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Jun. 29, 2016
Soundgarden helps Executive launch the SoundGuardian, King County’s new environmental research vessel 

Jan. 26, 2015
External article, Sightline Daily
Northwest Oil Spills: The Raw Data and the Growing Risk

Nov. 18, 2014
External article, Seattle Times
Filtering rain runoff reduces its threat to salmon, study suggests 

Oct. 1, 2014
External article, Yakima Herald
Proposed water quality rule tied to fish consumption

Jul. 10, 2014
Executive Constantine supports comprehensive approach to improving water quality

Jun. 30, 2014
Quick response by King County employees after Puget Sound water quality data buoy mishap

May 16, 2014
External column, Seattle Times
Protect water and health by updating state’s fish-consumption rate

Dec. 12, 2013
External article, Seattle Times
Report links extreme weather and melting of Arctic sea

Jul. 31, 2013
King County keeping an eye on Puget Sound water quality with a new monitoring buoy

May 10, 2013
External article, New York Times
Carbon Dioxide Level Passes Long-Feared Milestone

Apr. 18, 2013
Mayor, County Executive, Port announce deal for water quality improvements and new park at Smith Cove
Deal responds to neighborhood’s desire for new park space

Nov. 9, 2012
External article, West Seattle Blog
What’s in our waterway? New site dives into Puget Sound pollution

Jun. 18, 2012
Plan to control stormwater sewer overflows underscores King County’s commitment to water quality
Executive also calls for a new science-based study

Apr. 27, 2012
King County reminds boaters to steer clear of data buoys on lakes Washington, Sammamish

Apr. 23, 2012
External article, Seattle Times
Wash.'s fish diet spurs look at water quality

Apr. 5, 2012
External article, Crosscut
Rallying to save the souring seas and the Northwest's cherished oyster harvest

Nov. 3, 2011
External article, Seattle Times
Chemicals in Puget Sound come from diverse sources

Sept. 21, 2011
Learn about Quartermaster Harbor water quality study at Oct. 12 public workshop

June 6, 2011
External article, Crosscut
Scientists zero in on culprits behind Puget Sound water problems

May 28, 2011
External article, Seattle Times
Pollution lower, risks remain for marine life

May 20, 2011
External opinion, Seattle Times
Revising oil-pollution levels in Puget Sound

May 17, 2011
External article, Seattle Times
State overestimated oil-pollution levels in Sound

Mar. 28, 2011
King County water quality monitors record effects of tsunami from Japanese earthquake

Dec. 21, 2010
King County picked to road test national sustainable community rating system
As of 1 of 9 pilot STAR Communities nationally, King County will help refine software tools for advancing sustainable community development

Oct., 2010
External article, Stormwater Magazine
Stormwater Quality Sentries
Managers use monitoring and sampling systems that provide trend data to detect pollution early and help prevent major problems

Oct. 7, 2010
Natural Resources and Parks director, and chief information officer confirmed by Council
Christie True, Bill Kehoe praised for experience, leadership, innovation

Sept. 23, 2010
Executive launches King County Open Data Project for easier access to public information
More than 90 of most frequently requested data sets now online for development of new web apps by the public

Sept. 14, 2010
King County wins $1.4 million in science grants to study health of Puget Sound, watershed

July 22, 2010
Vandals damage Lake Sammamish data buoy
Replacement cost could reach $60K; King County seeks party responsible

July 7, 2010
External article, Issaquah Press
EPA awards almost $1 million to monitor Issaquah Creek, other streams

May 19, 2010
External article, Seattle Times
Dioxin questions rise along the Duwamish

Sept. 30, 2009
External article, Seattle P-I
Study: House dust in washing machines might be chemically polluting Puget Sound

Sept. 25, 2009
External article, Seattle P-I
Study shows some reduction in Elliott Bay toxins

Sept. 11, 2009
External article, Seattle P-I
EPA puts limits on 3 pesticides to protect salmon

Apr. 30, 2009
External report, KING 5 News
New buoys track health of Seattle-area lakes

Feb. 9, 2009
New Climate Report shows King County is reducing greenhouse gas
Goal is to better prepare for local impacts of climate change

Oct. 20, 2008
Brightwater education event takes school outside for 160 local students

Aug. 11, 2008
External article, Seattle P-I
Inadequate policing puts state's water quality in jeopardy
Fees now fund less than half of staff necessary to monitor pollution