Natural Resources and Parks
King County announces recipients of White Center ‘Zero Waste’ pilot project grants
King County has selected two community-based organizations to receive $40,800 in grant funding through its White Center Zero Waste pilot project to increase recycling, decrease waste, and reduce community members’ exposure to toxic materials in unincorporated White Center.
Wastemobile continues household hazardous waste collection season with stop in Kent-Covington, March 6-8
Safe and convenient household hazardous waste disposal comes to south King County when the Wastemobile makes a stop in the Kent-Covington area, March 6-8, when residents can safely dispose of old car batteries and automotive fluids, paint thinner, and many other items at no cost.
Public Health – Seattle & King County has re-opened beach in north Seattle
Public Health – Seattle & King County has approved the reopening of a beach after favorable water quality sampling results. The beach is adjacent to privately owned Blue Ridge Park in north Seattle. King County Wastewater Treatment Division crews repaired a low-flow pipe leak at the North Beach Pump Station, which is located next to the park.
Wastemobile begins household hazardous waste collection season in its new location in Redmond, Feb. 21-23
Residents of Redmond, Bothell, Woodinville, and surrounding areas can safely dispose of old car batteries, oil, paint thinner and many other household hazardous items at no cost when the Wastemobile kicks off its 2020 season in Redmond, Feb. 21-23.
King County repairs pipe leak at North Beach Pump Station
The King County Wastewater Treatment Division has completed repairs to a low-flow leak at the North Beach Pump Station in north Seattle. The adjacent privately owned Blue Ridge Park has reopened, and a small section of beach next to the park remains closed pending water quality sampling.
Take a tour and help King County Parks restore habitat at Little Lake Forest near Enumclaw, March 7
Join friends, neighbors and King County Parks employees March 7 for a habitat restoration work party and tour of the 155-acre Little Lake Forest property near Enumclaw, which the county acquired in 2018 for public open space and environmental preservation.
King County Flood Warning Center closing as rivers conditions stabilize following significant widespread flooding
The King County Flood Warning Center closed at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 11, following six days of round-the-clock operations during a major flood event that affected rivers across the region. County employees will continue to monitor weather forecasts and stream conditions.
Middle Fork Snoqualmie River flood risk reduction meeting February 25 in North Bend
Flood hazards on the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River and the projects proposed to reduce associated flood risks will be the focus of a public meeting hosted by King County Flood Control District on Feb. 25, in North Bend.
Update: King County to repair pipe leak at North Beach Pump Station
The King County Wastewater Treatment Division will initiate emergency work on Saturday, Feb. 8, to repair a force main leak at North Beach Pump Station. The pipe travels from the pump station through the privately owned Blue Ridge Park in north Seattle. The park and a small section of beach next to the park were temporarily closed after water quality sampling showed high levels of bacteria.
Controlled dam releases push Green River to Phase 4 flood alert level - severe flooding
The King County Flood Warning Center has issued a Phase 4 flood alert for the Green River with severe flooding possible, following planned releases from a flood-control dam. The Flood Warning Center continues to monitor widespread river flooding in King County after a powerful rainstorm swept across the region earlier this week.
Snoqualmie River up to Phase 3 flood alert as storm’s impacts continue on King County rivers
The King County Flood Warning Center issued a Phase 3 flood alert for the Snoqualmie River at 11 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 6, as flows remain elevated on rivers across the county following a powerful winter storm that dropped several inches of rainfall and led to widespread minor to severe flooding Feb. 5-6.
Flood Warning Center 6:30 a.m. update: Phase 4 flood alert for Cedar River, Phase 3 for Tolt River
The King County Flood Warning Center has issued a Phase 4 flood alert for the Cedar River, with significant widespread flooding possible across the floodplain and numerous road closures from overtopping floodwaters; and a Phase 3 flood alert for the Tolt River, with moderate flooding possible.
Phase 4 flood alert for Issaquah Creek, Phase 3 for Green River, as King County monitors flooding
Issaquah Creek reached a Phase 4 flood alert with significant flood impacts along its course through Issaquah early on Thursday, Feb. 6, while the Green River reached a Phase 3 flood alert level, with the potential for flooding of varied depths in the valley upstream of Auburn. The King County Flood Warning Center opened at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 5 to monitor flooding from the second major winter rainstorm in less than one week.
King County: Phase 3 flood alerts for Cedar River, Issaquah Creek; Phase 2 for Snoqualmie River
Pushed higher by heavy rain across eastern King County, the Cedar River and Issaquah Creek have reached a Phase 3 flood alert level, while the Snoqualmie River has reached a Phase 2 according to the King County Flood Warning Center, which opened at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 5, to monitor conditions.
King County Flood Warning Center adds Tolt River to long list of rivers at minor flood level
The King County Flood Warning Center has issued a Phase 2 flood alert for the Tolt River as it reaches a minor flood phase from a steady rainfall that has pushed several rivers up to minor flood levels.
King County Flood Warning Center opens as rivers running high from earlier rains rise again
After a prolonged period of steady rainfall across much of the region, the King County Flood Warning Center opened at 5:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 5, to monitor minor flooding on rivers that hadn’t fully recovered from last week’s drenching rains. The White, Green and Cedar rivers and Issaquah Creek have all reached the Phase 2 flood alert level.
King County Flood Warning Center closes as river flows stabilize following widespread flooding from heavy rainfall
The King County Flood Warning Center closed at 6 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 2, after monitoring flooding along a half-dozen rivers since the morning of Jan. 31. County employees will continue to monitor weather forecasts and stream conditions.
King County Flood Warning Center: Minor flooding possible along Cedar, Green rivers
The King County Flood Warning Center issued Phase 2 flood alerts for the Green and Cedar rivers at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1, with minor flooding possible in limited areas along the rivers’ rural stretches. The Flood Warning Center continues to monitor minor to severe flooding along several rivers across King County following a sustained winter rainstorm.
King County Flood Warning Center issues Phase 4 flood alert for Tolt River as more rain sends river levels higher
The King County Flood Warning Center issued a Phase 4 flood alert for the Tolt River at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1, with severe flooding possible along the river upstream of Carnation. The Flood Warning Center opened at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 31, to closely monitor river conditions as a powerful storm dumped several inches of rain across the region.