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Historical record of recent news, activities, reports, data, grants and organizations related to Central Puget Sound and the surrounding land in King County that drains directly to it. For current news related to the Central Puget Sound Watershed, please visit the Central Puget Sound Watershed page. 

Dec. 5, 2019
External article, Seattle Times
As costs soar, King County wants to redo water-pollution agreement with state and feds  

Dec. 4, 2019
External report, KUOW
Puget Sound was supposed to be healthy by now. It's not

Oct. 26, 2019
External report, KUOW
Rising Northwest waters bring tough choice: fight or flight 

Oct. 16, 2019
External article Harvard Business Review
Climate Change Is Going to Transform Where and How We Build

Sep. 5, 2019
External article, Puget Sound Institute
Are some streams in Puget Sound getting cleaner?

May 2, 2019
External report, KING5 News
Shoreline becomes 1st ‘salmon-safe’ city in Washington

Nov. 14, 2018
External report, KING5 News
King County budget calls for investments into healthier salmon habitats

Shoreline Master Program Periodic Review
Comments accepted Nov. 1 – Nov. 30, 2018

Oct. 31, 2017
External report, KNKX
2017 State Of The Sound 

Oct. 20, 2017
External article, Seattle Times
Report: Rising sea levels could flood 1 in 200 Seattle-area homes by end of century

Oct. 19, 2017
External article, Seattle Times
It’s academic: Climate change, sea level rise?

Jan. 23, 2017
External editorial, The News Tribune
Sound advice: Don’t drip and drive

Jul. 27, 2016
External article, Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber
Vashon Land Trust supporters turn out to celebrate conservation of Matsuda Farm 

Jun. 23, 2015
External article, Vashon Beachcomber
Transforming a landscape on Maury

Jun. 6, 2015
External article, Seattle Times
Cleaner streets for cleaner Puget Sound planned

Jun. 4, 2015
External article, Grist
Climate forecast for Seattle: warmer and wetter, with a chance of deluge 

May 20, 2015
External release, Washington Dept. of Ecology
Cleanup proposed at Seattle cargo terminal

May 18, 2015
Local industrial facilities earn recognition for environmental compliance

May 15, 2015
External article, Seattle Times
Inslee declares statewide drought emergency

March 2015
External article, B-town Blog
Family events at the Environmental Science Center at Seahurst Park

Feb. 24, 2015
External article, Seattle Times
Seattle’s new seawall also a highway for fish

Feb. 21, 2015
External column, Seattle Times
To save our Puget Sound orcas, we must save salmon

Feb. 2, 2015
External article, B-Town Blog
Volunteers needed for Walker Preserve Restoration Work Party on Feb. 7

Jan. 20, 2015
External article, Seattle Weekly
King Tide Shows What Climate Change Has In Store

Oct. 7, 2014 
External article, Encyclopedia of Puget Sound 
Citizens now the leading cause of toxics in Puget Sound

Oct. 6, 2014
External article, SeaTac News
Hundreds gather to celebrate reopening of Seahurst Beach in Burien

Sep. 2, 2014
Help keep tabs on native salmon this fall as a King County Salmon Watcher Program volunteer
Free training sessions offered in Seattle, Bellevue, Renton, Woodinville

Jul. 15, 2014
Motorists: Fix leaks so you ‘Don’t Drip and Drive’
Puget Sound Starts Here offers coupon for free visual leak inspections, repair discount

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

Mar. 25, 2014
Watershed group, Burien share Futurewise award for Seahurst Park salmon restoration

Flood reduction grants
Applications due by June 15, 2014

Nov. 7, 2013
Work begins to ID projects that cut pollution for SW King County’s Miller, Walker creeks

Nov. 5, 2013
External, NW Public Radio
Snowpack, Sea Level, And Wildlife Main Climate Change Risks In The Northwest 

Jun. 12, 2013
Northwest coal terminals: Executive Constantine's letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (pdf)

May 2, 2013
South Park, Highland Park & West Seattle areas now eligible for RainWise rebates

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 

Jan. 12, 2013
External article, Seattle Times
Seattle calculates how climate change will redraw its shores

Dec. 19, 2012
External report, KING5 News
Monday's high tide hits all-time record  

Nov. 27, 2012
External article, Crosscut
State unveils ideas on tackling ocean acidification

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

Oct. 18, 2012
King County hosts meeting on Magnolia sewer improvement project, Oct. 20

Oct. 3, 2012
Neighbors' input, technical review guides Barton CSO project design updates

Sept. 12, 2012
County Executive recognizes People for Puget Sound on news it will cease operations this fall

salmon_SEEson_2011_smSee salmon this season.

