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2013 DNRP archived news archive

18
DEC

King County buys threatened Snoqualmie Valley farmland, plans to return land to farming
Nearly 200 acres of rich Snoqualmie Valley farmland that was recently threatened with development is now officially owned by King County and will be returned to farming.

11
DEC

Energy-efficiency reaps rewards for sewer utility ratepayers
King County will protect regional water quality while reducing energy consumption at the South Treatment Plant in Renton thanks in part to a generous grant from Puget Sound Energy.

10
DEC

Major flood protection project completed along Green River
With the completion of the largest in-river flood protection project in the six-year history of the King County Flood Control District, hundreds of homes and businesses near the Green River in Auburn now have enhanced flood protection for this flood season - and for decades to come.

9
DEC

Updated King County green building policy tops in nation for facility sustainability, performance
All King County government construction and major renovation projects must strive to achieve the top national green construction rating under an ordinance proposed by King County Executive Dow Constantine and unanimously approved today by the Metropolitan King County Council

5
DEC

Marine habitat restoration work in Green-Duwamish watershed key to chinook recovery
Across the Green River watershed, habitat restoration projects are under way in a coordinated effort to half the native chinook salmon's long and steady decline toward extinction.

31
OCT

Regional Advisory Council launches cooperative planning for Eastside Rail Corridor
The Eastside Rail Corridor Regional Advisory Council (RAC) - the panel created to plan how the owners can develop a coordinated vision for the future of the corridor - has given its unanimous approval of a report affirming cooperation on future uses of the corridor.

23
OCT

Learning farm yields bounty of benefits for students, community
A sustainable education partnership between King County’s Wastewater Treatment Division and Seattle University is making a difference for students and community members.

23
OCT

Snoqualmie Valley farmland saved, rural economy boosted, under King County plan
A proposal put forth today by King County Executive Dow Constantine to acquire historic Snoqualmie Valley farmland hints at what the County hopes to accomplish on a much wider scale in years to come.

11
OCT

Major project completed along Cedar River to restore habitat and reduce flood risk
A complex, multi-year project is winding down along a portion of the Cedar River, where, for decades, chronic flooding threatened dozens of residents, and where the quality of fish and wildlife habitat was greatly diminished by the river's restricted channel.

26
SEP

King County renames hiking trails to honor climbing legends Jim Whittaker, Nawang Gombu
Two popular hiking trails leading to the highest point in Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park were officially renamed for mountaineering legends Jim Whittaker and Sherpa Nawang Gombu in a ceremony today with Mr. Whittaker and King County Executive Dow Constantine.

16
SEP

Seattle and King County Councils approve historic growth-management partnership
As many as 25,000 acres of King County’s farms and forests will receive protection from development under an innovative partnership proposed by King County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, and approved today by both the City and the County Councils.

5
AUG

Burke-Gilman Trail among nation’s best, according to USA Today
The Burke-Gilman Trail - a mainstay for alternative commuters, weekend warriors and families enjoying a stroll on a warm evening in King County - has been named one of the best urban bike paths in the country by USA Today newspaper.

1
AUG

Commitment to excellence earns honors for King County wastewater treatment facilities
Four King County wastewater treatment plants earned state and national honors for outstanding performance and environmental compliance in 2012.

25
JUL

King County purchases mobile home park along flood-prone Cedar River
As part of an ongoing, long-term project to protect public safety, King County has acquired a mobile home park that lies close to a flood-prone portion of the Cedar River in Maple Valley, and was offered for sale by its owner.

22
JUL

Partnership reaches agreement to save Squak Mountain
An agreement has been finalized for permanent public ownership of 216 acres of forestland on Squak Mountain, following several months of negotiations with the landowner.

18
JUL

Fish kill in Vashon’s Quartermaster Harbor is linked to harmful algae bloom
As many as 25,000 acres of King County’s farms and forests would be protected from development under an innovative partnership proposed by King County Executive Dow Constantine to transfer rural development rights into Seattle’s Downtown and South Lake Union for increased urban density.

8
JUL

County Executive proposes strengthening “farm-to-city connection” with Seattle
As many as 25,000 acres of King County’s farms and forests would be protected from development under an innovative partnership proposed by King County Executive Dow Constantine to transfer rural development rights into Seattle’s Downtown and South Lake Union for increased urban density.

12
JUN

A smoother, safer trail as King County Parks reopens East Lake Sammamish Trail in Issaquah
Paving and upgrades over 2.2 miles make the popular trail more accessible to visitors of all ages and abilities

10
JUN

Executive thanks Governor for Smart Communities award recognizing completion of wall against sprawl
King County’s success in permanently protecting from development 43,000 acres of the White River Forest east of Enumclaw – essentially completing a “green wall against sprawl” – today earned the County a Smart Communities Award from Governor Jay Inslee.

3
JUN

King County brownfields program manager wins national leadership award
The manager of King County's successful Brownfields Program has won a leadership award from the National Association of Local Government Environmental Professionals (NALGEP).