Currently, DRCC/TAGâs core work of community engagement is facing a serious financial challenge.Â This work includes staffing the community around cleanup issues, tours of the Duwamish River, regular communication with the community, environmental restoration volunteer events, and the Duwamish River Festival.Â With the current situation, we will need to reduce this work in the near… Read more.
Among the dangerous contaminants found in the Duwamish River are polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). These cancer-causing chemicals were produced only by Monsanto for decades, and now, the City of Seattle is entering into a lawsuit against the company. The city aims to use compensation funds from the suit to support the clean up of the Duwamish River. This article from The Planet features information about how the polluted river affects nearby communities, and includes perspectives from DRCC/TAG staff.
On Saturday, August 20, 2016, the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition/TAG will host the city’s 10th Anniversary of the Duwamish River Festival / Festival del RĂo Duwamish at Duwamish Waterway Park (7900 10th Avenue S.) in the South Park neighborhood in partnership with the planning committee, and a diverse group of government, business, and community sponsors… Read more.
In the Duwamish Valley, there is a high-percentage of underserved, at-risk youth with limited access to any type of youth programming. DRCC/TAGâs Duwamish Valley Youth Corps program aims to address this gap by offering training and environmental education to these youth, as well as a chance to take action and meaningfully address the environmental injustices they face in their communities. Check out what they have been up to in this article from The Seattle Globalist!
Even though the Duwamish River may appear outwardly to be clean, many of its fish are contaminated and are dangerous to eat. Including statements from James Rasmussen and Alberto RodrĂguez, this article from the Seattle Globalist emphasises DRCC/TAGâs inclusion work and the importance of reaching out to immigrant, refugee, and disadvantaged fishers, who bear much of the burden of the polluted river.
In summer 2015, the Duwamish Revealed project, a program of ECOSS, prompted many local artists to create and display art highlighting the river and its heritage. Installations like âMeanders,â which indicated the path of the river before straightening, played a role in building new connections for people with this river.
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 siteâs cleanup efforts, progress continues toward a cleaner river and healthier community.
Environmental groups in the Puget Sound area often face obstacles – for example, the recent state budget cuts that are the result of falling gas prices. These cuts are negatively impacting funding for important environmental work, including toxic waste cleanup, reduction of diesel pollution, and protection of water quality. In this article from InvestigateWest, DRCC/TAG is identified as an organization affected by these cuts.