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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

King County Strategic Plan Update 
Add your ideas to the mix

Sep. 5, 2013
External article, Seattle P-I
Up to 2 inches of rain, possible flooding expected

June 7, 2013
South Park roadside natural drainage project part of RainWise community celebration, June 15

May 6, 2013
External article, Seattle Times
Plan for Issaquah stormwater angers water district

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

Apr. 19, 2013
King County honors 12 environmental leaders with Green Globe Awards
Cari Simson, Leader in Green Stormwater Infrastructure

Mar. 29, 2013
Green Grants funding supports community rain garden project in South Park
Celebration and volunteer planting party takes place Saturday, March 30

Nov. 27, 2012
External article, Seattle Times
State calls for stronger action to combat ocean acidification

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

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

Aug. 24, 2012
External article, Christian Science Monitor
Cities turn to innovative 'green infrastructure'

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 audio

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

Jun. 1, 2012
King County accepting applications for Lower Duwamish Green Grants through July 6

Climate change and stormwater video

May 22, 2012
External opinion, Seattle Times
Seattle bargains for creative solutions to sewer and stormwater overflows

May 20, 2012
External article, Seattle Times
Seattle takes greener approach to sewer overflows

Rain Garden Workshop Saturday, May 12
Shadow Lake Nature Preserve

Stormwater: Life in the Gutter (external link)
Performances at Seattle Center, May 4-26

Mar. 30, 2012
See how King County protects environment; 2011 DNRP annual report now available

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

Mar. 5, 2012
Learn about agricultural drainage assistance at any of 3 King County workshops in March

Feb. 5, 2012
External opinion, Seattle Times
Promote clean water with green infrastructure

Feb. 1, 2012
Meeting provides green stormwater infrastructure project updates, Feb. 8

Jan. 20, 2012
Clear storm drains and watch for falling branches

Jan. 3, 2012
External article, Sightline Daily
The Porous Road Less Traveled
Rice crispy roadways deliver the goods

Jan. 2, 2012
External article, Seattle Times
Last sewer-outflow pollution worth $1B to stop?

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

Nov. 2, 2011
External opinion, Seattle Times
Follow the law to protect fish and water supplies

Sep. 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

Sep. 12, 2011
External report, KOMO News
As city plans new Broadview raingardens, neighbors ready for fight

Sep. 11, 2011
External opinion, Seattle Times
Time to move from strategizing to cleanup of Puget Sound

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

Aug. 18, 2011
Lower Duwamish ‘Green Grants’ promote community-based environmental stewardship
Grants intend to help reduce runoff, protect water quality by funding small-scale habitat restoration, rain gardens, outreach projects and more

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

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 7, 2011
External article, Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce
Brightwater, a place for hands-on environmental education
Brightwater Center educates through programs and exhibits, as well as building design.

June 16, 2011
External column, Sightline Daily
Making Sustainability Legal
Reforming regulations for a sustainable Northwest

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

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

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

May 26, 2011
External article, Seattle P-I
Stormwater cleanup bills die in Olympia

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

May 19, 2011
External opinion, Seattle P-I
No longer a sewer, Puget Sound still in danger

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

May 15, 2011
External article, Seattle Times
Weekend storm dumps record-breaking rain over Puget Sound

May 5, 2011
Report: Environmental protections successful at Urban Planned Developments in King County
12-year-long monitoring program of numerous environmental conditions shows stormwater management systems effective

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

April 21, 2011
Executive Constantine proposes next wave of King County actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and respond to climate change
Motion addresses near-term actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for local impacts such as sea level rise and flooding

April 19, 2011
External article Seattle P-I
Campaign wants 12,000 rain gardens in Puget Sound

April 14, 2011
Executive Constantine goes online April 18 to discuss climate change with experts, public

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. 28, 2011
Public invited to learn about upcoming side sewer repair work in Skyway
Meetings on March 30 or April 2 to offer project details

Mar. 15, 2011
External article, Sammamish Review
Planning Commisson suggests 2 standards for stormwater

Dog waste poster101 reasons to pick up pet waste (external)

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. 23, 2011
Clean-water investments bolster economic growth, support regional environmental goals
Sewer improvement projects top King County priority list in 2011

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

Jan. 24, 2011
External article, Covington/Maple Valley Reporter
Black Diamond and King County to receive grant money for stormwater

Jan. 20, 2011
External report, KPLU
Stormwater runoff: A flood of crud audio

Jan. 12, 2011
External article, Crosscut
State board limits developers' ability to avoid water regulations

Jan. 6, 2011
External column, Seattle Times
Basic survival: water supply and quality

Dec. 13, 2010
External article, Seattle Times
Stormwater plan paying off, city says

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. 11, 2010
External article, Seattle Times
Adopt a storm drain, Seattle residents urged

Oct. 10, 2010
External article, Seattle Times
First good rain of fall covered the region

Oct. 5, 2010
King County adds pumps to its flood fight for City of Pacific this flood season

Oct. 2, 2010
External report, Seattle P-I
Urban Creeks, Urban Run Off From You & Me And Puget Sound Water Quality

Sept. 29, 2010
External article, Seattle P-I
Boeing, state reach agreement to clean PCBs from stormwater

Sept. 11, 2010
External article Seattle Times
Local waters will benefit from Seattle's program to install rain gardens

Aug. 19, 2010
External article Seattle Times
Rain-garden project aims to help gardens make the most of runoff water

Aug. 11, 2010
External article, Sightline Daily
What's in the Cards for Stormwater

July 29, 2010
External article, Sightline Daily
Who'll Stop the Rain?

July 27, 2010
External article, Sightline Daily
The Real Worth: Puget Sound
A new analysis pegs the Sound's value in the billions.

