County honors green practices at Carnation's Chinook Bend restoration

King County employees were honored Thursday, Oct. 27, by Executive Dow Constantine with "Excellence in Building Green" awards for their work that helps maintain the County's position as a national leader in cost-effective and sustainable building practices. Among them were a group of employees recognized for their work at the Chinook Bend Natural Area near Carnation.

"I am proud of the employees we recognized today. They are true stewards of our environment," Constantine said. "These employee green innovations demonstrate that we can save on operation and maintenance costs while practicing sustainable development."

Awards were given to more than three dozen employees in 10 categories: Infrastructure, building, planning, creative deconstructing and reuse/recycling, maintenance and operations, leader in green building, resource conservation, innovation in policy, habitat restoration and legacy in sustainable development.

The Chinook Bend work was recognized in the Habitat Restoration and Landscape category. Several sustainable solutions were implemented during restoration of Chinook Bend Natural Area, which was a collaborative effort between the Parks, Water and Land Resources, and Wastewater Treatment divisions of the Department of Natural Resources and Parks. External partners were the City of Carnation, Ducks Unlimited, 4Culture and the Snoqualmie Watershed Forum. The project involved planting more than 18,000 native plants to restore the floodplain forest and enhance the wetland. Critical habitat was also restored for federally protected chinook salmon. In addition, reclaimed wastewater from the Carnation Treatment Plant is piped to Chinook Bend to enhance and increase the wetland habitat. The site features artwork, plus recreational facilities.

More information about King County's green building work is available at



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