Natural Resources and Parks
On Earth Day, Executive Constantine presents Green Globe awards to local environmental leaders
From cleaning polluted stormwater to saving forests, farmlands and open space for public use, to designing environmentally friendly building regulations that save resources, the 2019 King County Green Globe Award winners honored today by Executive Dow Constantine are leading the ongoing efforts to improve environmental conditions for people and fish and wildlife across the region.
Help shape the future of Little Lake Forest at April 29 community meeting in Enumclaw
Community members are encouraged to share their ideas about the future of Little Lake Forest near Enumclaw at a public meeting hosted by King County Parks on April 29.
Wastemobile household hazardous waste collection in Kent-Des Moines, April 19-21
Southwest King County residents can safely and conveniently dispose of old car batteries, oil, paint thinner and many other household hazardous items at no cost when the Wastemobile comes to the Kent-Des Moines area, April 19-21.
Deadline extended to June 2: Participate in south King County recycling and garbage transfer station online open house
The deadline to participate in an online open house to share input on a new south King County recycling and garbage transfer station is now extended to June 2. The open house content and project information is now also available in Russian, Korean, and Spanish.
Free yard waste recycling March 30-31 and April 6-7 for King County residents affected by winter storms
For two weekends only, March 30-31 and April 6-7, King County residents can drop off storm-related yard waste free of charge at six King County Solid Waste Division locations that accept yard waste for recycling.
Wastemobile household hazardous waste collection event April 12-14 on Vashon-Maury Island
Safely dispose of old car batteries, oil, paint thinner and many other household hazardous items at no cost by visiting the Wastemobile when it comes to Vashon-Maury Island, April 12-14.
King County investigating a brief overflow at Heathfield pump station
King County is investigating the cause of an apparent equipment malfunction at a pump station that led to a brief wastewater spill into Lake Sammamish on March 24.
King County Green Schools Program has now helped more than 300 schools
The King County Green Schools Program this month is recognizing four schools for increasing recycling, reducing food waste, and conserving energy and water – the latest in the more than 300 K-12 schools and school districts whose employees and students have learned about and practiced resource conservation through the program.
Wastemobile household hazardous waste collection event comes to Vashon, April 12-14
Safely dispose of old car batteries, oil, paint thinner and many other household hazardous items at no cost by visiting the Wastemobile when it comes to Vashon, April 12-14.
King County investigating sewer backup near Lake Ballinger pump station
King County is investigating a sewer backup near the Lake Ballinger pump station in Snohomish County.
Wastemobile household hazardous waste collection event in Redmond, April 5-7
Safely dispose of old car batteries, oil, paint thinner and many other household hazardous items at no cost by visiting the Wastemobile when it comes to Redmond, April 5-7.
King County targeting poison-hemlock, other harmful plants on public lands to protect people and the environment
Toxic poison-hemlock joins the list of harmful plants the King County Noxious Weed Program will control on public lands and roadsides this year, and the public can help with this important work by reporting noxious weed locations via the customer service app, King County Connect.
Local task force recommends changes to improve curbside recycling
A task force studying improvements to the regional recycling system recommends removing plastic bags and shredded paper from the commingled recycling bin and expanding separate recycling options for those items.
Wastemobile household hazardous waste collection event in Covington, March 8-10
Kent, Covington and Maple Valley area residents can safely dispose of old car batteries, oil, paint thinner and many other household hazardous items at no cost when the Wastemobile continues its 2019 season in Covington, March 8-10.
Equipment malfunction during storm leads to overflow at King County’s Sweyolocken Pump Station
King County is investigating the cause of an equipment malfunction at a pump station that led to a wastewater spill into Lake Washington on Feb. 12.
Help design a new recycling and garbage transfer station online through March 24
King County’s Solid Waste Division invites community members to take part in an online open house to help shape the design of a new recycling and garbage transfer station coming to south King County in 2023. The online forum will be available through March 24, 2019.
Informational open house Feb. 23 for upcoming summertime construction and trail closures at Discovery Park
Attend a Feb. 23 open house at the Discovery Park Environmental Learning Center in Seattle to learn about summertime construction work on water supply systems planned in the park by the King County Wastewater Treatment Division.
Crews respond swiftly to overflow at King County’s Richmond Beach Pump Station
King County crews responded quickly to a wastewater spill caused by a power outage at the Richmond Beach Pump Station during the Feb. 4 storm.
Wastemobile begins household hazardous waste collection season in Bothell, Feb. 22-24
Bothell, Kenmore, and Woodinville area residents can safely dispose of old car batteries, oil, paint thinner and many other household hazardous items at no cost when the Wastemobile kicks off its 2019 season in Bothell, Feb. 22-24.
Cleanup LIFT discount program connects more people to essential waste disposal services
King County’s new Cleanup LIFT discount enables low-income residents to save money at county-operated recycling and garbage transfer stations. Eligible King County residents who show their Provider One, EBT or ORCA LIFT card can receive $12 off the cost to dispose of recyclables, yard waste and garbage.
WaterWorks Grant Informational Workshops set for January 17, 30 and February 12
King County is hosting three free public workshops for prospective applicants to learn about the WaterWorks Grant Program, eligibility criteria and the application process. The workshops will take place in Kent on January 17, in Bellevue on January 30, and in Seattle on February 12.
King County Flood Warning Center closing as flows drop on Tolt, upper Snoqualmie rivers
King County’s Flood Warning Center closed at 11:45 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 29, following a brief opening to closely watch high flows from heavy rainfall along the Snoqualmie and Tolt rivers. Workers will continue to monitor river gages and weather forecasts.
King County Flood Warning Center opens to monitor minor flooding on Snoqualmie, Tolt rivers
The King County Flood Warning Center opened at 8:15 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 29, after steady rainfall brought minor flooding to the Snoqualmie and Tolt rivers.
With 365 acres saved in December, King County and partners wrap up a big year conserving vital and at-risk open spaces
Five open space preservation projects near or in Issaquah, Enumclaw, Bothell and on Vashon Island are capping a busy year for King County’s land conservation efforts. In the face of rapid population growth and development pressure, the County took bold steps geared toward hastening open space investments and access in 2018, topped by the launch of the King County Land Conservation Initiative.
Power outage during windstorm leads to overflow at King County’s Richmond Beach Pump Station
About 130,000 gallons of wastewater spilled into Puget Sound from a King County pump station that was affected by a power outage during a Dec. 14 windstorm.
For questions about DNRP news releases, please contact Logan Harris, Communications Manager, Department of Natural Resources and Parks.