Sept. 26, 2012
Executive Constantine applauds unanimous vote to adopt long-term pollution control plan

Aug. 8, 2012
External opinion, Seattle Times
Washington steps up fight against polluted runoff

Jun.25, 2012
External report, KPLU
Study: Rising seas will hit Calif. hardest, but Washington still sees damage 

Jun.23, 2012
External column, Seattle Times
Acidic step: outsourcing our oysters

Jun. 20, 2012
Curbside meetings take Barton CSO project info to West Seattle neighbors, June 23 & 24

Jun. 4, 2012
Employees respond to overflow at Barton Pump Station

May 24, 2012
Community meeting on May 30 highlights West Seattle sewer improvement project

Puget Sound starts here 
King County continues its commitment to safeguard Puget Sound and protect human health by joining forces with the newly organized Puget Sound Starts Here campaign.

Puget Sound Partnership on Facebook (external link)
King County WTD, a Clean-Water Agency (external link)

Mar. 22, 2012
Green stormwater infrastructure sites identified for further study in West Seattle
Public meetings on March 28 and 31 offer updates on Barton CSO project

Feb. 10, 2012
External announcement, West Seattle Blog
Lowman Beach overflow-control project: Advisory group meets Monday, 2/13

Feb. 8, 2012
Coastal Flood Hazard Analysis for Vashon and Maury Islands & Sea Level Rise Mapping (external video)

Jan. 13, 2012
King County hosts upcoming meetings on South Magnolia CSO project, Jan. 21 & Feb 15
Project staff to share technical information, overview of construction

Jan. 13, 2012

Meeting offers updates on North Beach sewer improvement project, Jan. 25Project staff to discuss siting and design decisions, answer questions

Dec. 29, 2011
External article, Seattle Times
West Seattle's Camp Long is a forest in the city

Puget Sound Partnership
Draft Puget Sound Action Agenda
Comments accepted through Jan. 20, 2011

  • Action Agenda in South Central Puget Sound (pdf)

Nov. 25, 2011
External article, Seattle Times
Ecology chief: New pollution undoing cleanup

Nov. 9, 2011
Murray CSO project open house to focus on visible facility design concepts, Nov. 14

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

Oct. 20, 2011
King County hosts design workshop for West Seattle sewer improvement project, Oct. 29

Oct. 19, 2011
External article, Seattle Times
Beat the drum for homecoming salmon

Oct. 17, 2011
Public comment invited on recommendations to control combined sewer overflows

Oct. 17, 2011
Community meeting offers updates on South Magnolia CSO project, Oct. 20

Oct. 13, 2011
Learn about design, activity schedule at Murray CSO project meeting, Oct. 20

Sept. 30, 2011
External article, West Seattle Herald
Want to be one of 40 people that really helps Puget Sound?
Sustainable West Seattle will award a $1000 grant if that many adults attend their Oct. 10 event

Sept. 29, 2011
External column, Seattle Times
Brightwater sewage-treatment plant more than a passing fancy

Sept. 12, 2011
Green energy project to require temporary West Point beach and trail closure, Sept. 14

Sept. 1, 2011
External article, West Seattle Herald
Sustainable West Seattle launches community events aimed at curbing Puget Sound’s toxic monster

See salmon this season.

Aug. 17, 2011
Brightwater tunnel mining complete
Mining completed a month ahead of schedule; tunnel to begin operating mid-2012

Aug. 14, 2011
External opinion, Seattle Times
Sewer programs must remain part of focus to protect Puget Sound and communities

Aug. 3, 2011
All King County shorelines closed to shellfish harvesting
Paralytic Shellfish Poison (PSP) levels pose health risk

Aug. 1, 2011
King County Executive Dow Constantine statement on CSO control

July 31, 2011
External article, Seattle Times
Costly sewer program may have little benefit

July 12, 2011
External article, Seattle Times
Washington state funds doggy-doo music video to encourage cleaning up after pets

July 6, 2011
Wastewater ratepayers save big through 10-year productivity program
Program sunsets after generating $84 million in savings; new program under development

June 13, 2011
External column, Seattle Times
Saving Puget Sound a rain garden at a time

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

May 27, 2011
Combined sewer overflows now reported live, online Information helps public make decisions about using waterways

May 27, 2011
Clean-water utility earns national recognition for environmental excellence
‘Platinum Awards’ reflect outstanding record of permit compliance

West Seattle May Forum: Save Puget Sound From Toxic Runoff
May 16, 7-9 p.m.

