Talk to community organizers from the South Bronx and Seattleâ€™s Duwamish River Valley and youâ€™ll learn environmental justice isnâ€™t just about public health impacts and toxic exposure, but about equity â€“ quality of life, feeling good about where you live, good jobs and affordable housing. In this feature set in the Duwamish Valley, where cleanup and revitalization are underway, we talk with local organizers and Majora Carter, a nationally recognized urban revitalization expert, who became known for her work in the South Bronx.
From New York’s South Bronx to Seattle’s South Park, urban revitalization strategist Majora Carter talks about environmental justice, sustainability, and revitalizing our communities.
While the banks of theÂ DuwamishÂ are intermingled with industry and a few parks, it`s also rich in history. Producer Feliks Banel shares his exploration of theÂ DuwamishÂ River featuring DRCC’s Coordinator James Rasmussen.
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?
Sustainable West Seattle presenting ‘A Vision for the Duwamish River – Community, Restoration, and Conservation’
The Duwamish is Seattleâ€™s only river and the five-mile stretch running through Seattle is listed by the Environmental Protection Agency as a federal Superfund site. The Duwamish is one of the most contaminated rivers in the country from years of industrial pollution as well as wastewater and storm-water runoff. Efforts are underway by many groups and agencies to clean up the river and restore the river ecosystem.
Boeing built an empire on the banks of the Duwamish River and now itâ€™s trying to return some of the favor. Workers on Friday rolled out mats of native grasses and anchored them along banks that were once covered with fortifying boulders and invasive species like blackberries. Itâ€™s part of what Boeing calls the largest planned wildlife habitat restoration project on the waterway. The rehab project is taking place near the now removed Plant Two where Boeing built the B-17 that helped win World War II. Acres of shoreline that was reinforced with boulders to support and protect the company were cleared of manmade structures. Gary Chittim reports
The Duwamish River provides immigrants in South Seattle with food, money, and cultural identity. Itâ€™s also making them sick. Can the EPAâ€™s $305 million cleanup fix one without destroying the other?