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2021 news releases

29
MAR

King County to support more ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle waste through $1.8 million in innovation grants
King County’s Solid Waste Division will distribute up to $1.8 million for local recycling, reuse, and waste reduction projects through its new Re+ Circular Economy Grant Program. Applicants are eligible for $20,000 to $300,000 per project. A virtual information session is set for April 6, and the application deadline is May 6.

30
DEC

Residents encouraged to delay trips to King County garbage and recycling transfer stations until roadways are safer
Due to the impact of snow and icy roads on regional waste hauling operations, King County’s Solid Waste Division is encouraging self-haul customers to delay trips to garbage and recycling facilities.

22
DEC

First-of-its-kind study in King County tracks migration patterns of threatened chinook salmon in the Green-Duwamish River
Scientists with the King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks placed small transponders inside young, wild and hatchery chinook salmon to collect valuable data on how the threatened salmon use habitat in the Green-Duwamish River as they migrate. Movements of the fish were recorded as they passed a specialized floating antenna in the river near Tukwila.

21
DEC

With an active flood season underway, ‘Be Flood Ready’ information can help people in King County reduce risks and protect property
The 2021-22 “Be Flood Ready” brochure is available to help everyone who works, lives, or commutes through flood-prone areas stay safe during what is already an active flood season. Available online in 23 languages, the brochure produced by the King County Flood Control District has been mailed to everyone in the King County floodplain.

20
DEC

Seasons Green-ings: Holiday recycling tips from King County’s Solid Waste Division
From trees to light strands, to gift wrap and post-feast food scraps, take the mystery out of how to properly recycle holiday waste with tips from King County’s Solid Waste Division.

17
DEC

King County is making it easier to recycle mattresses, box springs and futons with expanded service at five transfer stations
Mattress recycling service will expand to five King County transfer stations, including Bow Lake, Enumclaw, Factoria, Shoreline, and Vashon, on Jan. 1. A $30 handling fee for recycling and disposal of mattresses, box springs, and futons will also go into effect at all King County stations and the Cedar Hills Regional Landfill.

1
DEC

VIDEO: Meet a member of the new King County Parks crew connecting people to jobs and housing
The new King County Parks Beautification Crews are now restoring and enhancing regional parks and trails while connecting crew members who are experiencing homelessness to jobs and housing support. One crew member, Fredrick Reed, shares his personal story in a video profile.

28
NOV

King County Flood Warning Center closes as river flows recede, but workers will monitor forecasts, conditions
The King County Flood Warning Center closed at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 28, as the threat of minor flooding from heavy rainfall eased along the Snoqualmie River. With weather forecasts calling for additional rainfall in the coming days, Flood Warning Center employees will continue to monitor river conditions to ensure continued public safety.

27
NOV

King County Flood Warning Center opens to monitor rising flows on Snoqualmie River
The King County Flood Warning Center opened at 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 27, to monitor minor flooding along the Snoqualmie River.

24
NOV

Entering holiday shopping season, King County promotes ‘guilt-free garbage’ to ensure collected recyclables can be reused
The King County Solid Waste Division wants to remind everyone as we head into the busy holiday shopping, shipping, packaging, and entertaining season that plastic bags, wrap, and other non-recyclable items should not be put in the recycling bin.

16
NOV

King County WaterWorks grants $5 million to community water quality improvement projects for 2022-23
The King County Council has approved a $5 million project list of 68 water quality grants through the WaterWorks Grant Program. Cities, non-profit groups, educational institutions, and community groups will lead the projects that help King County reach its goals of clean water and community partnerships.

15
NOV

King County Flood Warning Center closes as rainfall diminishes, river flood levels recede
The King County Flood Warning Center closed at 9:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 15 as rivers that had been brought to minor and moderate flood levels for several days due to heavy rainfall slowly receded.

14
NOV

King County Flood Warning Center issues Phase 2 flood alert for Tolt River, with minor flooding possible
The King County Flood Warning Center has issued a Phase 2 flood alert for the Tolt River, with minor flooding possible in areas along the river upstream of Carnation.

14
NOV

King County Flood Warning Center issues Phase 3 flood alert for Snoqualmie River – moderate flooding possible
The King County Flood Warning Center has issued a Phase 3 flood alert for the Snoqualmie River, as another storm with heavy rainfall strikes the region and sends river flows higher.

14
NOV

King County Flood Warning Center opens to monitor rising flows on Snoqualmie River
The King County Flood Warning Center opened at 2:30 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 14, to monitor minor flooding along the Snoqualmie River.

13
NOV

King County Flood Warning Center closes as rainfall eases and rivers continue to recede
With rain diminishing and stream flows stabilizing, the King County Flood Warning Center closed at 1:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 13, following slightly more than 24 hours of continuous operation to closely monitor river flooding. County employees will continue to monitor weather forecasts and stream conditions.

12
NOV

King County Flood Warning Center issues Phase 3 flood alert for Snoqualmie River, as rain continues to push flows higher
The King County Flood Warning Center has issued a Phase 3 flood alert for Snoqualmie River, with moderate flooding possible and an increased potential for road closures in low-lying areas of the Snoqualmie Valley.

12
NOV

Minor flooding possible on Tolt, White rivers as King County Flood Warning Center monitoring rising flows from heavy rain
The King County Flood Warning Center has issued a Phase 2 flood alert for the Tolt and White rivers, with minor flooding possible in low-lying areas along those rivers.

12
NOV

King County Flood Warning Center opens to monitor rising rivers as powerful rainstorm sweeps through region
The King County Flood Warning Center opened at 12:30 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 12, to monitor minor flooding along the Snoqualmie River, following several hours of heavy rainfall.

10
NOV

King County Parks, WSDOT open new segment of Eastrail, connecting to three waterfront parks along Lake Washington
A new segment of Eastrail opened today offering another connection option between Renton and Bellevue. With connections to three waterfront parks along Lake Washington the new 20-foot-wide mixed surface trail provides more space between people walking and biking and provides an additional opportunity for people with limited mobility to enjoy the outdoors.