April 28, 2011
Proposed combined sewer overflow projects pose no significant environmental impacts

April 5, 2011
One mile of Puget Sound shoreline preserved with deal between Camp Fire USA and King County
Collaboration protects shoreline and open space from future development and focuses growth in urban areas

Mar. 28, 2011
King County to host meeting on green stormwater infrastructure proposal, April 6
Community invited to meet project staff, hear West Seattle plan details

Mar. 14, 2011
Upgrade projects continue at West Point Treatment Plant
Construction limited to plant site, projects to increase plant efficiency

Mar. 9, 2011
King County plans treatment at Lake Hicks to curb potentially harmful algae blooms

Mar. 2, 2011
Learn about Lake to Sound Trail segment at March 16 King County open house in Burien

Feb. 23, 2011
Public input encouraged as King County updates stormwater management plan
Online survey, videos part of involvement process; Comments due by March 11

Feb. 1, 2011
External article, Sightline Daily
Putting a Price on Stormwater Pollution

Jan. 19, 2011
External article, Seattle Times
Runoff turns Elliott Bay into murky stew

Dec. 30, 2010
County gets the keys to Maury Island Property
Open space acquisition brings end to 13 years of efforts to expand mine

Dec. 22, 2010
County recommends project proposal to protect water quality in Magnolia King County to work closely with the Port, City through siting

Dec. 2, 2010
External article, West Seattle Blog
Beach gets a refill: ‘Renourishment’ for West Seattle’s Lincoln Park

Nov. 30, 2010
Executive signs updated shoreline protections for rivers, lakes and Puget Sound
First major update to the Shoreline Master Program since the late 1970s provides essential support for survival of salmon and orca

Nov. 24, 2010
South King County and Quartermaster Harbor closed to butter clam harvesting

Oct. 21, 2010
Murray neighborhood advisory group favors sewer facility in Seattle’s Lincoln Park
Public meeting on Nov.1 to discuss project options, decision process, next steps

It's Salmon SEEson - see spawning salmon
See Salmon this Season

Oct. 18, 2010
External article, The News Tribune
Elected officials take cleaner-water tour

Oct. 8, 2010
External article, Ballard News-Tribune
County picks project to control North Beach sewer overflows

Sept. 29, 2010
System improvements under way at West Point Treatment Plant
Construction limited to plant site; no impact on Discovery Park public access

Sept. 23, 2010
Final meetings to highlight shortlisted community advisory group proposals
Public invited to provide comments at Sept. 27 meeting

Sept. 23, 2010
King County, partners to report on Quartermaster Harbor nitrogen study
Research partnership looking into nitrogen loading and dissolved oxygen issues

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

Aug. 13, 2010
All Vashon-Maury Island shorelines closed to shellfish harvesting

Aug. 1, 2010
External article, Seattle Times
Acidification threatens wide swath of sea life

July 27, 2010
External article, Sightline Daily
The Real Worth: Puget Sound

July 20, 2010
West Seattle public meeting to focus on ‘green’ options for stormwater control, Aug. 5
Residents invited to review project proposals for Sunrise Heights, Westwood

July 14, 2010
Hear about King County proposals to control combined sewer overflows
July 29 meeting to focus on water quality improvements in north Seattle

July 13, 2010
External article, New York Times
CO2 Absorption and Nutrient Runoffs Increase Acidity of Puget Sound
Carbon dioxide emitted by human activities and nutrient runoff is transforming the chemistry of Puget Sound.

July 6, 2010
King County gets $3.6 million in grants to improve water quality, protect habitat

July 1, 2010
External news release, Puget Sound Partnership
Major action by U.S. Senate to help Puget Sound

June 22, 2010
External article, Seattle P-I
City posts warning at Golden Gardens creek

June 22, 2010
External opinion, Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber
Vashon’s role in a larger story of ecological rebirth

June 22, 2010
External article, Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber
Removing a bulkhead at Piner Point may help fish

June 17, 2010
External article, Seattle Times
Metropolitan King County Council approves sewer-rate increases

June 10, 2010
Clean-water utility earns national environmental awards

May 19, 2010
External column, Seattle Times
Puget Sound's slow oil spill

April 13, 2010
External article, Vashon Beachcomber
State lawmakers approve funds to buy out Glacier Northwest gravel mine

