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2012 DNRP historical news archive


Verdict favors King County in Brightwater tunneling lawsuit
A King County Superior Court jury this afternoon awarded King County $155.8 million in damages after finding a Brightwater tunneling contractor defaulted on key contractual obligations.


Brightwater-to-Sound wastewater conveyance system begins full operation
King County's state-of-the-art Brightwater Plant sent its first flows through 13 miles of new tunnel on Nov. 9, essentially completing the region's largest clean-water project of the last half century.


Executive Constantine applauds unanimous vote to adopt long-term pollution control plan
A long-term plan to control combined sewer overflows (CSOs) that includes the scientific study of local waterways to help prioritize future project investments recently won the unanimous support of the King County Council.


Executive Constantine proposes purchase of Eastside Rail Corridor for trails, rail options
King County Executive Dow Constantine today moved the County one step closer to acquiring nearly 20 miles of the long-sought-after Burlington Northern Eastside Rail Corridor - the future backbone of a world-class regional trail system that also preserves Eastside commuter rail options and supports an array of utility services.


Community Solar project coming to Vashon
A group of Vashon Island solar-energy supporters would be able to install a community solar-power project on land leased at low cost from King County, and receive financial incentives from Washington state, under legislation proposed today by King County Executive Dow Constantine.


King County celebrates 30 years of protecting open space, forests, and farms
Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park, the Queen Anne Hill Greenbelt, the Bellevue Botanical Gardens—these are just a few of the irreplaceable green spaces King County has protected from development through its successful Conservation Futures Program, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.


Executive proposes boundaries for seven new Community Service Areas for better engagement with residents
King County Executive Dow Constantine today proposed the boundaries for seven new Community Service Areas that together cover all of unincorporated King County, as part of his reform measures to strengthen the access of residents to their County government.


Bow Lake Transfer Station opens new transfer building, recycling services, as project continues
Completing the new solid waste transfer building and adding recycling services represent a major milestone in the multi-year modernization project at King County’s Bow Lake facility in Tukwila.


Plan to control stormwater sewer overflows underscores King County’s commitment to water quality
King County Executive Dow Constantine today proposed a long-term plan to control combined sewer overflows – one that reaffirms King County’s commitment to water quality while at the same time calling for a new science-based study to be carried out in parallel with top-priority combined sewer overflow projects over the next three years.


Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance and King County Parks celebrate Duthie Hill Park completion
After more than three years and 12,000 hours of volunteer labor, the final phase of construction at King County’s Duthie Hill Mountain Bike Park in Issaquah is slated to be finished by June– just in time for Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance’s annual Mountain Bike Festival, June 8-9. The festival is open to the public and is free.