DRCC/TAG’s Role in the Cleanup Process

Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition/Technical Advisory Group (DRCC/TAG) is involved in all aspects of the cleanup of the Duwamish River. Our mission is to ensure a Duwamish River cleanup that is accepted by and benefits the community and protects fish, wildlife and human health. We are working to ensure the cleanup meets community standards by restoring environmental health and protecting the fishers and families who use the river as well as reflecting the priorities, values and will of the people who live and work in the region. The organization was founded in 2001 by community, neighborhood, environmental, tribal, and small business organizations.

Our work involves:

  • Advocating for a complete and lasting cleanup
  • Making sure sufficient pollution source control measures are in place to ensure the river is not polluted again after cleanup
  • Ensuring that immigrant and low-income subsistence and Tribal fishers can use the river in the same manner people can use other waterways in the Puget Sound area
  • Holding community meetings to discuss the Superfund process and cleanup efforts
  • Commenting and giving feedback on cleanup plans
  • Producing community-focused multilingual fact sheets about the Superfund cleanup
  • Providing guided river tours, habitat-restoration events, a river festival, the Duwamish Valley Youth Corps program, and other neighborhood activities that benefit the community and encourage community and environmental health, wellbeing and resilience
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James Rasmussen (DRCC/TAG Coordinator) testifying on Bill HB 1434, which relates to inclusion of community involvement in the environmental decision making process

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Community members attend a public meeting