July 22, 2010
Bond sale brings savings for ratepayers, improvements for environment and economy
Favorable credit ratings lower borrowing costs to fund crucial infrastructure

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 12, 2010
External article, Seattle Times
Stormwater plan to lift Seattle sewer rates
Seattle Public Utilities plans to keep sewage and stormwater from flowing into Lake Washington and Puget Sound

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

June 24, 2010
Learn about proposals to control combined sewer overflows, June 26
Technical information session to focus on north Seattle, North Beach Basin

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

May 10, 2010
External article, Sightline Daily
Green Roofs: Beneficial or Boondoggle?

May 3, 2010
External article, Tacoma News Tribune
Saving the Sound from stormwater

External Case Study, Stillwater Sciences
Washington Climate Change Impacts Assessment: Stormwater Infrastructure

April 15, 2010
External article, Daily Journal of Commerce
Stormwater cleanup funding fails in Olympia

April 12, 2010
External article, Seattle P-I
Washington state moves to ban copper in brake pads

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

Feb. 24, 2010
Public input encouraged as King County updates stormwater management plan
Online survey, videos part of involvement process; Comments due by March 12

Jan. 11, 2010
External article, Issaquah Press
Campaign urges residents to protect Puget Sound

Dec. 4, 2009
Special, no-cost pesticides collection for farmers and small businesses preparing for floods

King County wants your opinion!
Countywide Strategic Plan

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

Oct. 20, 2009
External article, Seattle Times
Tribes take salmon battle into state's road culverts

Aug. 26, 2009
External article, KOMO News
Seattle, King Co. to reduce wastewater overflows

Countywide Strategic Plan

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

Jul. 30, 2009
External opinion, Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce
Puget Sound’s invisible enemy: polluted stormwater

Jul. 10, 2009
External opinion, Seattle P-I
Car washers seeing more rules on soapy runoff

Apr. 16, 2009
External opinion, Seattle Times
Puget Sound cleanup only succeeds with public involvement

External program, PBS
Frontline: Poisoned Waters
On air and online April 21

Feb. 20, 2009
Public invited to participate in King County’s Stormwater Management Program planning
March 3 meeting in Issaquah, with meetings following in Covington, Redmond

Online public survey - stormwater program
The first 200 survey participants will receive a voucher for a free car wash.

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

Feb. 4, 2009
External article, Seattle P-I
Stormwater isn't just a big-city problem
State board rules small jurisdictions need to start curbing polluted runoff

Jan. 5, 2009
External article, Seattle Times
Ecology Department uses online campaign to help water quality

Nov. 18, 2008
External article, Kiro 7 News
Rainwater Turns To Noxious Soup, Flows To Sound

Nov. 4, 2008
King County ready for wet and wild weather
Flood warning center poised for duty if river flows surge

Oct. 23, 2008
External article, Seattle P-I
Environmentalists, cities clash over runoff rules

Oct. 16, 2008
External article, Seattle Times
Report: EPA failing to stop sprawl runoff

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

Sept. 28, 2008
External article, Seattle P-I
Filtration system would clean up polluted runoff
Project designed to protect Sound

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

Sept. 22, 2008
External article, Seattle Times
Keep a green roof thriving with the right soil and plants

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

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 23, 2008
External opinion, Seattle P-I
Go native to help save the Sound

July 21, 2008
External article, Seattle P-I
Saving rain: How much is too much?
Collecting large amount runs afoul of 'archaic' law

July 13, 2008
External article, Seattle Times
Logging and landslides: What went wrong?

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

CAO Ruling FAQ

July 10, 2008
Sims will appeal land use decision by Court of Appeals

July 8, 2008
External article, Seattle Times
KingCo case may determine state land use regulations

July 7, 2008
External article, Seattle P-I
Court nixes county's land use limits
Half of property would have had to stay natural

July 7, 2008
King County Executive Ron Sims statement on Appeals Court ruling on Critical Areas Regulations clearing limits

July 6, 2008
External article, Seattle P-I
State and local governments side with builders on runoff pollution
Environmentalists seek 'low impact' mandates Governments side with builders

May 11, 2008
External articles, Seattle Times
The painful cost of booming growth
- New ideas | Project meets challenge of runoff

April 25, 2008
External article, Seattle P-I
Scientists: Rescue plan for Sound falls short
New blueprint neglects stormwater, critics say

March 3, 2008
Low-impact development focus of March 5 ‘GreenTools’ workshop

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

Feb. 14, 2008
Public invited to participate in King County’s Stormwater Management Program planning
Feb. 27 public meeting provides chance to study, comment on new program

Dec. 4, 2007
King County responds to wastewater overflows caused by Monday’s rainstorm

Dec. 4, 2007
King County responds to wastewater overflow at Seattle’s Meadowbrook Park

Dec. 4, 2007
External article, Seattle P-I
Climate change could mean more massive downpours

Dec. 3, 2007
Seattle P-I Editorial Board
Puget Sound: Decleansing rain

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

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

Feb. 7, 2007
King County Proposes Global Warming Action Plan
Other cities, counties and private sector urged to join effort

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

Nov. 8, 2006
External Article, Seattle P-I
Scientists fear for the health of Puget Sound
Experts criticize plan by governor's panel as inadequate

Nov. 6, 2006
King County Executive issues emergency proclamation due to river system flooding

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. 27, 2005
King County praised as national leader in addressing climate change

Oct. 26, 2005
Sims outlines efforts to reduce emissions, prepare for global warming

» Critical Areas Package - CAO Resources

Jun 25 2004
Serving Island Residents: King County Previews Proposed 2005 Surface Water Management Funded Budgets

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