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Runoff vote on research vessel open through Jan. 19


King County is hosting a final runoff vote in its “Name the Vessel” contest through noon on Jan. 19. The contest is open to new and previous voters, who will be able to choose the winner from the top two finalists.


King County’s “Name the Vessel” contest has been winnowed down to the remaining two finalists, and people now have through noon on Jan. 19 to pick the winning name in a brand new round of runoff voting:
  • SoundGuardian
  • Cascadia

Residents can vote online for their top choice through Jan. 19. The winner will be announced on Jan. 20 and receive a plaque recognizing their contribution, as well as tour of the new boat when it officially begins service in the summer of 2016.

The contest is open to all King County residents, including people who voted in the first round in December.

In November, King County launched a contest to name a new 48-foot environmental research vessel that county field scientists will use to collect water quality data in Puget Sound, Lake Washington and the Duwamish River. The new vessel is scheduled to begin service in June. It will replace the current vessel, The Liberty, which has been in service for 40 years.

The new vessel, which will enable employees to do more work in less time, will also be able to respond much more quickly to environmental emergencies such as illegal spills and dumping, toxic algae blooms, fish kills and beach erosion.

For more information about the mission of King County’s Environmental Lab, please visit