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2022 news releases

1
DEC

Icy roads lead King County to reschedule tonight’s public meeting for the Northeast Recycling and Transfer Station Project
Due to icy roads and potentially hazardous evening driving conditions, King County postponed tonight’s public meeting on the Northeast Recycling and Transfer Station Project. A new date in January will be announced soon.

28
NOV

King County crews repair sewer pipe leak near Lincoln Park in West Seattle
A leak in the sewer pipe along Lincoln Park in West Seattle was quickly repaired by King County Wastewater Treatment Division crews within hours of notification on Sunday. The line and system are now fully operational.

27
NOV

King County crews quickly stop leak in wastewater pipe near Barton Pump Station and begin cleanup
A leak in the combined sewer force main pipe near Barton Pump Station in West Seattle was reported to King County Wastewater Treatment Division on Sunday, Nov. 27. Staff quickly responded to stop the leak and flows to the beach at Lincoln Park.

7
NOV

Opportunity to comment on environmental impact statement scope for King County’s next Flood Management Plan
King County is collecting input from Monday, Nov. 7 through Friday, Dec. 9, on the scope of an environmental impact statement for the next King County Flood Management Plan. Comments from the public, tribal governments, and city, state, and federal agencies will shape how the County approaches flood planning.

3
NOV

King County seeks public comment on a proposed recycling and transfer station project planned for Kirkland or Woodinville
King County’s Solid Waste Division is seeking public comment on the scope of an environmental impact statement the agency is preparing for its new Northeast Recycling and Transfer Station Project. An online open house along with three public meetings will offer project information, and opportunities to comment in person or in writing.

2
NOV

People in King County urged to prepare for another active flood season as the third-in-a-row ‘La Nina’ weather pattern is predicted
The King County Executive and King County Flood Control District Chair remind everyone to prepare now for what could be another active flood season as the region faces the third consecutive winter with a “La Nina” weather pattern, and as climate change increases the potential for more frequent and severe flooding.

1
NOV

People experiencing homelessness are helping King County restore Green River habitat, learn job skills
King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks’ second Jobs and Housing Program crew is helping maintain completed restoration projects and lay the foundation for future restoration successes.

21
OCT

Personal checks no longer accepted at King County solid waste transfer facilities starting Dec. 5
King County’s Solid Waste Division will no longer accept personal checks to pay for disposal services at its transfer stations and drop boxes effective Dec. 5. Customers can continue to use cash, debit card, or credit card, and are encouraged to reduce costs by using facilities with recycling and yard waste disposal services.

17
OCT

Help King County determine how to award grant funding that will improve the region’s water quality
King County Wastewater Treatment Division has opportunities available for eight people who would like to volunteer and serve their community by joining the WaterWorks Grant Ranking Committee. The deadline to apply is Oct. 25.

14
OCT

Bolstering innovative projects that reduce food waste, increase recycling, and put valuable resources back into the economy
The King County Solid Waste Division and the Washington State departments of Ecology and Commerce announce 16 projects for the inaugural NextCycle Washington Circular Accelerator – a program that provides business support to innovators in waste prevention and recycling. Selected projects focus on a range of waste prevention issues that are good for the environment, including food waste and composting, repair and reuse, and expanding access to recycling services.

13
OCT

Amid promising signs of health for native kokanee salmon, recovery partners release young fish into Lake Sammamish that were flown in from an Orcas Island hatchery
Following a lakeside celebration that included the Snoqualmie Tribe, partners released young kokanee salmon into Lake Sammamish that had been flown in earlier this year from an Orcas Island hatchery. The group will have released a total of 14,200 into the lake by the end of the year.

13
OCT

King County, State of Washington support environmental innovation and waste prevention through NextCycle Program
The King County Solid Waste Division and the Washington State departments of Ecology and Commerce announce 16 projects for the inaugural NextCycle Washington Circular Accelerator – a program that provides business support to innovators in waste prevention and recycling. Selected projects focus on a range of waste prevention issues that are good for the environment, including food waste and composting, repair and reuse, and expanding access to recycling services.

10
OCT

Revitalized Skyway Park reopens to the public with new playground, enhanced sports fields, and improved lighting and accessibility
A $3.9 million capital project at Skyway Park is complete, providing a new playground, new and enhanced sports fields, improved lighting, and better ADA accessibility. The project was mostly funded by the voter-approved King County Parks Levy.

4
OCT

Get rid of household hazardous waste safely and easily this fall with final Wastemobile stops or year-round drop-off locations 
People who live in Redmond, Renton, and Bothell can safely dispose of fluorescent light bulbs, batteries, oil-based paint, and many other household hazardous products at this year’s final three upcoming Wastemobile events in October. After that, four permanent locations will provide year-round disposal options.

26
SEP

Help King County prepare communities for more frequent, severe floods that are occurring due to climate change
As climate change increases the potential for more frequent and more severe flooding across the region, King County is seeking community expertise and advice on managing flood risks to people, homes, businesses, and roads. Two online meeting options – Tuesday, Oct. 4, from 10 a.m. to noon or Thursday, Oct. 6 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. – will kick off the plan update. This is the first opportunity for public input on this countywide plan.

22
SEP

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

7
SEP

King County seeks volunteer from northwest Seattle for advisory committee that helps guide open space conservation
King County has an opening on its Conservation Futures Advisory Committee, which helps the County Executive and County Council make decisions on open space acquisition and preservation. Recruitment is open until Sept. 26.

31
AUG

Executive Constantine wants to replicate King County’s success at making protected farmland more accessible to immigrant and refugee farmers, strengthening the local food economy
Executive Constantine recently toured King County-owned farmland along the Green River that is providing more equitable access to the local food economy. King County is gradually transitioning the farmland from a single, corporate-owned farm business to one that better reflects the racial and cultural diversity of South King County and produces more culturally relevant food that is more available at local farmers markets.

30
AUG

Short-term beach and trail closure Sept. 7-8 at Discovery Park when King County’s West Point Treatment Plant replaces pipe
To protect public health and safety, King County construction work at the West Point Treatment Plant will require a short-term closure of access to North and South beaches, the lighthouse, and the nearby beachfront parking lot area in Discovery Park, Sept. 7-8.

29
AUG

‘Food: Too Good to Waste’ campaign encourages King County residents to reduce food waste
King County offers tips to reduce food waste, including ways to keep food fresh longer and how to better understand food labels, through the “Food: Too Good to Waste” campaign.