Natural Resources and Parks
Executive Constantine announces winners of the 2023 Green Globe Award – King County’s highest honor for environmental stewardship
Eleven individuals and organizations from across King County were honored by Executive Dow Constantine and the King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks with a 2023 Green Globe Award for outstanding work to protect and restore the environment, and contributing to a more resilient, sustainable, more equitable King County.
VIDEO: Regional solutions to reduce stormwater pollution, one of the greatest threats to water quality in the Puget Sound watershed
King County is bringing together Tribes, cities, counties, state and federal agencies, universities, and businesses throughout the Puget Sound region to reduce stormwater pollution, one of the greatest threats to local water quality.
Join a workshop in June to help King County reduce flood risks as the region prepares for climate impacts
King County will host workshops June 14 and June 27 for community input as it makes progress on developing the next countywide flood plan as the region experiences more frequent, severe flooding as the result of climate change.
BECU Outdoor Movies at King County's Marymoor Park return July 6 with food trucks, entertainment, and dog-friendly events
Outdoor movies will return to King County’s Marymoor Park on July 6, when the BECU Movies at Marymoor series opens for its 19th season of outdoor film events, entertainment, and food trucks. The series will run weekly from July 6 through Aug. 23 with blanket-and-chairs festival seating.
Making it safer, easier for South King County to contribute to Re+ climate solutions: King County breaks ground on a state-of-the-art recycling station
King County broke ground on a state-of-the-art station in South King County that will offer enhanced waste disposal and recycling services, contributing to the Re+ initiative that will cut greenhouse gas emissions by reinventing the region’s waste system.
With warmer weather predicted this weekend, King County officials urge caution at dangerously cold lakes, rivers, Puget Sound
King County officials are urging caution this weekend at rivers, lakes, and Puget Sound where open water remains dangerously cold despite warmer air temperatures.
Executive Constantine tours successful Riverbend site, a major Cedar River restoration project that reduces flood risks, improves salmon habitat, provides more food for orcas
King County’s recently completed restoration project along the Cedar River east of Renton simultaneously reduced flood risks, improved salmon habitat, and increased the food supply for southern resident orcas.
King County to focus on two site alternatives for the Northeast Recycling and Transfer Station Project environmental review
King County’s Solid Waste Division invites the public to comment on the revised scope of its environmental impact statement for the Northeast Recycling and Transfer Station Project after removing the Houghton Park and Ride in Kirkland as a potential candidate site. The comment period runs from March 20 to April 10.
King County invests in 14 projects that will advance waste prevention, reuse, and recycling, all contributing to the Re+ initiative
King County’s Solid Waste Division is providing $2.3 million in funding to support 14 local projects through the Re+ Circular Economy Grant Program. Grants are awarded to projects within King County that focus on waste prevention and reuse, and recycling. This grant program is a part of Re+, King County’s approach to reduce landfill waste by 70% by 2030.
King County will save more than $80 million for critical water quality projects with low-interest loans
King County Wastewater Treatment Division will receive $165.3 million in low-interest loans awarded by the state Department of Ecology for two critical projects that protect water quality. The loans will save ratepayers $83.5 million in interest costs.
Dispose of household hazardous waste safely and easily across King County at the Wastemobile mobile collection service
It’s that time of year again when people living in King County can safely and conveniently dispose of fluorescent light bulbs, batteries, oil-based paint, and many other household hazardous products close to home at the King County Wastemobile. The mobile collection service travels to communities throughout the county from late February to October. The 2023 Wastemobile season kicks off today and continues this weekend at the University of Washington – Bothell campus.
Public survey will help King County develop strategies that reduce food waste, cut greenhouse gas emissions
King County Solid Waste Division invites the public to share feedback about proposed strategies to keep more food waste out of the garbage. An anonymous online survey about food and yard waste management is available starting today.
Beaches near Fauntleroy Ferry reopen after water testing confirms safe conditions following brief wastewater spill caused by lightning strike
Beaches near the Fauntleroy Ferry Terminal were reopened to the public Thursday after water quality testing over consecutive days showed safe results. The beaches were closed out of an abundance of caution following a brief wastewater overflow from King County’s Barton Pump Station.
Power interruption from nearby lightning strike causes West Seattle pump station wastewater overflow
A Seattle City Light power interruption caused Barton Pump Station in West Seattle to briefly overflow Monday. King County workers responded quickly and reset the pump station within minutes of the overflow. The station is now back online and operating normally. Cove Beach and Lincoln Park Beach are temporarily closed.
Recycle plastic bags, wrap, and Styrofoam at the Bow Lake and Shoreline transfer stations
After a brief pause in service, King County’s Solid Waste Division again offers free recycling of Styrofoam and plastic bags and wraps at its Bow Lake and Shoreline recycling and transfer stations. Materials must be empty, clean, and dry.
King County, partners create new basin steward position dedicated to the Duwamish River, strengthening restoration projects that benefit communities, salmon, orcas
Creating a new basin steward position to guide and oversee habitat protection and restoration work in the Duwamish River gives the waterway a strong advocate for advancing salmon recovery work benefitting people, salmon, and orcas as well as the health of the Green-Duwamish Watershed.
Help King County identify potential solutions for future flooding as the region prepares for climate impacts
With climate change increasing the potential for more frequent and severe flooding in the Pacific Northwest, King County seeks community input on solutions for coastal, tributary, and urban flooding problems. Input collected during online meetings this month will help identify strategies for the update to King County’s Flood Management Plan.
Executive Constantine launches Re+, reinventing the region’s waste system to cut carbon emissions, transition to a sustainable economy
King County is launching a new initiative, Re+, to return valuable materials to the economy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions created by the region’s waste system. Re+ aims to recover nearly 70% of materials that are currently being sent to the landfill that could avoid becoming waste in the first place by being reused, recycled, or composted.
Executive Constantine announces $52 million for 36 projects that will protect greenspace, restore habitat, conserve tree canopy, increase access to homegrown food
Thirty-six projects throughout King County will receive a combined $52 million in open space preservation funding after a plan proposed by Executive Constantine has been approved by the King County Council.
New trail bridge will cross the White River, connecting cities, schools, business districts, and civic centers with 22 miles of uninterrupted paved trail
A new 572-foot-long weathered steel bridge will cross the White River, connecting completed segments of the Foothills Trail at the King-Pierce county line. The project will connect residents, business districts, and civic centers to a 22-mile trail that offers scenic views of Mount Rainier.
King County partnering with community-based organizations to create a 40,000-square-foot food hub, better connecting local farmers to hunger relief organizations
King County is partnering with Food Lifeline to convert their 40,000-square-foot warehouse into the new South Seattle Community Food hub, providing much-needed shared space for storing, packing, and distributing fresh produce and goods to people and families experiencing hunger.