August 27, 2015
NEW — 5:19 p.m. Aug. 27, 2015
The King County Flood Control District approved nearly $4.5 million in grant funding July 13 for a range of projects aimed at improving water quality, protecting and restoring habitat and supporting salmon recovery efforts in four King County watersheds.
The Flood District board of supervisors actions will boost the efforts of the Lake Washington/Cedar/Sammamish Watershed — known as Water Resource Inventory Area 8 — by providing $1.8 million Cooperative Watershed Management Grant funds.
August 27, 2015
NEW — 3:33 p.m. Aug. 27, 2015
Vasa Park beach on Lake Sammamish is again open for swimming and boating after being closed Monday in response to a sewage overflow from King County’s Sunset Pump Station. Laboratory tests conducted over several days confirmed water quality is safe for recreation.
On Aug. 27, Public Health – Seattle & King County approved the reopening of Vasa Park beach, which was temporarily closed following a brief sewage overflow from the Sunset Pump Station on Monday afternoon.
King County’s Sunset Pump Station is at 3730 W. Lake Sammamish Parkway.
May 27, 2015
One year ago, U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and King County Executive Dow Constantine knelt with schoolchildren to release kokanee salmon fry into a Sammamish creek and celebrate a $300,000 habitat-restoration project.
Down to about 50 spawning fish in 2008, the kokanee, a relative of the sockeye that spends its entire life in fresh water, made a stirring recovery in 2012 with more than 14,000 returning to Lake Sammamish tributaries, about 4,500 of those to Ebright Creek.
May 20, 2014
The state Department of Ecology has issued an updated stormwater permit to the Washington State Department of Transportation to continue to protect water quality.
The permit regulates stormwater runoff from highways and transportation facilities in urbanized areas. This helps manage stormwater runoff and protect water quality. If not treated properly, stormwater can degrade water quality, carry contaminants into downstream waters, and harm sensitive fish and wildlife habitats.