Macklemore visits West Seattle to honor the cleanup of the Duwamish River

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Sporting his trademark undercut hairdo and wearing a reflective wide smile, Seattle hip hop artist Ben Haggerty, 31, better known as Macklemore, appeared at the Duwamish Longhouse Museum in West Seattle Wednesday. He was there to celebrate the achievements of the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition’s (DRCC) “River For All” campaign, launched last June.

Macklemore gave a brief speech and said, “The pollution and injustice that has happened so long here, I understood it, but I didn’t really ‘get it’ until I came here this summer and met with you guys who’ve put in so much work to right this wrong and to honor the (river.) I think it is is our responsibility.

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Garbage Gown Wins One Woman A Day With Macklemore

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A West Seattle-based diver recently won a local photo contest, and as a prize she’ll get to go on a personal kayaking trip with Macklemore.

Pretty cool, right?

The “River For All” photo contest was launched by the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition. It’s an effort to garner support for a stronger cleanup effort for one of the most polluted bodies of water in the state

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Seattle diver Laura James sports trash fashion, wins kayak trip with Macklemore

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Seattle-based diver Laura James has won the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition’s “River For All” photo contest. The prize is a personal kayak trip on the river with international hip-hop icon Macklemore.

The campaign represents local residents, Tribal members, fishing families, waterfront workers, and recreational users who are encouraging Seattle and King County to strengthen cleanup plans for the river by committing to permanently remove more toxic pollution than proposed in a draft plan released by EPA last year.

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Congratulations! ‘Diver Laura’ wins Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition photo contest and kayak trip with Macklemore

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“Usually images of marine debris are somewhat hopeless. A mermaid caught in a fishing net, lying (presumed dead) on a sandy beach. Beaches covered in trash. Dead birds with belly full of plastic. These images, as powerful as they are, don’t always work for me. My message is one of strength and hope. Empowerment. Dream big. That was the concept behind this shot.”

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Trashy fashion wins Seattle diver a kayak trip with Macklemore

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Seattle diver Laura James’ trash-inspired fashion has netted her a kayak trip on the Duwamish River with thrifty hip-hop icon Macklemore. The contest was part of the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition’s “River For All” campaign to raise awareness of the environmental and health threats of toxic pollution in Seattle’s Duwamish River.

James’ winning photo, titled “Duwamish Thriftshop,” shows her in a gown made of trash collected from the river.

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DRCC & EPA working with South Seattle residents to clean up air quality inside homes

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The EPA is teaming up with the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition to help homeowners clean up the air indoors.

“This area of South Park and Georgetown have some of the worst air quality anywhere in the city. Also higher rates of asthma (than) anywhere in the city,” said James Rasmussen, coordinator for the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition.

He said back in July the nonprofit entered into a cooperative agreement with the federal agency, which contributed $120,000 for the cause.

The money will go toward in-home air quality assessments for residents primarily in South Park and Georgetown.

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