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Enjoy the Fourth of July and recreate responsibly in King County Parks – Your Big Backyard
King County Parks urges visitors to respect the no fireworks rule and follow the seven tips to recreate responsibly when spending time in King County’s parks and on its trails this Fourth of July.


King County scientists see large scale algal bloom, known to be harmful to fish, in central Puget Sound
Scientists from King County’s Environmental Laboratory discovered a large harmful algal bloom in central Puget Sound – Heterosigma akashiwo – which is of particular concern to fish.


Blast from the past: BECU Drive-in Movies at Marymoor Park to run from July 8 – Aug. 27
Summer movie nights at King County’s Marymoor Park are a go, thanks to a popular pastime from another era – Drive In Movies – that allow movie-goers to practice safe distancing in their vehicles. King County will host the BECU Drive-in Movies at Marymoor Park summer series starting July 8 and running every Wednesday and Thursday through August 27.


King County GreenTools Program “sheroes” honored by the US Green Building Council for equity and social justice work
The US Green Building Council honors King County “Women in Green Sheroes” for advancing equity and social justice through sustainable development, green building, and community empowerment.


Decals now available at King County Solid Waste Recycling and Transfer Stations for service area customers
King County’s Solid Waste Division will now provide transfer station customers with a decal to easily show scale operators they live in or have a business within the service area. In May, King County resumed enforcing an existing policy that requires customers to show proof of residence or business in its service area, which excludes the cities of Seattle and Milton.


King County Green Schools Program recognizes 40 schools for resource conservation
Forty schools earned recognition as King County Green Schools for their 2019-20 environmental efforts, even while navigating COVID-19 closures in the spring. The King County Green Schools Program helps schools and school districts engage students and employees in learning about and practicing resource conservation. To date, 320 K-12 schools across King County have benefited from the program.


Gas system improvement work at King County’s Houghton Closed Landfill in Kirkland begins June 10
King County’s Solid Waste Division will begin a gas system improvement project at the Houghton Closed Landfill in Kirkland on June 10. Trail users north of the Taylor Ball Fields should use caution when approaching the work area, and to keep pets leashed for their safety.


King County to get the poop on swim beach water quality and help protect swimmers’ health all summer long
The King County Swimming Beach Monitoring Program is underway to test for poop and toxic algae in the water at the most popular lake beaches countywide. Free alerts are available to help residents keep their families and pets safe. Sign up at


On ‘Secure Your Load Day,’ King County reminds motorists how to improve road safety
Saturday, June 6, is “Secure Your Load Day,” and the King County Solid Waste Division encourages everyone to properly secure their loads to keep roadways safe, avoid fees and prevent litter.


King County crew quickly contains sewer pipe leak at Lake Hills Blvd. and 156th Ave SE in Bellevue
King County Wastewater Treatment Division quickly contained a sewer line leak at Lake Hills Boulevard and 156th Avenue SE in Bellevue today.