Seattle Weekly has detailed the trials and tribulations of the Duwamish River before. Last year, in fact, Seattle Weeklyâ€™s Dan Person wrote 5,000 words on the subject, detailing the history of neglect and contamination of Seattleâ€™s only river. Using immigrant fishing and crabbing as an entry point, in September Person noted that â€śThere are many reasons the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is poised to order a $305 million cleanup of the last five-mile stretch of the Duwamish River … But the main one, as stated by the EPA, is to make … fish and shellfish fit to consume.â€ť
As public outcries over the riverâ€™s cleanliness gain steam, the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition (DRCC) today has upped the PR ante with a series of billboards intended to school Seattleites on the important role the river has played for Seattle over the years and what can be done to save it.
And for star power, the DRCC has brought in Macklemore.