

King County Watersheds Map Access our information geographically, by watershed.

April 23, 2008
External article, Sammamish Review
Development biggest threat to Beaver Lake

Lakeside Living Landscape Design

Nov. 2007
Cyanobacteria Bloom in Lake Washington

Nov. 21, 2007
Mild weather leads to late-season algae blooms in lakes across King County

Nov. 9, 2007
Absence of hydrilla in two King County lakes could signal victory in battle to eradicate invasive weed

Environmental Indicators for Lakes in King County, WA

101 reasons to pick up pet waste (external)

Sept. 14, 2007
External link, Seattle P-I
Tar bubbling up at Gas Works

Aug. 29, 2007
External link, Seattle P-I
Sewage spilled into Portage Bay is traced to UW

Avoid "weed and feed"

Live on a lake, river, or creek? Help keep it hospitable for salmon & trout.

May 21, 2007
Update of shoreline-management rules not expected to bring significant changes

Jan. 16, 2007
Shoreline management review launched in King County

Oct 27, 2006
County' hydrilla eradication project seeing good results

June 29, 2006
Lakes’ water quality looks good for Fourth of July fun

50 Ways to Love your Lake
Things you can do to help your lake be healthier.

Small Lakes Recreation Guide
Look up options for swimming, fishing, boating, picnicking, and other activities at King County lakes. Includes maps displaying depth contours

Living with Lakes
Tips for home landscaping and gardening.

Aquatic Weed Identification

Access our information geographically, by watershed.

Oct. 25, 2005
Celebrate new overflow controls for Lake Washington

July 24, 2005
External Link, Seattle Times
How clean is your beach?

June 8, 2005
Stimson Marina receives King County EnviroStars Award
King County Executive Ron Sims, Mayor Nickels present award

April 8, 2005
King County to clean up Lake Hicks algae with alum

March 18, 2005
King County promises to protect water quality while building Brightwater Treatment Plant

March 14, 2005
External link, Seattle Times
Dry spell could mean trouble for lake

» Critical Areas Package - CAO Resources

Performance Measures Report.
Measuring for Results - Natural Resources and Parks Second Annual Performance Measures report.(ACROBAT PDF file (Acrobat format)

June 23, 2004
The Seattle Times Practical Gardener
Gardening wisely on the water's edge

Oct. 14, 2003
White Center lake getting a boost from Cascade Middle School students, King County

April 9, 2003
(external link, Seattle Post Intelligencer)
Toxic metals in Lake Washington peak during rush hour

June 21, 2001
Don't get sick from lake water
Know how to reduce the risk of recreational water illnesses.

For questions about lakes in King County, please contact Rachael Gravon, Water Quality Planner or Chris Knutson, Project Manager, Lake Stewardship Program.