Program Archive

These are some previous events/programs that the DRCC has done

Award-Winning Green-Duwamish Watershed Map

Explore the Green-Duwamish Watershed’s Past, Present and Future

To request copies of the map, please click here to download our PDF order form.Please consider sending a tax-deductible contribution to the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition/TAG to support future updates and reprints of the map.DRCC/TAG
210 South Hudson St, Suite 332
Seattle, WA 98134. You may also contact us with any corrections or additions at 206-954-0218 or via e-mail

The original map was printed in 2008 with over 25 partners and sponsors. DRCC/TAG reprinted 30,000 copies of the map in April 2011, with both the original partners and some new organizations added.

Michele Savelle created the original map design, and worked on the reprint design changes.

The colorful map is designed to raise awareness and public involvement within the Green-Duwamish watershed, and includes information about parks and public access sites, habitat restoration, history, public art, and information about the pollution and cleanup of the river, with helpful tips on reducing household toxins.

Click here to order a Green-Duwamish Watershed map through DRCC/TAG

The¬†Green-Duwamish Watershed map¬†won the 2009 Association of King County Historical Associations (AKCHO)’s prestigious annual award for Exhibits. Thanks to everyone involved for making the project possible.

The map¬†also serves to illustrate¬†the “current conditions” of the watershed. The Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition¬†hosted a ‘future visioning’ workshop series, with workshops in Georgetown, West Seattle, South Park and other locations, resulting in a future Vision Map, released to the public in February 2009. The Vision Map has been used to guide the ongoing Superfund cleanup of the Duwamish, to make sure that the cleanup is aligned with the future goals and needs of the community.¬† ¬†To read an article about the results of DRCC/TAG‚Äôs Duwamish Valley Vision Project, click¬†here.

The map was produced with grant funding from 4Culture, as well as in-kind and financial contributions from project partners: American Whitewater, Cascade Land Conservancy, Cleanscapes, Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition, Duwamish Tribe, Environmental Protection Agency, Environmental Coalition of South Seattle, FeetFirst, Green-Duwamish and Central Puget Sound Forum of Governments (WRIA-9), Museum of History and Industry, City of Kent, King County Parks, The Mountaineers Foundation, Muckleshoot Tribe, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Nature Consortium, People for Puget Sound, Port of Seattle, Puget Soundkeeper Alliance, City of Renton, City of Seattle, Seattle Aquarium, Seattle Southside Visitors Center, City of Tukwila, and Washington Water Trails.

Thanks to Holly Taylor and PastForward NW Heritage Consulting for providing historical information, map editing and other map project considerations.

Additional support provided by: Abelard Foundation, Acorn Foundation, Ben & Jerry’s Foundation, Edwards Mother Earth Foundation, and Seattle Foundation.

T-107 Canoe and Kayak Launch

DRCC, People for Puget Sound, Port of Seattle, Duwamish Tribe, and West Seattle Rotary joined forces during Winter-Spring 2011 to create an improved hand-carry boat launch at T-107 public access site (photo to the left), across the street from the Duwamish Longhouse, at 4700 West Marginal Way SW.T-107 Canoe and Kayak Launch

The Duwamish River has seen a marked increase in kayak ‚Äėeco-tourism,‚Äô individual kayakers and canoes, and educational tours, including DRCC/TAG-led community kayaking with local recreation provider, Alki Kayak Tours. DRCC is also honored to work with the Blue Heron Canoe, a NW Salish cedar canoe (photo to the right), which helped open the launch site on April 16th during the Duwamish Alive event..

The T-107 Hand-Carry Boat Launch project includes removing debris and invasive weeds from the shoreline areas, mulching to suppress new weeds, and planting nearly 500 plants from over 19 species of cedar trees and plants native to this area. This prepared the site for a low-impact launch site for small boats.


“Industrial Strength” Natural Drainage Project

November and December of 2010 brought record precipitation, testing our swales ability to hold water.

The two photos below illustrate that the swales are working! The photo on the right is the series of swales planted in early 2010. The photo on the left is just to the left of the swales, showing the flooding around the railroad tracks. Natural drainage, bioswales, or other forms of green infrastructure can have a huge impact on the built environment, even in industrial areas! Read more about the project below.

Photos courtesy of Tom Knoblauch.

The “Industrial Strength” Natural Drainage swales were planted with over 200 native species on Saturday, April 17th from 10-2pm, as part of the larger Duwamish Alive event.¬†Click here for a press release¬†and more information.

Earth Day – Duwamish Alive! April 17, 2010, 10am-2pm¬†nearly 1,000 volunteers joined forces at multiple sites in the Duwamish River watershed. Volunteers from Georgetown, CleanScapes and elsewhere finished planting an¬†“industrial strength” natural drainage site, and marked the event with a ribbon-cutting by City Council President, Richard Conlin

On March 10th, 2010 DRCC/TAG and EOS Alliance co-hosted an¬†Urban Green Infrastructure workshop, with information about the “Industrial Strength” Natural Drainage project;¬†view the Powerpoint¬†from the workshop and a photo slideshow of the project’s progress. Stay tuned for more workshops about urban green infrastructure!

View the 3/2/10 SightlineDaily article about the¬†“Industrial Strength” Natural Drainage project.

PROJECT HISTORY

8th Avenue South and E. Marginal Way South¬†is currently a busy industrial hub, with manufacturing, recycling, warehousing, distribution, multi-modal freight transfer, and other activities occurring daily. The intersection of E. Marginal Way S and 8th Ave South is also a ‘gateway’ to both the Georgetown residential area, and a small street-end park called Gateway Park North, on the Duwamish River. The street still has original paving from the early 1900s, and was never upgraded with stormwater service through curbs and gutters. Rainwater stands in ever-growing puddles until they evaporate or move through the ground towards the Duwamish River.¬†Pollutants in stormwater are one of the main threats to our aquatic ecosystem.

