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2016 DNRP news releases


King County Parks commemorates 25 years of serving White Center youth with teen program
King County Parks’ White Center Teen Program, which operates at the White Center Community Center in Steve Cox Memorial Park, reached its 25th anniversary in 2016, with this milestone year culminating in the program’s Aztecs U19 boys’ soccer team winning their fall league championship.


Public invited to discuss long-term stewardship of three open space areas near Black Diamond
Help King County Parks develop stewardship recommendations for three King County open spaces in the Black Diamond area by attending a Feb. 8 public meeting in Ravensdale.


1.3-mile-long East Lake Sammamish Trail segment closed for construction starting Dec. 19
Safety and accessibility upgrades are coming to a 1.3-mile-long stretch of the East Lake Sammamish Trail in Sammamish, as construction crews convert one of the last remaining portions of the old interim trail into a final master planned trail with a paved surface and other improvements.


Reminder: Solid waste fee increase Jan. 1 helps King County update facilities, add recycling
New solid waste disposal fees will take effect beginning Jan. 1, to help King County update portions of its 50-year-old solid waste system and increase recycling options. With the new fee in place, a typical curbside customer will likely see an increase of about 77 cents per month in the garbage bill from their hauler.


Water quality victory in Quartermaster Harbor
Parts of Quartermaster Harbor are reopened to shellfish harvesting, thanks to improvements in water quality. The harvest had been closed for decades because of contamination, primarily due to faulty or failing septic systems.


‘Don’t Drip and Drive’ offering free workshops to help motorists inspect, detect vehicle leaks
Free auto leaks inspection workshops are hosted by Don’t Drip and Drive and local community colleges to help you learn how to maintain your vehicle and keep our environment clean.


Natural Resources and Parks is the first King County department to be carbon neutral, achieving Executive's goal a year early
The Department of Natural Resources and Parks is King County’s first agency to achieve an ambitious goal set by Executive Constantine to make its operations and purchases carbon neutral.


King County investigating damaged sewer pipe in Magnolia
King County is investigating a break in a pipe that carries combined wastewater and stormwater flows to the County’s Magnolia Wet Weather Storage Facility near Smith Cove in Seattle. A plan to repair the broken pipe will be developed once the exact location of the break is confirmed.


Tolt River flood-risk reduction strategy meeting set for Dec. 12
The King County Flood Control District will host a public meeting on Dec. 12 to present the current conditions of the Tolt River and get community feedback on proposed flood-risk reduction solutions.


South Fork Snoqualmie River flood-risk reduction strategy meeting set for Dec. 1
The King County Flood Control District will host a public meeting in North Bend on Dec. 1 to present a potential strategy for reducing flood risks on the South Fork Snoqualmie River and gather community feedback.


King County improving water quality by studying Issaquah Creek bacteria sources
Rainy weather detective work helps locate sources of fecal coliform bacteria pollution in Issaquah Creek.


Learn about King County open space preservation at upcoming public meetings
Attend any of three upcoming public meetings to learn more about potential strategies for protecting high conservation value open space in King County.


King County unincorporated area property owners could qualify for drainage assistance
The Neighborhood Drainage Assistance Program helps with flooding and drainage problems affecting private property in unincorporated King County.


Help shape King County’s long-term stewardship of three open space areas near Black Diamond
Help King County Parks develop stewardship recommendations for three King County open spaces in the Black Diamond area by attending a Nov. 30 public meeting in Ravensdale.


‘I Love the Cedar River’ meeting Nov. 16 covers flood-risk reduction, river management
King County, the King County Flood Control District and the Cedar River Council co-host the sixth-annual “I Love the Cedar River” community meeting and open house, Nov. 16, when interested residents can learn about flood protection, restoration and river management.


Help King County Parks reduce congestion at trailheads by taking online survey
As part of its commitment to address crowded parking lots at many of its most-popular backcountry trail access points, King County Parks is launching an online survey to learn more about how hikers, runners and other trail users are accessing these trails.


Vashon yard and food waste recycling: Regular feature after successful pilot project
Yard and food waste recycling is now a regular feature at the Vashon Recycling and Transfer Station, following a successful one-year pilot project when residents brought 584 tons of compostable materials separated from garbage to the King County Solid Waste Division facility.


Executive highlights historic preservation work with King County John D. Spellman Awards
A restored mid-century building in Renton, a traditional Japanese bathhouse in Auburn, and a railway museum in Snoqualmie are among the recipients of the 2016 John D. Spellman Awards for historic preservation in King County.


Reminder: Construction-demolition debris now directed to expanded recycling network
As of Nov. 1, large quantities of construction and demolition waste (C&D) will no longer be accepted for disposal at King County solid waste facilities. Instead, these materials should be taken to a C&D handling facility and put back into the economy as recycled or repurposed materials, or disposed.


Free natural yard care workshops on fall yard design, Nov. 10 and 17
Mark your calendars for Nov. 10 and 17, when workshops are scheduled to help King County homeowners rethink landscape design ideas, get tips for building healthy soil, lawn care, natural pest control and even rain gardens.