On February 9, 2015, Seattle City Council unanimously passed Resolution 31567!¬† By passing this resolution, Seattle City Council is taking a significant step towards a comprehensive, health protective cleanup.¬† Thank you to those who voiced their support!¬† And thank you to Seattle City Council for taking action!
Check out a recent episode of City Inside/Out from the Seattle Channel.¬† 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.¬† 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).
On January 23, 2015, DRCC/TAG received a Sustainability Leadership Award in the category of “Transforming Spaces” during a celebration at MOHAI.¬† Other awardees in the category included Highland Park Improvement Club and Nature Consortium.
BJ Cummings, DRCC/TAG’s founder, was also honored during the evening as a Sustainable Hero.¬† You can learn more about these awards here.
On December 17, 2014, Governor Jay Inslee announced the Carbon Pollution Accountability Act of 2015 at the REI Flagship store in Downtown Seattle.¬†¬†¬† He invited local leaders to stand up front with him – as well as two of the Duwamish Valley Youth Corps!¬† The Act is focused on taxing pollution and polluters – as Inslee put it in his announcement “We are going to do more than fix potholes; we’re going to fix kids’ lungs.”
Gov. Inslee had previously discussed his meeting with the Duwamish Valley Youth Corps when they presented information about air quality and asthma rates in their community.
Our intrepid river advocate BJ Cummings has been nominated as the “People’s Choice” for the 2015 Sustainability Hero Award! Show your support and VOTE HERE (by Dec. 18th) More info available at sustainableseattle.org Thanks BJ for all your hard work to protect our city’s only river!
The Duwamish River is on the verge of receiving an ecological overhaul, following Tuesday‚Äôs release of a $342 million plan to bring the city‚Äôs dirty river back to health.
The lower five miles of the Duwamish River were declared a Superfund site 14 years ago. Since then the landowners – including King County, Boeing and the Port and City of Seattle – have been haggling with the Environmental Protection Agency and environmental and community groups over how best to clean the river up. More recently, hometown celebrity Macklemore has taken up the call.
The EPA‚Äôs final decision will cost the responsible parties $342 million and will cover 177 acres of the lower Duwamish River. 960,000 cubic yards of contaminated sediment will be dredged from the bottom of the river, and 24 acres will be capped with clean sediment to lock away contaminants below the surface of the riverbed.
The Environmental Protection Agency‚Äės final decision is in regarding the Lower Duwamish Waterway Superfund Site cleanup. So is early reaction. First, the EPA‚Äôs introduction/quick overview, from this webpage:
The Record of Decision ‚Äď or ‚ÄúROD‚ÄĚ ‚Äď is the EPA‚Äôs cleanup plan to reduce risks to people‚Äôs health and the environment from toxic chemicals in the river.
The plan includes details of the cleanup of about 177 acres in the waterway. Cleanup will involve dredging, capping, and natural sedimentation. The cleanup will cost an estimated $342 million.
These cleanup actions complement the work of state, county and city agencies to improve the health of the Green/Duwamish watershed. All of these actions together will remove over 90 percent of contamination in the waterway.