Brightwater News – January 2024

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A new year, a new start

January 30, 2024

Throughout the year, we send emails to talk about the Brightwater Treatment Plant, trails area, and surrounding clean water system. Looking ahead, we'll have more updates coming up about projects related to Brightwater. If you know others who are interested in learning more, share this newsletter with them and encourage them to sign up for these emails! Visit Brightwater’s Public Engagement web page to read past emails, newsletters, and blog stories.

Regular upgrades make our treatment plant function

A project at Brightwater Treatment Plant is underway to replace the plant’s state-of-the-art filtration system for the first time since 2011. The membranes filter out particles as small as viruses and bacteria from wastewater before the clean water is piped to Puget Sound. Stacked end to end, the 17 million membranes would stretch around the entire Earth! Read how operators are replacing the membranes in King County’s Clean Water Stories.

Two men in safety vests and personal protective equipment holding a large white membrane filter cassette.

Brightwater utility worker Andre Brown and a Veolia field service representative work together to install new membrane filters.

Expand your horizons and create a sustainable future in a paid summer internship – Apply by February 4th

King County Wastewater Treatment Division (WTD) is accepting applications for summer internship opportunities. WTD offers a wide range of fields that design, build, and operate our regional clean water system. The paid internship program is open to college or graduate students who are considering careers that build a sustainable future! Learn more about WTD internships and apply online by February 4th!

Landscape protection project on Alpha Hill planned to begin this spring

If you use the Brightwater trails area, you may have noticed signs with information about a project planned in the southern end of the trails area. This spring, visitors to the Brightwater trails area will start to see a transformation in Alpha Hill, a large landform that towers over the south trails area. This transformation is necessary to help control erosion and will include a landscape buffer, fencing, and rock wall. Adding vegetation will help soften the appearance of the hill while filtering runoff into Little Bear Creek, providing wildlife habitat, and improving drought tolerance. Stay tuned for more information as we get closer to starting this work!

Pop-up StoryWalk in the trails area now through March

Come visit the trails at Brightwater and enjoy an illustrated story called Drawn Together by Minh Lê. Follow the path as it meanders through the forest and read along with the story, combining two adventures into one! The story begins at the gravel trail in the north parking lot and will be available until March 31st.

Cover of "Drawn Together" featuring a vibrant cartoon character in a playful and colorful illustration.

Minh Lê’s Drawn Together is the latest pop-up StoryWalk in the trails area.