Community services and resources
In the Duwamish River, the seafood that spend their entire lives in the river (perch, sole, flounder, crab, mussels and clams) are unsafe to eat. They have high levels of toxic chemicals (such as PCBs) that you cannot see.
Toxic chemicals can harm unborn babies, infants and young children the most – impacting their memory, attention, motor skills and language development.
The intent of this document is to raise awareness of the importance of health in climate mitigation and adaptation planning; to articulate health impacts in climate change communication; and to describe key actions for our agency to move this work forward, acknowledging we are challenged to find the resources to fund much of the necessary work.
A Health Impact Assessment (HIA) involves a combination of procedures, methods and tools used to evaluate a policy, program or project as to its potential effects on the health of a population, and how these effects will affect different members of a population. Download an HIA report on the SR 520 Bridge Replacement and HOV Project.
On July 2, 2015, new, improved noise guidelines for residents living in the unincorporated communities of King County went into effect. Read the full language of the King County Ordinance, Title 12 Public Peace Safety and Morals and find out who to contact for specific types of noises.
Public Health - Seattle & King County's school program reviews and approves new school sites and plans for public and private schools kindergarten through high school grade 12. Pre-opening inspections are completed to assure the school is built to the minimum standards required by Washington Administrative Code 246-366.
Public Health performs two inspections annually of all public and semi-public pools and spas in King County. Tests of pool water for free chlorine residual, pH, alkalinity and when necessary cyanuric acid are done at each inspection. A safety evaluation is performed on walking surfaces, access doors and fences, recirculation equipment, safety and emergency equipment.