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This archive page provides an historical record of recent news, activities, reports, data, grants and organizations related to Vashon-Maury Island environment in King County, Washington. For current news, please visit the Vashon - Maury Island environment home page.

Oct. 2, 2018
Executive Constantine appoints John Taylor as the first director of the new Department of Local Services, the go-to agency for unincorporated King County

Sep. 18, 2018
Creating a go-to services agency for the 250,000 people who live in unincorporated King County

Aug. 16, 2018
King County’s Vashon Treatment Plant honored for perfect compliance with environmental permits

Feb. 27, 2018
External article, Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber
Islanders call for clean, renewable energy at recent PSE meeting 

Nov. 27, 2017
King County Executive seeks moratorium on Atlantic salmon net pens 

Oct. 31, 2017
External article, Vashon Beachcomber
Climate change hits home: Rising seas may claim hundreds of houses on Vashon

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

Nov. 2, 2016
Vashon yard and food waste recycling: Regular feature after successful pilot project

Oct. 28, 2016
External article, Seattle Times
Sad drama in Puget Sound: Another orca dies, hope dims for her calf 

Sep. 5, 2016
External article, West Seattle Blog
Saving salmon: What you need to know about the ‘nearshore,’ and what experts say is needed to fix it 

Jun. 28, 2016
External report, KPLU
Sea-Tac International Becomes First 'Salmon-Safe' Airport In the U.S. 

Apr. 22, 2016
External report, Northwest Public Radio
Puget Sound Shorelines Hit The Wall

Apr. 12, 2016
External article, Seattle Times
Stormwater detox: Pollution solutions are within reach 

Dec. 7, 2015
External editorial, The News Tribune
Climate change won’t be kind to Puget Sound 

Nov. 5, 2015
External opinion, Seattle Times
Puget Sound recovery hinges on blocking polluted runoff 

Jul. 9, 2015
External article, Washington Post
Why the Earth’s past has scientists so worried about sea level rise  

Jun. 24, 2015
External article, Seattle Times
Conservation groups seek increased shoreline protections in Puget Sound

Jun. 23, 2015
External article, The News Tribune
Acquisition, habitat projects help Puget Sound fish – and people, too 

Aug. 25, 2015
External article, Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber
Judd Creek restoration project continues 

Aug. 17, 2015
External article, Vashon Beachcomber
Department of Ecology honors Vashon wastewater plant

Jul. 10, 2015
Land preservation: Leaders celebrate Vashon-Maury Island’s most-valued open spaces 

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

Mar. 13, 2014
Executive awards 27 Community Service Area grants to projects in unincorporated areas

Jan. 27, 2014
Learn about, and comment on long-term stewardship of Dockton Forest, Feb. 5

Sep. 27, 2013
Ag Commission to Vashon Oct. 10

Sep. 11, 2013
External report, KUOW
Restoring Puget Sound Shorelines One Beach At A Time audio

Sep. 5, 2013
Island Center Forest thinning and harvest designed to improve landscape’s health

Jul. 25, 2013
Aug. 5 public meeting, tour for upcoming Dockton shoreline restoration work

Jul. 18, 2013
Fish kill in Vashon’s Quartermaster Harbor is linked to harmful algae bloom

Jul. 12, 2013
King County Parks: Have a great time, but please don’t mud-bog at Island Center Forest

Apr. 4, 2013
Wastemobile: Household hazardous waste collection comes to Vashon, April 19-21

Dec. 3, 2012
Council adopts update of County land use policies
Strengthening protection of open space, integrating County Strategic Plan

Nov. 27, 2012
Public comment sought on County work plans for unincorporated communities

Oct. 17, 2012
Free scrap metal recycling coming to Vashon Recycling and Transfer station

Sept. 26, 2012
Executive’s budget advances Community Service Area program for better engagement with residents of unincorporated King County
Budget builds on County Council’s endorsement of new rural and urban unincorporated area engagement process

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

Aug. 28, 2012
External report, KPLU
Why King County held a party for a property tax

Aug. 26, 2012
King County's first Community Solar project set to shine on Vashon Island

Aug. 17, 2012
King County proposes limited deer hunt at Island Center Forest for next 5 hunting seasons

Aug. 16, 2012
King County's first Community Solar project set to shine on Vashon Island

Aug. 2, 2012
King County Executive proposes partnership with Vashon Island Fire and Rescue on new rural service center

Vashon Storefront Studio 2012 (external)
UW Dept. of Architecture

Jul. 2, 2012
External article, Seattle Times
Vashon Islanders face $25-a-day fines over septic systems

May 24, 2012
King County, Friends of Island Center Forest seek volunteers for June 16 work party

May 3, 2012
King County, Friends of Island Center Forest seek volunteers for May 12 work party

Mar. 15, 2012
Get the latest on Maury Island park planning and clean-up processes at April 3 meeting

Mar. 14, 2012
Learn forest stewardship via online course, Vashon workshops, from King County and WSU

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

Jan. 27, 2011
King County meeting Feb. 7 for public input on federal grant to help clean Maury Island site

Nov. 4, 2011
Island Center Forest tree-thinning work to improve overall landscape’s health

Oct. 6, 2011
Following community feedback, King County OKs brief Island Center Forest deer hunt

Sept. 30, 2011
Two King County organizations honored with first-ever Executive’s Awards for Community Preparedness

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

Sept. 9, 2011
Public meeting Sept. 20 to discuss proposal for brief deer hunt at Island Center Forest

