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2022 news releases

28
JUN

Embrace adventure with Refuge Outdoor Festival: Fifth-annual Refuge Outdoor Festival, Aug. 12-14, expands BIPOC community access to outdoor recreation at King County’s Tolt-MacDonald Park
The fifth-annual Refuge Outdoor Festival returns to King County’s Tolt-MacDonald Park Aug. 12-14, offering a camping experience focused on expanding participation and access to the great outdoors by and for Black, Indigenous, People of Color, and allies through outdoor recreation workshops, music performances, art exhibitions, and community building.

24
JUN

King County to develop its first-ever Extreme Heat Mitigation Strategy to prepare the region for more intense, prolonged heat waves caused by climate change
Multiple King County departments are working with communities to develop the county’s first-ever Extreme Heat Mitigation Strategy to prepare the region for prolonged heat events that are occurring more frequently as the result of climate change. The record-setting heat wave in 2021 killed over 30 people in King County, the deadliest climate-related event in the region’s history.

21
JUN

Largest Snoqualmie River habitat restoration project begins near Fall City to benefit salmon, improve area flood protection
After almost a decade of project development, design, and fundraising, construction begins this summer on the Fall City Floodplain Restoration Project that will reconnect 145 acres of historic Snoqualmie River floodplain and reestablish vital habitat to benefit depleted Puget Sound salmon populations.

21
JUN

King County urges caution near local rivers, lakes, Puget Sound this summer as water is cold, fast from above-normal snowpack
With a cooler spring and lingering heavy snowpack creating swift-flowing rivers and colder open water temperatures, the King County Sheriff’s Office, Department of Natural Resources and Parks, and Public Health – Seattle & King County urge people to be more vigilant this summer around local lakes, rivers, and beaches.

16
JUN

King County Solid Waste launches NextCycle Washington to expand region’s circular economy with financial, technical support
The King County Solid Waste Division is launching the NextCycle Washington program to provide technical and financial support to businesses to expand efforts around waste prevention, product repair, reuse and recycling, and composting. Applications are accepted through July 15.

10
JUN

CHOMP!, King County’s local food celebration, returns Aug. 20 to Marymoor Park with free live music, sustainable workshops, family activities
Drive-By Truckers will be the headliners for this year’s CHOMP!, King County’s daylong celebration of local food, live music, and green living workshops and other free activities when the event returns Aug. 20 to Marymoor Park.

10
JUN

King County Flood Warning Center closes as river levels recede, and will monitor flows with more heavy rain expected
The King County Flood Warning Center closed at 2 p.m. on Friday, June 10, as river levels receded from their peak flows following a strong late spring rainstorm that led to isolated minor flooding on the Snoqualmie River.

10
JUN

King County Flood Warning Center opens as strong late spring storm leads to minor flooding along Snoqualmie River
The King County Flood Warning Center opened at 12:45 a.m. on Friday, June 10, to monitor minor flooding along the Snoqualmie River as heavy rainfall from a powerful spring storm sent river levels higher across the region.

7
JUN

Tickets go on sale Friday for the next series of BECU Drive-in Movies at Marymoor Park, starting with 'Mean Girls' and 'Top Gun'
Organizers expect each screening for the next series of BECU Drive-in Movies at Marymoor Park to sell out quickly. Tickets go on sale Friday at MoviesatMarymoor.com.

7
JUN

Reminder: Following safety improvements, customer vehicles 25 feet or longer at King County’s Algona, Houghton Renton transfer stations
King County solid waste transfer station customers with vehicles that are 25 feet in length or longer should use the Bow Lake, Enumclaw, Factoria or Shoreline transfer stations, following completion of important safety upgrades completed at the Algona, Houghton and Renton facilities to protect customers from fall hazards.

3
JUN

Three city forest preservation projects in King County contribute to the largest urban forest credit purchase in U.S. history
Forestry projects with King County, City of Issaquah, and Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust -- along with several other partners throughout the country -- earned more than $1 million combined in the first bundled sale of carbon credits generated exclusively by urban forests.

2
JUN

Biologists see promising signs of health for native kokanee salmon four years after Executive Constantine announced actions to help ensure their survival
Biologists observed a sharp increase in the number of adult kokanee salmon returning to spawn four years after Executive Dow Constantine announced that King County would enact recommendations from the Lake Sammamish Kokanee Work Group.

25
MAY

King County experts have identified the best opportunities to restore access to the most salmon habitat, putting the region in a strong position for new federal investments
King County is in a strong position for new federal infrastructure investments that remedy barriers that prevent salmon from swimming freely upstream to vital fish habitat, thanks to a comprehensive field study by staff scientists and engineers. The recommendations are based on an inspection of more than 3,000 potential barriers.

23
MAY

Free cargo nets at 2 King County transfer stations to improve safety and recognize ‘Secure Your Load Day’ – June 4, 11
King County’s Solid Waste Division partnered with the Washington State Department of Transportation to offer free cargo nets to customers at the Bow Lake Recycling and Transfer Station on Saturday, June 4 and the Shoreline Recycling and Transfer Station on Saturday, June 11. The events are part of the annual “Secure Your Load Day” to promote safety by encouraging drivers to properly secure materials in their vehicles.

20
MAY

King County Parks breaks ground on a new trail bridge connecting Eastrail to Sound Transit’s Wilburton Station in Bellevue
A new 500-foot-long trail bridge scheduled to be completed next year will connect Eastrail and Sound Transit’s Wilburton Station and provide a safe critical crossing over one of the busiest streets on the Eastside.

12
MAY

King County Parks begins construction on the final segment of East Lake Sammamish Trail, connecting Puget Sound to Cascade foothills
Construction on the final segment of King County Parks' East Lake Sammamish Trail will begin June 1. It will be the last unpaved gap in a project to create a 44-mile paved regional trail corridor that connects neighborhoods from the Puget Sound shoreline to the Cascade foothills.

11
MAY

Public invited to learn about newest King County projects using large wood to reduce flood risks and restore habitat for fish and wildlife
An online presentation May 17 will highlight upcoming King County projects on the Cedar and Snoqualmie rivers, and Issaquah Creek that use large wood to reduce flood risks, restore floodplains, and improve habitat.

5
MAY

Public invited to open house for King County’s new Northeast Recycling and Transfer Station
King County’s Solid Waste Division will host a virtual open house and information session for the new Northeast Recycling and Transfer Station via Zoom on May 12, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Project staff will give updates on potential recycling and transfer station sites and host a question-and-answer session.

3
MAY

King County crews quickly stop equipment malfunction and overflow at sewer maintenance hole in Auburn
King County crews quickly responded this afternoon to a wastewater spill at a sewer maintenance hole in south Auburn. Cleanup crews are on site.

26
APR

A major King County restoration project along the Green River is improving salmon habitat, protecting homes, farms, and roads from flooding
A successful floodplain restoration project along the Green River near Auburn is improving habitat for fish and wildlife while also protecting farms and homes from flooding and erosion. It now provides greater diversity of habitat for native salmon that provide sustenance for Puget Sound orcas.