April 8, 2010
Infrastructure projects support regional environmental, economic goals
Clean-water investments a priority in 2010

March 16, 2010
Quick action by utility crews stops wastewater overflow in West Seattle
Emergency generator installed after power outage impacts system

Jan. 20, 2010
Tide surge wallops West Seattle pump stations
No damage to facilities, system again operating normally

Dec. 15, 2009
King County watersheds share $2.6 million in state grants for salmon habitat protection, restoration

Nov. 9, 2009
External article, American City & County
Governments, agencies work to save Puget Sound

Nov. 6, 2009
National water conference, Nov. 9-12 in Seattle, features Puget Sound restoration work

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

Sept. 23, 2009
External article, Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber
County faces tough go in efforts to clean up Quartermaster

Aug. 7, 2009
External opinion, Seattle Times
Tough choices in the recovery of Puget Sound

Jul. 8, 2009
External article, Seattle Times
Beach naturalists show off Puget Sound's wonders at low tide

Jul. 7, 2009
Popular clean-water facility tours offered again in July

Jun. 15, 2009
Clean-water utility earns national environmental awards

May 19, 2009
Brightwater outfall earns local ‘Project of the Year’ award

May 18, 2009
External article, Seattle Times
Scientist discovers beavers building prime salmon habitat in Skagit Delta

Feb.11, 2009
Clean-water infrastructure investments a top priority in 2009

Jan. 4, 2009
External article, Seattle P-I
Group uses lawsuits to help clean up Sound
Citizens take aggressive stand against pollution

Nov. 18, 2008
Brightwater tunnel boring machine sees the light, marking major project milestone

Oct. 22, 2008
External article, Seattle P-I
Long list of ideas to rescue the Sound
Leaders of newly re-launched campaign gather in Olympia

Oct. 11, 2008
External blog, Seattle P-I
Lehrer News Hour features Puget Sound's stormwater problem

Sept. 25, 2008
External article, Seattle P-I
Call for Sound protection focuses on land
Letter signed by 13 leading scientists

It's Salmon SEEson - see spawning salmon
See Salmon this Season

Aug. 28, 2008
External opinion, Seattle P-I
Setting priorities a must for Sound

Aug. 20, 2008
External opinion, Seattle P-I
Puget Sound: Treat the whole patient

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

Aug. 9, 2008
External article, Seattle P-I
Buildings given a role in saving Sound

Aug. 8, 2008
External article, Seattle Times
Pollution ruling could alter building practices in state

July 11, 2008
External opinion, Seattle P-I
Puget Sound: We're the polluters

May 15, 2008
External opinion, Seattle Times
Restoring Puget Sound will require collective agreement

May 14, 2008
External article, Seattle Times
Paying landowners to protect Puget Sound

May 13, 2008
External article, Seattle Times
Beaches suffer as walls go up

Feb. 17, 2008
External article, Seattle P-I
Stormwater runoff ranked No. 1 Puget Sound pollution problem

Feb. 7, 2008
Sewer improvement project gets under way near Alki Beach Park

Jan. 16, 2008
State grant through Puget Sound Initiative helps King County businesses eliminate pollution

Dec. 28, 2007
External article, Seattle Times
Urban streams in sad shape, report finds

Dec. 27, 2007
External article, Seattle P-I
Fixed city creeks are still foul
Salmon are back, but the water is far from pristine, report says

Dec. 12, 2007
External article, Seattle P-I
No Duwamish debacle in Elliott Bay
Work on removal of toxic materials going well

Dec. 12, 2007
External article, Seattle P-I
Worst contamination from Harbor Island Superfund site will go to landfill

Dec. 12, 2007
External article, Seattle P-I
Hylebos oil spill happened during fuel transfer

Nov. 30, 2007
External article, Seattle PI
Runoff called top pollutant in the Sound
Findings prove what many suspected, and may change priorities in cleanup

Environmental Indicators for Marine Habitat in King County, WA

Spot the spawners this fall!

