Release of EPA’s Superfund cleanup plan for the Lower Duwamish represents a victory for the river, says PSP’s Martha Kongsgaard

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“The river that runs through the heart of Seattle, named after Chief Sealth’s tribe, the Duwamish, carries with it another name: Superfund. The majesty of Puget Sound and its tributaries often masks the shame that toxins have flowed into our waterways for over a century. The release today by EPA of the final cleanup plan for the Lower Duwamish represents a victory for the river, a document of hope and promise, that the river will one day be restored to a dynamic ecosystem that supports sustainable, healthy and equitable communities along its shores as it once did,” said Martha Kongsgaard, Chair of the Puget Sound Partnership’s Leadership Council. “In restoring the river, we acknowledge the need to maintain the ecosystem integrity of this important working waterfront while also making good on our promise to honor tribal treaty rights and the rights of its neighbors to a healthy environment. As we all know, it will also take our vigilance to protect its waters from further degradation from ongoing upstream and end of pipe contamination.”

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