Northwest NEWS

April 2, 2001

Features

Proposed wastewater treatment sites announced


   King County Executive Ron Sims and Snohomish County Executive Bob Drewel recently announced seven proposed candidate sites for the new regional wastewater treatment plant that will be built in north King or south Snohomish counties to serve one of the fastest growing areas in the region.
   Almost 100 land areas were analyzed in making site recommendations. Each site was screened according to whether it met already adopted criteria that included technical and environmental issues. The sites are spread geographically throughout the region. The sites are € Point Wells in unincorporated Snohomish County - between the city of Shoreline and the town of Woodway on Puget Sound; €the Unocal Oil property adjacent to the Port of Edmonds marina in the city of Edmonds; € a gun range in Snohomish County between Brier and Bothell located on the 400 block of 228th Street; € a gravel quarry and additional undeveloped land adjacent to the quarry in the same area located at the 400 block of 228th Street, on the Bothell border; € a location in Thrashers Corner in the city of Bothell at the corner of 208th Street SE and the Bothell-Everett Highway; € a site near the intersection of Highway 9 and Highway 522 north of Woodinville by the intersection of 228th and Highway 9; € and a site in the city of Woodinville near the intersection of NE North Woodinville Way and the Woodinville-Duvall Road.
   Sims said he would send these recommendations to the King County Council for review. The executive will propose from two to five final sites in October.
   A yearlong environmental review process will follow, analyzing the detailed impacts and proposed mitigation of a limited number of systems.
   There will be many opportunities to comment on the proposed candidate sites in a series of public meetings. The meetings will focus on the sites closest to them. Meetings will take place from 6 - 8:30 p.m. at Woodinville High School on April 24 and Canyon Park Junior High on April 26.
   Following thorough environmental review and an extensive public process, the county executive will make a final siting decision on the system. The facility will be called the Brightwater Treatment Center, reflecting, as do the county's other two treatment facilities, the commitment to protecting water quality and public health.
   For more information visit the Brightwater Proposed Candidate Site page, at http://dnr.metrokc.gov/wtd/brightwater/sites/index.htm.