Nov. 13, 2007
External article, Seattle P-I
Returning urban salmon provide a thrill and a lesson

Oct 10, 2007
King County throws a community party to mark end of Boeing Creek Park construction

Sept. 6, 2007
Washington Dept. of Ecology
Cleanup planned for contaminated area on Elliott Bay

July 26, 2007
Get ‘wild’ on the beach - ecology walk, Aug. 11

July 11, 2007
Wastewater treatment utility earns prestigious national awards for environmental protection

July 2, 2007
External Article, Seattle P-I
State committed to saving the Sound

May 31, 2007
Your idea to protect Puget Sound could win $55,000 from King County

May 30, 2007
Draft rules to protect King County shorelines available for review at public meetings, June 5, 6, 7

May 8, 2007
External Article, Seattle P-I
Gregoire signs measure intended to help restore 'sick' Puget Sound

May 8, 2007
External Article, Seattle Times
Ruckelshaus named to lead Puget Sound cleanup

May 8, 2007
External Article, Seattle Times
Puget Sound steelhead declared "threatened"

May 7, 2007
Executive Sims' statement on steelhead listing

May 2, 2007
King County's Wastemobile coming to Shoreline May 11-13

Jan. 24, 2007
Community open house on Jan. 31 to focus on Brightwater construction at Point Wells

Jan. 5, 2007
King County installs temporary surface sewer line near Luther Burbank Park

Dec. 13, 2006
External Link, Seattle Times
Puget Sound plan: $12 billion over 13 years

Dec. 12, 2006
King County watersheds get $1.5 million from state for salmon habitat conservation, restoration

Dec. 8, 2006
King County honors winners of 'Radical Salmon' design competition

Oct. 11, 2006
External Article, Seattle P-I
Low-impact methods have high impact on ecosystems
Rain barrels, green roofs play a key role in saving orcas

Oct. 11, 2006
External Article, Seattle P-I
Toxic stormwater is one of the Sound's biggest threats
Knowledge goes only so far in controlling polluted runoff

Oct 10, 2006
External Link, Seattle P-I
A rising tide of chemicals and sewage
Modern chemical is now found at the top of the food chain

Oct. 9, 2006
Investing in the "infrastructure of our future"
Sims proposes upgrades, repairs to roads, wastewater and solid waste systems

Aug. 11, 2006
All of King County closed to shellfish harvesting
Life-threatening marine biotoxins found in north and south county

May 5, 2006
King County completes Lincoln Park sewer line construction a month ahead of schedule

National Clean Beaches Week (external link)
June 29 - July 5, 2006

March. 15, 2006
External Link, Seattle P-I
A big push to clean up Sound
$80 million goal would start with new parks

March 9, 2006
King County to host open house March 16 on Lincoln Park sewer repair work

Jan. 31, 2006
King County sewer crew works quickly to stop manhole overflows in Shoreline

Jan. 17, 2006
King County repairing leaky sewer line in Lincoln Park

October 18, 2005
External Article, Seattle P-I
Sound Warning: Scientists say the region is already feeling climate change

October 18, 2005
External Article, Seattle Times
Climate change means big changes in Puget Sound

Oct. 6, 2005
Sims calls for Sound restoration

Oct.3, 2005
External Link, Seattle P-I
Energy bill triggers oil-spill fears in Puget Sound

Sept. 12, 2005
External Link, Seattle P-I
Public beach areas are few and far between

July 28, 2005
Get a Free Car Wash Kit and Keep Pollution Out of Streams and Puget Sound

July 24, 2004
External link: Seattle P-I Opinion
Our Puget Sound: Essential legacy

July 19, 2005
Sims applauds Governor's announcement and pledges King County's commitment to recover Puget Sound

July 7, 2005
New facilities to control overflows

July 7, 2005
Beach Naturalists help others 'sea' beach critters in a new way

June 16, 2005
Agencies Team Up to Save Des Moines Creek for People and Fish

March 9, 2005
'Global warming-like' conditions prompt Sims to lay out King County's immediate, future water planning efforts
Executive says King County won't hesitate to enact drought-response plan

Feb. 3, 2005
King County offers chance to teach about your beach

Jan. 19, 2004
External Link, Seattle P-I
State of Puget Sound troubling
Development continues to overtake cleanup efforts, report finds

» Critical Areas Ordinances

Oct. 25, 2004
Sewer workers quickly stop overflow caused by power outage

Measuring for Results
Natural Resources and Parks Second Annual Performance Measures Report.

March 25, 2004
King County working with cities, agencies to protect Des Moines Creek watershed

Oct. 14, 2003
White Center lake getting a boost from Cascade Middle School students, King County

Oct. 8, 2003
External link - Seattle Times
Tacoma bay's cleanup closer to conclusion

Sept 19, 2003
King County on look out for Vashon Island "Salmon Watchers"

May 7, 2003
Salmon recovery projects in King County awarded $2.6 million in grants