About

Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition/Technical Advisory Group (DRCC/TAG)

DRCC/TAG is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization involved in all aspects of the cleanup of the Duwamish River, working to ensure the cleanup meets community standards by restoring environmental health and protecting the fishers and families who use the river as well as reflecting the priorities, values and will of the people who live and work in the region.  The organization was founded in 2001 by community, neighborhood, environmental, tribal, and small business organizations that came together to serve as EPA’s Community Advisory Group. These organizations continue to guide and shape the work of DRCC/TAG as the Advisory Council.

DRCC/TAG Staff PhotoMission: To ensure a Duwamish River cleanup that is accepted by and benefits the community and protects fish, wildlife and human health.

How do we work? DRCC/TAG focuses on engaging and building community capacity, leadership, and power in the areas of environmental and community health.   We collaborate with  community groups, agencies, and organizations to implement effective, meaningful, and culturally-sensitive outreach and educational programming about the Superfund cleanup and other community priorities.  This includes guided river tours, educational forums, habitat-restoration events, river festivals, youth programs, and neighborhood activities designed to link people to the river.

Accomplishments: DRCC/TAG is the recipient of local, national, and international award recognition (link) for it’s accomplishments.  Here is look at some of our work:

  • #RiverForAll – In 2014, a successful social media campaign encouraged everyone to see the Duwamish River as our river. ¬†Because of this effort, more than 43,000 people from all 50 states in the nation asked the City of Seattle and King County for a more comprehensive, health-protective river cleanup and in a call to make of the Duwamish a #riverforall!
  • The Comment Period for the Proposed Cleanup Plan of the Duwamish River – DRCC/TAG successfully worked with EPA to expand the comment period for this important decision from 30 to 105 days. ¬†During that time, over 2,300 comments in 10 different languages overwhelmingly called in favor of a stronger cleanup that will protect the river‚Äôs diverse communities of residents, fishers, tribes, workers, and recreational users, as well as its fish and wildlife and our public investment in the cleanup.
  • Environmental Justice Analysis of a Proposed Cleanup Plan – As a direct result of the advocacy work spearheaded by DRCC/TAG, U.S EPA Region 10 did the first-ever environmental justice analysis of a Proposed Cleanup Plan for a Superfund site in the U.S.
  • Health Impact Assessment – Published by the University of Washington School of Public Health, Just Health Action, and DRCC/TAG in 2013, this report examines possible unintended health benefits and consequences of EPA‚Äôs proposed plan. ¬†Today, recommendations within the HIA are being implemented to maximize benefits, minimize health impacts, and reduce inequities.
  • Cumulative Health Impacts Analysis – Published by Just Health Action and DRCC/TAG, this analysis looks at a range of disproportionate health exposures and impacts affecting people in the Duwamish Valley. ¬†The findings in this report continue to inform priorities and policies in the region.