King County visits the Enumclaw iSTEM Expo

Protecting our water quality depends on understanding science and using math.

King County will show some of the ways math and science skills apply to jobs in the environment, on Feb. 8 at the Enumclaw Schools Foundation iSTEM Expo, 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the Enumclaw Expo Center.

“Math – The Universal Language” is the theme for 2018 and  employees from King County’s Water and Land Resources Division will be there with hands-on activities. Look for our Stormwater “CSI” booth, try the Enviroscape and see how water flows through watersheds, test water using the same tools we use in the field, and ask about how to find pollution! Science rocks!

Students learn how King County uses technology to map our stormwater system and protect it.

King County Summer Youth Program Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership Field Days

Reposted with permission from the Lake Sammamish Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership.

The Lake Sammamish Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership (LSUWRP) collaborated with King County’s Water Land and Resources Division to provide three field days in their annual 6-week Summer Youth Program. The Summer Youth program provides approximately 15 students the opportunity to learn about watershed management, water quality, local conservation and stewardship activities and careers in environmental fields.

The LSUWRP field days were hosted by environmental professionals from the partnership. Students participated in activities focused on native plant and wildlife identification, habitat restoration efforts, and conservation minded urban planning and sustainable building practices.

Each field day was held at a different location, the first day was spent at Lake Sammamish State Park where native plant restoration efforts and wildlife habitat improvements are underway. Students also had the opportunity to explore career opportunities in the environmental field; they participated in a series of individual interviews with professionals from the partnership. The interviews allowed students to practice networking and spend time getting more in depth with the participating partner’s career paths and background.

The second day was spent at the Issaquah State Fish Hatchery to better understand the role of hatcheries in salmon recovery and the last day was spent with local government urban planners and environmental outreach staff.  These folks demonstrated how green building practices and conservation strategies are being implemented on a local level.

Thanks to the many partners that made these field days a success: USFWS, King County, Mountains to Sound Greenway, Washington State Parks, City of Bellevue, City of Sammamish, Friends of Issaquah State Hatchery, Trout Unlimited, Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park and Washington Native Plant Society.

Lake Sammamish Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership Field Days from King County DNRP on Vimeo.


Seminario gratuito en español sobre el manejo de malas hierbas

nweedsEl Programa de Control de Malas Hierbas Nocivas del Condado de King, en colaboración con Seattle Public Utilities, está ofreciendo un seminario gratuito en español sobre el manejo de malas hierbas. Este taller es perfecto para profesionales del paisaje y el jardín, así como cualquier persona interesada en las prácticas del paisaje sostenibles y el control de malas hierbas. ¡Nos encantaría verlo allí!

Fecha: 4 de octubre de 2017
Hora: 5-8:30pm
Precio: ¡Gratis!
Cómo registrarse: Regístrese en línea
Lugar: TAF Bethaday Community Learning Space, 605 SW 108th St, Seattle WA 98146  (Cerca de las rutas de autobús 128 y 131)

TAF Bethaday Community Learning Space_map

Créditos de recertificación de licencia de plaguicidas de WSDA están en trámite. ¡Comida y bebida gratis!

Para más información, por favor comuníquese con Nate Dolton-Thornton (206-263-5766 o o Sasha Shaw (206-477-4824 o


(Abajo, la misma información en inglés)

The King County Noxious Weed Control Program, in partnership with Seattle Public Utilities, is offering a free Spanish-Language Weed Management Recertification Seminar. This training is perfect for landscape and garden professionals, as well as anyone interested in sustainable landscape practices and weed control. We’d love to see you there!

Date: October 4, 2017
Time: 5-8:30pm
Price: Free!
How to sign up: Register online
Location: TAF Bethaday Community Learning Space, 605 SW 108th St, Seattle WA 98146 (Close to bus routes 128 and 131)

TAF Bethaday Community Learning Space_map

WSDA Pesticide License Recertification credits are pending. Free refreshments!

For more information, please contact Nate Dolton-Thornton (206-263-5766 or or Sasha Shaw (206-477-4824 or

Thank you!

Engineering: See It, Solve It!

Students take a quiz about their knowledge of native plants and noxious weeds, part of the STEM conference on Feb. 9, 2017

“Engineering: See It, Solve It” was the theme of the Feb. 9, Enumclaw STEM Expo. And since Science, technology, engineering and math are the cornerstones of the work done in the Water and Land Resources Division, naturally we were there to spark the interest of the next generation of our workforce.

As seen in this photo, many of the more than 3,000 attendees took the “Noxious or Native Quiz” to see if they could identify plants in their environment.

The Stormwater Services team showed kids how they map King County’s stormwater system digitally and did some hands-on water sampling demos with equipment to show how they manage stormwater and improve water quality.

King County’s Noxious Weed Program and Stormwater Services teams were two of more than 70 exhibitors that included Boeing, Fred Hutchinson Science Education Partnership, Pacific Science Center, Association of Chemical Engineering Graduate Students and the King Conservation District.