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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.