Duwamish Alive!

Thank you for joining us on October 17, 2015 for Duwamish Alive!

On October 17, Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition/TAG, EarthCorps Sound Stewards, and Puget Soundkeeper worked with over 50 volunteers, caring for important habitat and public access space along the Duwamish River.

20151017_103344IMG_2485It was a day with work being done on land on the river.  With T-107 Park as the backdrop, over 50 volunteers worked to pull invasives, plant natives, and pick up litter!  This effort supports the health of this restoration area and historical site originally built as a construction site for a marine terminal.  The park overlooks the original bends of the Duwamish River and serves as a place where salmon and other wildlife can rest, feed, and escape from predators.

Here is a look at some of the highlights from the day!

  • 18,870 square feet of restoration area was maintained, with almost all of the invasives that could be seen removed!¬† This included bindweed, blackberry, clematis, and more!
  • 40 natives – including 12 trees – were planted on the site!
  • 286 pounds of litter and debris were removed from our river
  • And fun was had by all!¬† Take a look at the day – including why our volunteers are donating their time to care for this river.

There were many groups that need to be thanked for ensuring this was a successful day: Alki Kayak Tours for providing kayaks and guides on the river; Port of Seattle for providing the port-a-potty and tools; Earthcorps for providing tools and leadership on the site; Fonté Coffee for providing a warm beverage to start the day; Duwamish Longhouse for welcoming the volunteers with soup and a concert; Recology for providing waste management at the site; and to all of the volunteers who came out for the day!

We so enjoy working with all of you to keep site beautiful and healthy!

As a volunteer at this site, you are part of Duwamish Alive!, a restoration and cleanup event working to make lasting improvements at 15 sites in the Duwamish Watershed.  On October 17, over 400 volunteers were working at these different sites up and down the river. This is the 10th year of this volunteer effort to make a positive impact within our community while learning about our local environment.  Duwamish Alive! is a collaborative effort of local communities, municipalities, non-profits, and businesses to preserve and enhance habitat for people and wildlife towards improving the health of the Puget Sound.   Restoration events are held twice a year.

Contact Hannah at hannah -at – duwamishcleanup.org with questions

A look at the Spring 2015 Duwamish Alive! 10th Anniversary Celebration


Over 50 volunteers joined DRCC/TAG and EarthCorps Sound Stewards as we celebrated the 10th Anniversary of Duwamish Alive! at T-107.   Duwamish Alive! events are a collaborative effort of local communities, non-profits, municipalities and businesses.  T-107 was one of 11 sites on April 18, 2015 where over a 1000 volunteers were rolling up their sleeves and helping keep sites throughout the watershed healthy and beautiful!

A few highlights from our day at T-107:

  • The day started with presenting 6 volunteers with the John Beal Environmental Stewardship Volunteer Award, honoring their dedication to restoring this watershed and inspiring others to care for it as well.¬† Award winners included: Brooke Alford, Mike Arizona, Scott Blackstock, Marianne Clark, Peg Peterson, and Susan Ward
  • While they enjoyed the sunshine, volunteers worked together to maintain close to 700 square feet of restoration area.¬† This included pulling invasives like bluebells, knotweed, blackberry, thistle, and shot weed as well as spreading 2 cubic yards of mulch!
  • James Rasmussen shared about the river’s history and the importance of each and everyone’s voice in the cleanup over lunch in the park
  • Briar Bates worked on her live willow sculpture of a container ship barge as part of Duwamish Revealed!
  • And we all celebrated the anniversary with giveaways and cake!

Check out photos from the day!

THANK YOU to each and every volunteer that made this day possible.  It was a great success!

Thank you to the Port of Seattle for their partnership at this site!  Thank you as well to Recology for providing waste bins and to the Shack Coffee for providing our volunteers with refreshments!

We will see you in the Fall!

About Terminal 107

DSC_0754Terminal 107 or T-107 sits on the shores of the Duwamish River and was originally the construction site for a marine terminal.  In 1977, artifacts were found during the development process Рand the Duwamish tribe and community fought to preserve the area.  Today it stands a public access site that overlooks the original bends of the river!   It serves as a place where returning Salmon and other wildlife can rest, feed, and escape from predators.  Connect with your community and help us keep this as a safe and beautiful place!

Adjoining this site is Herring’s House, a site managed by Seattle Parks and Recreation where an intertidal estuary is designed to serve as a habitat for juvenile Chinook salmon.¬† The park also includes trails, three viewpoints overlooking the river, and picnic areas.¬† A team of volunteers will be doing some work on this section as well.

Go here to volunteer for the day!

Duwamish Alive! is the collective effort of the¬†Duwamish Alive!¬†Coalition comprised of:¬†Alki Kayak Tours | Argosy Cruises | The Boeing Company | Cascade Land Conservancy | City of Seattle | City of Seattle Neighborhood Matching Fund | City of Tukwila | CleanScapes | Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition | EarthCorps | Elliott Bay Restoration Panel | Environmental Coalition of South Seattle | EOS Alliance¬†| U. S. Environmental Protection Agency | Field Roast Grain Meat Co. | Friends of Duwamish Riverbend Hill | Green/Duwamish and Central Puget Sound Watershed Forum of Local Governments | Green Seattle Partnership | Georgetown Community Council | IM-A-PAL Foundation | King County | King Conservation District | Longfellow Creek Watershed Council | Nature Consortium | National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration | People For Puget Sound | Puget Soundkeeper Alliance | Port of Seattle | REI | Restore America’s Estuaries | Seattle Department of Neighborhoods¬†|¬†Seattle Parks and Recreation | Veterans Conservation Corps | Washington State Department of Ecology.