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18
JAN

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.

16
JAN

Update: Medina, Richmond Beach, Golden Gardens, and Carkeek park beaches re-open after water testing confirms safe conditions
UPDATE: The beaches and waters near Medina, Richmond Beach, Golden Gardens, and Carkeek parks were re-opened to the public on Jan. 15 after water quality testing showed safe results. The beach was 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.

16
JAN

Update: Madrona beach re-opens after water testing confirms safe conditions
Update: Madrona Beach has been re-opened to the public after water quality testing showed safe results. The beach was closed out of an abundance of caution on Jan. 13 following an overflow, and testing confirmed that the water is safe.

13
JAN

King County Flood Warning Center closes as rainfall ends and river flows stabilize
The King County Flood Warning Center closed at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 13, after opening early in the afternoon on Jan. 12 to monitor widespread flooding from a major rainstorm. County employees will continue to monitor weather forecasts and stream conditions.

13
JAN

King County Flood Warning Center: Minor flooding possible on portions of White and Green rivers as storm’s impacts continue
The King County Flood Warning Center says minor flooding is possible along stretches of the Green and White rivers following a long stretch of heavy and widespread rainfall. The Flood Warning Center opened a midday on Tuesday, Jan. 13 to monitor potential flooding along the Tolt and Snoqualmie rivers.

13
JAN

King County Flood Warning Center issues Phase 3 flood alert for Snoqualmie River as powerful rainstorm continues
The King County Flood Warning Center issued a Phase 3 flood alert for the rain-swollen Snoqualmie River at 2:15 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 13, as a powerful winter rainstorm continued to push river flows higher.

13
JAN

Power outage causes overflow into Lake Washington from East Pine pump station
A power outage caused King County Wastewater Treatment Division’s East Pine pump station to experience an overflow in the early morning of Wednesday, Jan. 13.

13
JAN

Extensive power outages push regional wastewater system to its capacity and onto back up power: overflows into Puget Sound and Lake Washington from West Point, Richmond Beach and Medina pump stations
Power outages throughout the service area caused overflows at King County Wastewater Treatment Division’s West Point Treatment Plant, and Richmond Beach and Medina pump stations.

12
JAN

King County Flood Warning Center opens to monitor minor flooding along rain swollen Tolt, Snoqualmie rivers
The King County Flood Warning Center opened at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 12 to monitor potential minor flooding from heavy rainfall along the Tolt and Snoqualmie rivers.

11
JAN

WaterWorks Grants will provide over $2 million for community water quality projects for 2021-2022
King County Wastewater Treatment Division’s WaterWorks Grant Program is offering $2.2 million in grants to support local water quality projects. Three free online information sessions for prospective applicants will take place Jan. 21, Jan. 26, and Feb. 1.

11
JAN

King County Noxious Weed Board seeks input on the annual noxious weed list
To protect people and the environment from harmful plants, the King County Noxious Weed Board will be adopting the 2021 noxious weed list at a public meeting on Jan. 27 in order to set the priority level of noxious weeds in King County, as directed by the state noxious weed law.

3
JAN

King County Flood Warning Center closes as rain eases and flows stabilize on Snoqualmie River
The King County Flood Warning Center closed at 3:45 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 3, after opening earlier that morning to monitor minor flooding along the Snoqualmie River. County employees will continue to monitor weather forecasts and stream conditions.

3
JAN

King County Flood Warning Center opens to monitor minor flooding along rain-swollen Snoqualmie River
The King County Flood Warning Center opened at 12:30 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 3, to monitor potential minor flooding from heavy rainfall along the Snoqualmie River.

30
DEC

Annual ‘Be Flood Ready’ brochure helps residents prepare for flooding in King County
The 2020-2021 “Be Flood Ready” brochure is now available to King County residents to help them prepare for the flood season.

24
DEC

Update: Beaches near Kirkland and Medina re-open after water testing confirms safe conditions
Dec. 24 update: The beach and waters near Kirkland and Medina have been re-opened to the public after water quality testing showed safe results. The beach was closed out of an abundance of caution on Dec. 21 following an overflow during heavy rains at nearby York Pump Station, and testing confirmed that the water is safe.

22
DEC

Heavy rains cause overflow into Puget Sound from Richmond Beach Pump Station in Shoreline
King County Wastewater Treatment Division’s Richmond Beach Pump Station experienced intermittent overflows on Monday, Dec. 21 as a result of heavy rains in the service area. The pump station was operating properly but high flows exceeded station capacity.

21
DEC

King County and The Trust for Public Land partner to preserve unique Raging River habitat, vital to Chinook salmon
Valuable habitat along the Raging River favored by endangered Chinook salmon and many other fish and wildlife species is now permanently preserved, thanks to a public-private partnership announced today by King County Executive Dow Constantine.

21
DEC

Heavy rains cause overflows into Lake Washington from King County’s Kirkland and Medina pump stations
King County Wastewater Treatment Division’s Kirkland and Medina pump stations experienced overflows as a result of heavy rains in the service area. The pump stations are operating properly but flows are exceeding station capacity, and the overflows are expected to end when flows subside.

18
DEC

Broken pipe causes surface overflow from King County’s York Pump Station
King County Wastewater Treatment Division’s York Pump Station in Redmond experienced an overflow as a result of a broken pipe joint. The staff acted to bypass broken piping and quickly returned the station to normal operations and the surface-level overflow did not reach any waterbodies.

5
DEC

Beaches near Discovery Park re-open after water testing confirms safe conditions
Dec. 5 update: The beach and waters near West Point at Discovery Park have been re-opened to the public after two consecutive days of water quality testing showed safe results. The beach was closed out of an abundance of caution on Dec. 2 following a brief bypass at the West Point Treatment Plant, and testing confirmed that the water is safe.

2
DEC

Brief wastewater bypass occurs during routine equipment testing at West Point
The King County Wastewater Treatment Division is investigating a brief wastewater bypass at West Point Treatment Plant on Dec. 2.

15
NOV

Utility line break at South Treatment Plant is quickly contained, water released was fully treated
King County Wastewater Treatment Division crews quickly responded to a broken pipe carrying fully treated wastewater at the South Treatment Plant campus on Saturday, Nov. 14.

5
NOV

King County Flood Warning Center to close as rain eases and flows stabilize on Snoqualmie River
With rain diminishing and stream flows stabilizing, the King County Flood Warning Center is planning to close at 10 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 5, following about 10 hours of closely monitoring minor flooding along the Snoqualmie River. County employees will continue to monitor weather forecasts and stream conditions.

5
NOV

King County Flood Warning Center opens as more rain brings another minor flood threat to Snoqualmie River
The King County Flood Warning Center opened at 11:45 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 5, to monitor potential minor flooding from heavy rainfall along the Snoqualmie River.

5
NOV

King County launches Sewer Heat Recovery pilot program
Commercial property owners and developers have the opportunity to extract and re-purpose heat energy from sewer pipes through the King County Wastewater Treatment Division’s new Sewer Heat Recovery pilot program. King County invites commercial property owners and developers to apply for consideration as potential users.

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