Sept. 1, 2011
King County proposes limited deer hunt season at Vashon’s Island Center Forest

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

July 7, 2011
King County responds to sewage overflow from clogged sewer line on Vashon Island

April 7, 2011
April 28 meeting in Vashon to discuss new flood maps, coastal shoreline study

April 5, 2011
Wastemobile: Household hazardous waste collection comes to Vashon, April 22-24

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 water quality monitors record effects of tsunami from Japanese earthquake

Feb. 22, 2011
King County invites public to meet, discuss future of Maury Island property
March 9 Vashon meeting to include public involvement timeline, clean-up info

Feb. 2, 2011
External article, Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber
School cafeterias hope to serve locally grown food

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. 14, 2010
Land use policies help limit damage from landslides and flooding during weekend flooding
Continued investment still needed to prevent sewer overflows; Executive praises personal preparedness and self-reliance of residents

Dec. 6, 2010
External article, Seattle Times
Council OKs $36M deal to buy gravel mine on Maury Island

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

Protecting our Liquid Assets
Vashon Island water resources mailer

Nov. 24, 2010
King County Executive visits Vashon/Maury Island communities, commends regional partners on winter weather response
Power should be restored this evening to all but a handful of islands’ 10,000 residents

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

Nov. 23, 2010
King County elevates emergency readiness in event aid is requested for residents of Vashon and Maury Islands
Puget Sound Energy working to restore power to 10,000 residents

Nov. 16, 2010
External opinion, Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber
The opportunity of a lifetime is now before us

Nov. 15, 2010
External opinion, Seattle Times
The Maury Island opportunity purchase

Nov. 10, 2010
Agreement reached for King County to acquire Maury Island gravel site for permanent protection

Oct. 15, 2010
Future of Island Center Forest deer hunt subject of Oct. 27 meeting on Vashon
King County gathering public input about future uses of popular forestland

Oct. 11, 2010
External article, The News Tribune
Rain, mudslide close Vashon Highway

Oct. 8, 2010
Island Center Forest deer hunt on hold so King County can hear from residents, hunters
Vashon meeting will be scheduled to gather opinion about uses on popular land

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

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

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 22, 2010
External article, Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber
County’s shoreline regs to be vetted on Vashon

May 26, 2010
External article, Vashon Beachcomber
As county rethinks Vashon’s recycling, Islanders hatch an innovative plan

May 25, 2010
External opinion, Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber
The county should embrace bio-cycling on Vashon

DNRP Performance Measures, King County, WashingtonEnvironmental Indicators for Groundwater in King County, WA

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

March 15, 2010
External article, Seattle Times
ConocoPhillips to pay extra $588,000 for 2004 spill

March 11, 2010
Fast response stops small Vashon Island overflow
Clean up completed, system now operating normally

Jan. 22, 2010
Carbon sequestration project needs help with tree planting, Jan. 30 at Island Center Forest

Jan. 5, 2010
External article, Vashon Beachcomber
Open-air picnic shelter planned for Maury Island Marine Park

Dec. 1, 2009
External article, Vashon Beachcomber
Island forest gets some attention

Oct. 28, 2009
King County in partnership to learn more about health of Vashon’s Quartermaster Harbor

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

Aug. 14, 2009
External article, Seattle Times
Judge rejects Maury Island gravel-mine permit

Aug. 7, 2009
Outstanding management earns King County’s Vashon Island Center Forest green certification

Jul. 27, 2009
Utility crew stops small overflow on Vashon Island

Jul. 7, 2009
External article, Seattle P-I
DNR calls for halt to Maury Island gravel mine

May 28, 2009
Learn more about proposed open space charter amendment at upcoming public meetings
June 3 at 7 p.m. - Vashon Public Library

Apr. 28, 2009
Community invited to Vashon Island treatment plant open house, May 9

Dec. 2, 2008
External article, Seattle P-I
Maury Island mine expansion OK'd

Aug. 25, 2008
Community invited to celebrate clean water at Vashon Island treatment plant open house

July 14, 2008
External, Environmental News Service
Washington State Drafts Rainwater Collection Rule
Ecology seeks comment collection and use of rainwater

Feb. 27, 2008
External opinion, Seattle Times
Maury Island stewardship now falls to the Legislature

Feb. 4, 2008
Brief closure at King County’s Dockton Park docks as state works to eradicate invasive marine species

Sept.13, 2007
External article, Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber
Logging at Center Forest is attempt at balance

Nov. 7, 2007
King County’s new Vashon treatment plant clears way for valuable shellfish harvests

Oct.10, 2007
Vashon holds island wide emergency drill
Community a model for disaster preparedness

Sept.13, 2007
Vashon’s Island Center Forest grows by 86 acres as King County puts land into protected status

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

June 21, 2007
Public gets two extra weeks to review, comment on King County’s proposed shoreline management rules

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 7, 2007
Executive Sims' statement on steelhead listing

May 2, 2007
Dedication ceremony to celebrate new Vashon Island wastewater treatment facility

Jan. 29, 2007
King County hosts Vashon public workshop for shoreline management review, Feb. 15

Jan. 20, 2007
Sewer workers quickly stop overflow at Vashon Island Treatment Plant

Jan. 16, 2007
Shoreline management review launched in King County

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

Aug. 7, 2006
King County stewardship grants help local groups protect, strengthen natural resources

June 14, 2006
King County offers noxious weed workshop to Vashon property owners, June 27

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

Vashon Island Center Forest Site Management Guidelines