Natural Resources and Parks
King County reminds motorists to improve road safety during Secure Your Load Week, Oct. 19-25
King County Solid Waste Division encourages everyone to properly secure their loads to keep roadways safe, avoid fees and prevent litter as the annual Secure Your Load campaign takes place the week of Oct. 19-25.
Utility work to require intermittent lane closures on Cedar Grove Road for the next several days
A pipeline inspection and repair project will require intermittent lane closures on Cedar Grove Road SE between SE Lake Francis Road and the Maple Valley Highway starting Thursday, Oct. 15, through early next week. Drivers should expect delays or plan alternate routes.
King County ready for flood response during pandemic; Leaders urge preparedness for possible active flood season
Following an active and destructive 2019-2020 flood season, the King County Executive and King County Flood Control District Chair urge residents to prepare now for seasonal flooding, announcing October as Flood Awareness Month.
King County hosts online community meeting, virtual open house for Fall City Floodplain Restoration Project
King County is hosting a virtual open house and online community meeting for residents to learn about the Fall City Floodplain Restoration Project that will reconnect the floodplain and restore this historically productive area for salmon.
Siting advisory committee meeting on Oct. 14 kicks off new recycling and transfer station project in north King County
King County’s Solid Waste Division will host its first siting advisory committee meeting for the Northeast Recycling and Transfer Station Project via Zoom on Wednesday, Oct. 14, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Community members with an interest in the project are invited to attend and observe.
Relief funding on its way to help King County farms, farmers markets overcome COVID-19 losses
Help is on the way for King County farmers and farmers markets to overcome losses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and to comply with public health and safety operating requirements to prevent the spread of the virus. Relief funding under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act will also ensure continued access to fresh, local farm products by income-challenged residents of King County.
Annual flood protection work along White River begins Oct. 5 in Pacific
With flood season fast approaching, workers are preparing to reinstall the temporary flood barrier along the White River at Pacific Park to decrease the risk of flooding in nearby neighborhoods.
King County Wastewater Treatment Division readies for wet weather
Wet weather season arrived in Puget Sound in a big way Sept. 23, with much of the region receiving an inch of rain and pushing hundreds of millions of gallons of rainwater through the King County Wastewater Treatment Division (WTD) system. With more rain in the forecast, WTD remains on the job 24/7 to ensure the region’s wastewater treatment service is well-prepared for an emergency or inclement weather.
King County’s Solid Waste Division prepares to take the rains this fall
Heavy rains are back, and that means workers with King County’s Solid Waste Division are taking steps to protect facilities to keep vital garbage and recycling services running smoothly.
‘Salmon SEEson’ returns: Safely spot fish coming home to King County rivers and streams
Adult salmon are returning home to spawn in King County’s rivers and streams – find details on self-guided and virtual viewing opportunities on the Salmon SEEson website. When out spotting salmon, remember to follow public health guidelines and recreate responsibly.
Public input wanted to help site a new recycling and garbage transfer station in northeast King County
King County’s Solid Waste Division seeks the public’s input in identifying a location for a new, modern recycling and garbage transfer station scheduled to begin operating in northeast King County in 2027. Applications are now being accepted through Oct. 5 for seats on a Siting Advisory Committee that will meet monthly from October 2020 to June 2021.
King County issues a draft environmental impact statement for proposed development at the Cedar Hills Regional Landfill
King County Solid Waste Division issued a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) to analyze proposed future development at the Cedar Hills Regional Landfill. A 45-day comment period from Sept. 16 to Oct. 30 will enable the public to review and comment on the proposal.
Building on momentum: King County and partners transport more kokanee salmon to Orcas Island hatchery after first group thrives
The first group of kokanee salmon that King County and conservation partners transferred to Long Live the Kings’ hatchery on Orcas Island has thrived, a key milestone for the unified effort to ensure the survival of the historic native population. On Wednesday, the partners transferred 250 more fry to the hatchery, this time aboard a Washington State Ferry.
King County Parks closes Five Mile Lake, Lake Geneva parks as visitors fail to follow COVID-19 safety rules
To help reduce the spread of COVID-19, King County Parks will close Five Mile Lake Park and Lake Geneva Park beginning Aug. 7, as these parks have experienced consistent over-crowding and pose threats to public health.
CHOMP! Summer Camp: King County’s local food celebration goes virtual August 24-28
Put on your virtual flip flops and mark your calendar for King County’s CHOMP! Summer Camp – a five-day online event running Aug. 24-28 on chomplocal.org. In celebration of a resilient local food system, each day CHOMP! will premiere video content to engage participants from home, including a look at a few of King County’s farmers, cooking demos, educational activities, performances, and much more.
Limited deer hunt set for Oct. 17 – Nov. 1 at King County’s Island Center Forest
While Island Center Forest will be open for deer hunting during an abbreviated season in October, the King County Parks-managed forestland will not be part of a recently established special August deer-hunting season on private land on Vashon-Maury Island.
King County seeks volunteers to serve on open space acquisition and protection committee
Two positions are open on the King County Conservation Futures Advisory Committee, which helps the County Executive and County Council make decisions on open space acquisition or preservation.
Heat mapping project led by King County and City of Seattle will identify areas experiencing the most harmful effects of rising temperatures
A heat mapping project co-led by King County and City of Seattle will identify which areas experiencing the most harmful effects of rising temperatures. The data collected by volunteers will inform county and city strategies to prepare the region for climate impacts.
King County announces $600,000 in grants for youth sports infrastructure and physical activity programs
From a bike park to baseball to being outdoors, the 2020 Youth and Amateur Sports Grants support projects throughout King County that promote physical activity among priority youth and improve our local communities.
King County hosts online open house and presentation about projects that utilize large wood in rivers and streams
Learn about upcoming King County projects that involve placing large wood in rivers or streams at online open house, available Aug. 3-14, and a live presentation on Aug. 5.
Solid waste customers required to wear face coverings at King County recycling and garbage transfer facilities
King County Solid Waste Division now requires customers to wear masks or face coverings when visiting one of its recycling and garbage transfer stations.
BECU Drive-in Movies at Marymoor Park to continue with 3 showings per week in August
The popular BECU Drive-in Movies at King County’s Marymoor Park will continue in August offering showings every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from August 4 - 27.
Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center remains closed, capital improvement project starting today
The Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center -- shut down since March due to the COVID-19 outbreak – will remain closed as a capital improvement project to replace the natatorium skylights begins July 14.
Dockton Park marina on Maury Island remains closed except for limited day use; Phase 1 renovations slated to commence in August
The marina at King County’s Dockton Park on Maury Island remains closed, except for limited day use on a first come, first served basis. King County Parks moves closer to constructing the first phase of dock renovations later this summer.
Enjoy the Fourth of July and recreate responsibly in King County Parks – Your Big Backyard
King County Parks urges visitors to respect the no fireworks rule and follow the seven tips to recreate responsibly when spending time in King County’s parks and on its trails this Fourth of July.
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