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2015 DNRP news releases


‘From Mt. Si to Wild Sky’ watershed poster features local contest winner
The Snoqualmie Watershed Forum has just released its 2015 Snoqualmie Watershed poster, featuring the winning entry from last summer’s photography contest, “Focus on the Snoqualmie.” The poster is free while supplies last.


Conservation land purchase to enhance access at popular Mailbox Peak trailhead
The purchase of 82 acres of timberland neighboring the Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie River will ensure more room to roam in the popular Mailbox Peak trailhead area.


State appellate court upholds King County damages award
On Monday, the Washington State Court of Appeals affirmed a 2012 jury verdict awarding King County $144 million in damages and attorney’s fees after finding a Brightwater tunneling contractor defaulted on key contractual obligations.


King County’s innovative partnership with Seattle to fuel smart growth and save farmland wins ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ from state
In announcing the award, the state Department of Commerce described the Transfer of Development Rights partnership between King County and Seattle as one of the best examples of successful planning in the 25 years since passage of the state Growth Management Act. In only two years, King County has sold $2 million worth of development rights to Seattle developers and protected 12 farms totaling 900 acres. And that’s only the start.


Solid credit ratings, favorable market conditions lower borrowing costs for sewer utility ratepayers
Solid credit ratings and favorable financial market conditions continue to benefit ratepayers served by King County’s Wastewater Treatment Division. On Monday, the County secured $105 million in funding at the lowest borrowing cost since the 1960s.


King County historic preservation achievements celebrated at John D. Spellman Awards
Recipients of the 2015 John D. Spellman Awards for Exemplary Achievement in Historic Preservation were honored last week at the North Bend Theatre in North Bend.


King County’s Vashon Treatment Plant recognized for perfect permit compliance
King County’s Vashon Treatment Plant earned the prestigious “Outstanding Performance Award” from the state Department of Ecology for perfect compliance with permit conditions in 2014.


King County’s South Treatment Plant earns coveted “Outstanding Performance Award”
King County’s South Treatment Plant earned the prestigious “Outstanding Performance Award” from the state Department of Ecology for perfect compliance with permit conditions in 2014.


King County’s Carnation Treatment Plant earns prestigious environmental award
King County’s Carnation Treatment Plant earned the prestigious “Outstanding Performance Award” from the state Department of Ecology for perfect compliance with permit conditions in 2014.


Land preservation: Leaders celebrate Vashon-Maury Island’s most-valued open spaces
King County Executive Constantine, Councilmember McDermott and Vashon-Maury Island Land Trust celebrate the work of State Sen. Nelson to secure funding to protect the islands’ remaining critical open space and wildlife habitat.


King County wastewater treatment plants earn national environmental awards
Commitment to environmental excellence and an outstanding record of permit compliance earned King County’s wastewater treatment plants several awards from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies.


Fish and wildlife will benefit from habitat improvements along Cedar River
Habitat improvements, including creating side channel, native vegetation planting, and other work, will make a stretch of the publicly owned land along the Cedar River east of Renton a better place for fish and wildlife.


Executive delivers bold new plan to confront climate change after hottest June on record
King County Executive Dow Constantine’s five-year action plan on climate change, an ambitious, results-oriented road map, heads to the County Council.


King County adopts final Cedar River channel migration zone study and map
A new map that shows channel migration zones along the Cedar River has been published by King County.


Partnership celebrates completion of major Snoqualmie River habitat restoration project
Partners in the Upper Carlson Floodplain Restoration project came together to celebrate completion of a multi-year effort to reconnect the Snoqualmie River to its old floodplain - creating dozens of acres of new fish and wildlife habitat, while maintaining flood protection for homes, roads and farmland.


Earth Week Sammamish kokanee release celebrates partnership to save ‘little red fish’
Executive Constantine joins Lake Sammamish Kokanee Work Group and area students in release of rare juvenile fish on Laughing Jacobs Creek


Executive Constantine honors 14 eco-friendly leaders with Green Globe Awards
From improving the local food system, to leadership in environmental and social justice, food waste prevention, open space preservation, earth-friendly building practices and more, King Countys' 2015 Green Globe Award winners are an inspiration to those working to protect the environment.


King County clean-water infrastructure creates artificial reef for endangered fish
Puget Sound is again becoming a desirable neighborhood for rare rockfish and other endangered species thanks to the Brightwater treatment system’s creation of habitat off of Point Wells north of Shoreline.


King County and The Trust for Public Land complete preservation of Squak Mountain property for public use
King County and The Trust for Public Land are taking the last few steps in a two-year-long journey to permanently preserve more than 200 acres of Cascade foothills forestland.