Natural Resources and Parks
Seattle and King County celebrate 'Food Day'
In honor of Food Day – Oct. 24 – Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and King County Executive Dow Constantine have issued a joint proclamation recognizing the role that a healthy, sustainable food system plays in supporting the health of our residents, fostering our local economy, and protecting and enhancing our natural resources.
King County closing Flood Warning Center, but will continue to monitor river levels, weather forecasts
King County closed its flood warning center at 11:15 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20, after a full day of monitoring minor to moderate flood conditions along the Snoqualmie River.
King County Flood Warning Center opens to monitor minor flooding on Snoqualmie River
The King County Flood Warning Center opened at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20, after several hours of heavy rain brought minor flooding to the Snoqualmie River.
King County Flood Warning Center issues Phase 3 flood alert for Snoqualmie River
The King County Flood Warning Center, which opened at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20 to monitor rising river levels, has issued a Phase 3 flood alert for the Snoqualmie River. Flooding is possible across low-lying areas of the Snoqualmie Valley.
Community meetings coming to discuss updated King County landslide hazards maps
King County and the King County Flood Control District have set a series of free community meetings in late October and early November, when interested residents can learn more about recently updated landslide hazard maps.
Wastemobile ends household hazardous waste collection season with Oct. 21-23 Bothell visit
The Wastemobile, a roving household hazardous waste collection facility, ends its 2016 schedule with a visit to Bothell, Oct. 21-23
Wastemobile comes to Renton Oct. 14-16 for household hazardous waste collection event
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 Renton, Oct. 14-16.
Learn more about Cedar Hills Regional Landfill on landfill tour, at community meeting
Learn more about King County’s Cedar Hills Regional Landfill by taking a guided tour of the facility on Oct. 15, and attending a community meeting in Issaquah on Oct. 25.
New web cameras at King County solid waste facilities let customers see average wait times
King County’s Solid Waste Division is helping customers make more informed decisions about where and when to dispose of their waste and recycling. With the installation of new web cameras, customers will be able to view the line of vehicles waiting to enter six of the division’s busiest transfer stations.
Community meeting Oct. 13 on Bear Creek Watershed Stormwater Plan
Join the discussion at an Oct. 13 community meeting at Woodinville City Hall on how to manage stormwater in the Bear Creek Watershed to protect water quality and public health and how it will impact you and where you live.
White Center bike playground offers place where safe-riding skills can be honed
A partnership between King County Parks and Cascade Bicycle Club has created the state’s first bike playground – a place where riders of all abilities can safely learn how to ride.
King County leaders urge flood preparedness with forecast of ‘La Nada’ weather pattern
With climate scientists citing a likely “La Nada” winter weather pattern that can increase the chance of extreme storms, King County government leaders urged residents to prepare now for potential flood emergencies in the months ahead. King County and the King County Flood Control District proclaimed October as Flood Awareness Month.
Partnership delivers new trail system, access at King County Parks’ Black Diamond Open Space
King County Parks and Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance are celebrating the completion of nearly eight miles of mountain bike trails, along with a new trailhead, at Black Diamond Open Space.
Modest solid waste rate increase will help County update facilities, add recycling options
For the first time since 2013, King County will increase its solid waste disposal fee, and residents who pay for curbside collection service as well as customers who use a County solid waste facility will see a modest increase in disposal rates. The new rates take effect Jan. 1, 2017, and will help pay for the modernization of solid waste management and recycling systems.
Wastemobile comes to Redmond Oct. 7-9 for household hazardous waste collection event
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 makes its final visit to Redmond in 2016, Oct. 7-9.
Algona Transfer Station replacement project final environmental impact statement released
A final environmental impact statement has been issued for a new south King County recycling and transfer station that would replace a 1960’s-era facility that is past its engineered lifespan.
‘Salmon SEEson’ returns for 10th year: Spot fish coming home to King County rivers, streams
Native salmon are returning to the spawning grounds on rivers and streams across King County – and there are a number of places where people can watch this epic journey conclude.
Now available: New and improved King County landslide hazards maps
King County and King County Flood Control District announced the availability of new landslide hazard maps. Created with state-of-the-art technology, the maps support earlier conclusions that no communities in King County face the unique combination of conditions present in the 2014 Snohomish County landslide. King County and King County Flood Control District will hold community workshops for residents to better understand landslides and other risks.
King County Executive announces new round of grants for projects in unincorporated areas
A sixth year of grant funding for unincorporated King County residents was announced today by Executive Dow Constantine, who thanked past grant recipients for their work in building stronger communities.
King County’s bond sale saves ratepayers millions
Excellent credit ratings and continued favorable financial market conditions combine to benefit ratepayers served by King County’s Wastewater Treatment Division. On Sept. 12, the County sold $500 million of sewer revenue bonds, essentially re-financing its debt to save $104 million over the next 33 years.