This article from Crosscut is a discussion of the rich history of the Duwamish River and the extent of the damage that has been done to it. In spite of diverse challenges like the risk of gentrification and the efficacy of the Superfund siteâ€™s cleanup efforts, progress continues toward a cleaner river and healthier community.
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Check out a recent episode of City Inside/Out from the Seattle Channel.Â The episode is focused on the $342 million cleanup plan released by EPA – including timeline, how clean the river will be at the end of it, and the impact on the neighborhoods of South and Georgetown. Hear the community’s and potentially responsible parties’ response to EPA’s Record of Decision – their final decision regarding the cleanup of the Duwamish River.Â The episode also includes a panel featuring James Rasmussen (DRCC/TAG), Allison Hiltner (EPA), Dave Gering (MIC of Seattle), and Dave Schuchardt (City of Seattle).
Waste from industry is being dredged up from the Lower Duwamish Waterway, dumped on barges, then onto rail cars, then moved to a disposal site in Klickitat County. By 2015, enough muck will have been hauled away to fill nearly 95 Olympic-size swimming pools
The decision facing us on Seattleâ€™s hometown river has the potential to be transformational. Now that cleanup is beginning, will we choose an approach that benefits just some, or all of the riverâ€™s communities?
Open Letter to EPA, Seattle Mayor McGinn, King County Executive Constantine, Port CEO Tay Yositani: Seattle Needs A River For AllÂ Â (click link for full text) EPA has released its draft plan for cleanup of the Duwamish River. State and federal laws require the cleanup to protect people’s health, or at least reduce pollution to levels… Read more.
If the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency isn’t going to ensure Seattle’s Duwamish River is clean enough for needy residents to fish there for their dinner, the agency needs to ensure those people get fish some other way â€“ even if that means supplying seafood through food banks. Or building clean urban fishing ponds. Or giving people shares in a seafood cooperative akin to a community-supported-agriculture operation.
That’s one thrust of a new report by health advocates commenting on the EPA’s proposed cleanup plan for the heavily polluted Duwamish….
SegÃºn la EPA (Agencia de ProtecciÃ³n Ambiental de Estados Unidos), el rÃo Duwamish ubicado en el sur de Seattle, se encuentra en la lista de los sitios mÃ¡s contaminados del paÃs.