Natural Resources and Parks
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.
‘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.
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.
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.
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.
‘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.
King County reopens beaches between Madrona Beach and Howell Park after results show safe conditions following a pump station power outage
After water quality tests showed conditions were safe, Public Health -- Seattle & King County today reopened beaches between Madrona Beach and Howell Park along Lake Washington.
Executive Constantine announces $4.6 million to promote equitable access to youth sports and outdoor recreation, investments guided by Black and Brown communities
King County Parks partnered with the King County Play Equity Coalition and 50 independent community reviewers to evaluate proposals applying the principles of racial equity to guide $4.6 million in funding for youth sports and recreation that was announced today by Executive Constantine.
King County crews activate generator after utility power outage at East Pine Street Pump Station in Madrona
King County Wastewater crews responded to a power outage at the East Pine Street Pump Station in Madrona that shut down equipment and caused an overflow into Lake Washington today. Workers started the emergency generator and the pump station is back online.
‘Workers Ahead’ on Cedar Grove Road Southeast as wastewater line improvement project begins Tuesday
King County’s Solid Waste Division will begin utility work on Cedar Grove Road Southeast starting Tuesday. The work will impact weekday traffic for about two weeks. The project entails installation of new access vaults and equipment to improve reliability of a wastewater line that runs from King County’s Cedar Hills Regional Landfill to the South Treatment Plant in Renton.
King County is removing nearly 2,000 toxic-coated pilings from the Harbor Island shoreline, improving habitat for marine life in the Duwamish River
The King County Solid Waste Division is removing a derelict timber dock from the mouth of the Duwamish River, supporting a regional effort to clean up historic pollution and restore shoreline and aquatic habitat.
Join forestry experts for a walking tour of Island Center Forest to see how King County is making it more resilient to climate impacts
Vashon and Maury island residents are invited to join a King County forester on Aug. 27 for a hike in the Island Center Forest to see how the county will make the 448-acre forest more resilient to climate impacts.
King County Surface Water Management Fee discount available for income-eligible property owners in unincorporated areas
Qualifying income-eligible property owners in unincorporated King County can receive a 50% discount on their annual surface water management fee that funds work to safeguard public health, prevent flooding and protect habitat. Property owners whose family income is equal to or less than 200% of the federal poverty level and live on their property are eligible for the discount. The deadline to apply is Sept. 15.
Limited deer hunt set for Oct. 15 – 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.
Executive Constantine demonstrates progress on making region's treatment plant more resilient to climate impacts as King County hosts national conference for clean water agencies
King County crews are preparing to install on-site batteries at West Point Treatment Plant, providing operators with an uninterruptable power supply when voltage sags occur. It’s the latest in a series of improvements to make the 56-year-old treatment plant more resilient to climate impacts.
Executive Constantine announces King County’s first-ever Wildfire Risk Reduction Strategy, strengthening the region’s resiliency, response, and recovery
King County has developed its first-ever Wildfire Risk Reduction Strategy, a set of 12 recommended actions to improve preparedness, response, and recovery as the region experiences hotter, drier summers due to climate change.
Tickets on sale now for August showings at the BECU Drive-in Movies at King County’s Marymoor Park
Tickets are on sale now for the BECU Drive-in Movies at Marymoor August dates, with eight great nights of movies under the stars at King County’s Marymoor Park.
King County to study three sites for its Northeast Recycling and Transfer Station Project
King County’s Solid Waste Division has identified two sites in Kirkland and one in Woodinville as potential locations for its Northeast Recycling and Transfer Station Project. The three sites will be studied in an environmental review process this fall that includes public comment opportunities.
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.
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.