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Maury gravel mine site restoration continues as King County preparing fence removal
Work is about to get underway to remove an old chain link and barb wire fence along the boundary of the former gravel mine that is now part of King County Parks’ Maury Island Natural Area.


Duwamish River water quality project earns major federal funding
A low interest loan from the Environmental Protection Agency will save King County sewer utility ratepayers over $30 million on a project that will protect water quality in the Duwamish River and spur economic investment in nearby communities. King County received $134.5 million in funding through EPA’s highly competitive Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act Program.


Earth Day 2018: King County offers volunteer events to support a healthy environment
Proclaiming April 22 “Earth Action Day,” King County encourages residents to volunteer to restore habitat, take on more planet-friendly lifestyles, or get outdoors with Trailhead Direct.


King County forms task force to seek solutions to China recycling import restrictions
King County has formed a task force with representatives from cities, solid waste haulers, and others to improve recycling in light of new rules that have severely restricted what collected recyclables China will accept for processing.


Students, teachers and others to be honored with King County Earth Heroes at School awards
The environmental work of students, teachers, and other members of the school community in King County will be honored at King County’s Earth Heroes at School ceremony in May.


King County Flood Warning Center opens to monitor minor flooding on Tolt River
King County’s Flood Warning Center opened at 12:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 15, as widespread heavy rainfall brought the Tolt River up to a minor flood level. The Flood Warning Center will remain open as long as high flows are present on any King County rivers.


King County Flood Warning Center closes as flows subside on Tolt River
King County’s Flood Warning Center closed at 4:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 15, following a brief opening to monitor high flows on the Tolt River. Workers will continue to monitor river gages and weather forecasts.


Wastemobile visits Des Moines for household hazardous waste collection, April 20-22
Safely dispose of old car batteries, oil, paint thinner and many other household hazardous items at no cost when the Wastemobile comes to Des Moines, April 20-22.


Popular transit service to the Issaquah Alps returns with locations in Seattle and more trailhead options
A popular public-private partnership that provides direct transit service to hiking destinations Issaquah Alps will return April 21 with expanded service from Seattle to more trailheads. On May 19, a second transit service to Mount Si and Mount Teneriffe near North Bend will start at Sound Transit’s Capitol Hill Link light rail station.


King County seeks citizens to serve on panel overseeing open space acquisition, protection
Two positions are open on the King County Conservation Futures Citizen Oversight Committee, which helps the County Council and County Executive make decisions on open space acquisition or preservation.