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2021 news releases

17
OCT

State Route 169 in Maple Valley closure extended through Oct. 20 following discovery of remnant bridge at project site
The closure of State Route 169 north of Cedar Grove Road in Maple Valley has been extended until the evening of Wednesday, Oct. 20, following discovery of a remnant structure at the project site. Work resumed on Sunday, Oct. 17 to install culverts underneath the highway that will reduce flooding and improve fish passage following a required site inspection by the Washington Department of Transportation. Commuters should review the detour route and prepare for delays.

14
OCT

Closure of State Route 169 in Maple Valley, Friday, Oct. 15 at 9 p.m. to Monday, Oct. 18 at 5 a.m., for construction to reduce flood risk
State Route 169 north of Cedar Grove Road in Maple Valley will be closed Friday, Oct. 15 at 9 p.m. until Monday, Oct. 18 at 5 a.m. so crews can replace two culverts to reduce localized flooding and improve fish passage.

1
OCT

King County leaders urge flood preparedness now as forecast for ‘La Nina’ winter hints at wetter, cooler weather
The King County Executive and King County Flood Control District Chair announce October is Flood Awareness Month and remind residents to prepare now for what could be an active season because of the predicted “La Nina” weather pattern this winter.

1
OCT

As statewide plastic bag ban begins Oct. 1, customers reminded to keep plastic bags and wrap out of recycling bins
Washington’s statewide plastic bag ban takes effect Oct. 1, and customers are reminded to reduce recycling contamination by keeping plastic bags and wrap out of recycling bins and taking those materials to drop-off locations or placing them in the garbage.

28
SEP

Wastemobile continues convenient household hazardous waste disposal in King County, visiting Redmond, Oct. 1-3
Safely dispose of old car batteries, oil, paint thinner, and many other household hazardous items at no cost when the Wastemobile makes stops in Redmond, Oct. 1-3.

24
SEP

Local Governments Call for Increased Engagement on Lower Duwamish and East Waterway Superfund Cleanup
King County, the City of Seattle, and the Port of Seattle called for increased community engagement regarding work on the Lower Duwamish and East Waterway Superfund Cleanup in a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

24
SEP

‘Salmon SEEson’ returns: Where to spot fish as they come home to spawn in King County rivers and streams
Salmon are coming home to spawn in King County’s rivers and streams – find details on self-guided and virtual viewing opportunities on the Salmon SEEson website.

15
SEP

Wastemobile offers safe and convenient hazardous waste disposal with visit to Burien, Sept. 17-19
King County residents can safely dispose of old car batteries, oil, paint thinner, and many other household hazardous items at no cost when the Wastemobile comes to Burien, Sept. 17-19.

17
AUG

Learn about the environmental and community benefits of King County’s new South County Recycling and Transfer Station during Aug. 25 virtual open house
Learn more about King County’s new South County Recycling and Transfer Station at a virtual open house on Wednesday, Aug. 25, from 5-7 p.m. Ask questions and provide input on design of the facility, which will replace the 1960s-era Algona Transfer Station and offer an array of recycling services, hazardous waste disposal, sustainable building features, public art, and other community benefits when it opens in 2025.

16
AUG

King County Parks cancels Aug. 21 food celebration CHOMP! to protect health as delta variant COVID-19 cases surge
With COVID-19 cases surging across the region due to the highly contagious delta variant, King County Parks is prioritizing the safety of the community and has made the decision to cancel CHOMP!, the family- and kid-friendly hometown celebration of locally grown food and entertainment was scheduled for this Saturday, Aug. 21, at King County’s Marymoor Park.

16
AUG

Bond refinancing, strong credit, lead to $90 million in ratepayer savings for King County’s sewer utility
Strong credit ratings and favorable financial market conditions continue to benefit ratepayers served by King County’s Wastewater Treatment Division. The County recently issued $565 million in sewer revenue bonds that will save $90 million over the next 26 years.

10
AUG

New outdoor recreation guidelines emphasize importance of preparation, inclusivity, and shared stewardship
Part of a national movement, the Washington Recreate Responsibly Coalition encourages best practices that keep people and places safe and welcoming.

10
AUG

Wastemobile offers safe and convenient hazardous waste disposal in Bothell, Aug. 20-22
Northeast King County residents can safely dispose of old car batteries, oil, paint thinner, and many other household hazardous items at no cost when the Wastemobile comes to Bothell, Aug. 20-22.

9
AUG

King County youth sports grants improve access to programs and facilities, building stronger, healthier communities
King County Executive Dow Constantine today announced more than $2.38 million in funding for youth and amateur sports programs that will increase access for much-needed recreational opportunities across the county – with particular emphasis on enhancing programs for underserved groups and communities.

6
AUG

Limited deer hunt set for Oct. 16 – 31 at King County’s Island Center Forest
While Island Center Forest will be open for deer hunting during an abbreviated season in October, the King County Parks-managed forestland will not be part of the special August deer-hunting season on private land on Vashon-Maury Island that was recently established by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

6
AUG

Wastemobile offers safe and convenient hazardous waste disposal in Carnation, Aug. 13-15
Northeast King County residents can safely dispose of old car batteries, oil, paint thinner, and many other household hazardous items at no cost when the Wastemobile continues its 2021 season with a stop in Carnation, Aug. 13-15.

4
AUG

King County offers 50% discount on surface water management fee for qualifying low-income property owners
Qualifying low-income property owners in unincorporated King County could be eligible for a 50% discount on the annual surface water management fee on their property, which helps protect public health and safety, and improves water quality for fish and wildlife.

2
AUG

Learn about a potential location for the new transfer station that will offer convenient service in northeast King County
King County’s Solid Waste Division is considering a new site in Woodinville as a potential location for its Northeast Recycling and Transfer Station project, which will provide the community with convenient recycling and waste services for decades to come. Learn more about the site and offer input to the project Siting Advisory Group at a virtual meeting on Monday, Aug. 9.

20
JUL

Wastemobile offers safe and convenient hazardous waste disposal in Des Moines, July 23-25
King County residents can safely dispose of old car batteries, oil, paint thinner, and many other household hazardous items at no cost when the Wastemobile continues its 2021 season with a stop in Des Moines, July 23-25.

15
JUL

Repair of vandalism on Burke-Gilman Trail in Bothell requires emergency closure of Wayne Tunnel from July 19-22
King County Parks will close the “Wayne Tunnel” on the Burke-Gilman Trail in Bothell daily on July 19 – 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. to repair recent vandalism that destroyed the tunnel’s lighting and created unsafe conditions for trail visitors.