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May news releases


Safety upgrades coming soon as work gets underway on final segment of old interim East Lake Sammamish Trail
Safety and accessibility upgrades are coming to a 1.7-mile-long stretch of the East Lake Sammamish Trail in Sammamish, as construction crews convert the last remaining segment of the old interim trail into a final master planned trail with a wide paved surface and other improvements.


Use caution around cold rivers, lakes, and Puget Sound as warmer weather arrives this Memorial Day weekend
Sunny and warmer weather is expected to bring residents to area rivers, lakes, and Puget Sound this long Memorial Day weekend, and King County officials urge everyone to be safe and aware of cold-water temperatures.


Safer wet cleaning program piloted in King County to reduce exposure to dangerous chemical going statewide this month
Since 2018, King County’s Hazardous Waste Management Program has helped local businesses switch to an environmentally safer dry-cleaning method that reduces exposure to the dangerous chemical perchloroethylene (PERC). The County program has ended, now that a statewide program is in place to help dry cleaners around the state eliminate the use of PERC.


Temporary road closure on Southeast Reinig Road for construction
Southeast Reinig Road will be temporarily closed June 15-Oct. 12 when construction takes place to repair a damaged revetment on the right bank of the Snoqualmie River.


Wastemobile offers safe and convenient hazardous waste disposal in Bothell, May 14-16
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 Bothell, May 14-16.


Beaches at Golden Gardens and Discovery Park reopen after water testing confirms safe conditions
Beaches at Golden Gardens and Discovery Park were reopened to the public on Saturday, May 1 after water quality testing showed safe results. The beaches were closed out of an abundance of caution on April 29 following a sewer overflow caused by a power loss after equipment malfunctioned. Consecutive days of testing confirmed that the water is safe.