Since 2005, leadership from the Georgetown Community Council, residents, small business owners, local employees, City and County staff, urban design professionals, and students have collaborated through the “Georgetown Riverview Restoration Project” (GRRP). The GRRP Working Group began meeting to improve an industrially-zoned area of Georgetown for pedestrians, trucks, and the environment. Once the working group began to meet, common needs emerged between the truck drivers, pedestrians, and other employees along the street:

  • Connecting the Georgetown community to the Duwamish River, and need for ongoing stewardship
  • Pedestrian/traffic safety ‚Äď for residents & businesses
  • Stormwater drainage and pollution control
  • Parking and truck mobility
  • Traffic flow improvements

Click here to download the 8th Avenue South & East Marginal Way Intersection Design report, which addresses the above concerns.

The Working Group and design team began to work to address immediate drainage issues along 8th Ave South in front of two industrial properties using funds from Puget Soundkeeper Alliance and SDOT Neighborhood Street Funds. The properties along 8th Avenue have unimproved, potholed frontages. One industrial business,¬†Markey Machinery, sought to pave their driveways as part of a larger site improvement project. Originally, Markey Machinery had trouble getting a permit for the project because there wasn’t drainage infrastructure to handle stormwater on 8th Ave South. Staff¬†from SDOT, SvR Design and SPU worked to develop a series of ‚Äėindustrial-strength‚Äô bioretention cells to capture and filter stormwater that will flow from Markey’s paved driveway areas.

Click on the image above to see a full-sized set of plans.

On December 5th, 2009, the GRRP and volunteers planted and mulched the newly constructed swales, with additional plantings needed in early 2010.

Click here for a comprehensive report about the project.

Read a December 22, 2009 Seattle Industry Bulletin article about Markey’s natural drainage¬†here.

If you are interested in getting involved, or would like more information about the specifics of the project, please contact us.

Click here to learn about a similar community-based Green Streets project in the International District.

We would like to thank our partners and volunteers, without their support this project could not have happened!

Patty Foley, Jesse Moore, Brian Dougherty, Sherell Ehlers, Lauren Knoblauch, Tom Knoblauch, Nate Cormier and the SvR Design staff, City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Matching Fund Award, Puget Soundkeeper Alliance, Shauna Walgren from Seattle Department of Transportation, Katrina Mendrey, Lee Dorigan, Emery Bayley from ECOSS, Bob Lecoque from Markey Machinery, Chris Martin, Katie Collier, and staff from CleanScapes and CDL Recycle, the Whitehead Family, EE Foods, United Rentals, Alaska Logistics, the Coliman Restaurant, Caffe D’Arte, Michigan St. Starbucks, Greenfresh Market, EOS Alliance, Bagel Deli, Compton Lumber and Hardware, Emerald City Printing, Field Roast, GreenFresh Market, Portage Environmental: Karl Unterschuetz, REI, Sawdust Supply, Trader Joe’s, Two Tartes Bakery, Seattle Conservation Corps, University of Washington, and many volunteers!

Environmental Justice Youth Corps

DRCC/TAG‚Äôs Urban Environmental Justice Youth Corps is a bilingual (English/Spanish) after-school and weekend service learning program for¬†high school students in South Seattle. The free program teaches young people about environmental health and justice issues, and blends community service and field trips with social and environmental issues in South Park and nearby neighborhoods. Students attended classes every Wednesday after school and Saturday afternoons to learn about the environment of the Duwamish River. As part of the curriculum, they went on the Salish Seas research sailboat in Puget Sound, visited the Westpoint Waste Treatment center, went on a kayak trip in the Duwamish, volunteered at Marra Farms and the South Park food bank, and developed their own ‘community action’ project, which consisted of painting out gang grafitti in South Park, and talking with neighborhood children about the dangers of gangs and the importance of improving the environment within communities.

The 2009 Environmental Justice Youth Corps is provided at no cost for participants, and was in session from March 11th through May 30th 2009. DRCC/TAG is raising funds for the next session, and is looking for in-kind contributions and funding to make the program a success! Please contact DRCC/TAG for additional details.

The Northwest Toxic Communities Coalition

The Northwest Toxic Communities Coalition (NWTCC) is comprised of community groups and tribal members who live near areas identified as hazardous waste sites in the Pacific Northwest and EPA’s region 10. The coalition works to locate, network with, and empower its member groups to share resources, information and support.

For information about activities of community groups affected by toxic sites, or information on how to join, please contact the NWTCC.
Northwest Toxic Communities Coalition

www.nwtoxiccommunities.org
(206) 941-9549.

Duwamish Community Environmental Health Fair

Held on June 5, 2010 at Concord Elementary School in South Park.

Since 2005, DRCC/TAG and its agency and NGO partners have produced the Duwamish River Festival at Duwamish Waterway Park. In 2010, as a consortium of groups, we decided to transform the event to reach more families living in the South Park and Georgetown area in advance of the upcoming Superfund public meetings. We hope you will join us for the first Duwamish Community Environmental Health Fair at Concord Elem

entary, to learn more about how the cleanup and restoration planning will impact human health and the environment.

 

THANK YOU TO OUR 2010 PROGRAM SPONSORS: the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Envioronmental Coalition of South Seattle; King County; Port of Seattle; Seattle Public Utilities; Public Health РSeattle and King County; Puget Sound Clean Air Agency; King County Local Hazardous Waste Management Program; WA State Department of Health; National Wildlife Federation; King County ECO-Net; WA Foundation for the Environment.