Currently, DRCC/TAGâ€™s core work of community engagement is facing a serious financial challenge.Â This work includes staffing the community around cleanup issues, tours of the Duwamish River, regular communication with the community, environmental restoration volunteer events, and the Duwamish River Festival.Â With the current situation, we will need to reduce this work in the near… Read more.
People in Seattle might be wondering, with all the cuts coming from Trump’s EPA, what’s going to happen to our Duwamish?
â€śWe have not seen a slowdown at all here,â€ť James Rasmussen said while sitting on a log in a tiny park along the mostly industrial river. Heâ€™s head of the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition and a member of the Duwamish tribe.
â€śWe’re actually kind of ahead of schedule,â€ť he said, estimating that nearly half the pollution in the five-mile stretch of river covered by the Superfund site has been removed.
What does it mean when the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition / Technical Advisory Group (DRCC/TAG) says that our work is driven and guided by community? Â This Urban Waters Learning Network blog post delves into community prioritization, leveraging funds for projects, and more.
Recently, the Duwamish Valley Youth Corps hosted the 2nd annual Environmental Justice Youth Forum. It is a youth designed event focused on youth sharing with their community about the health of the Duwamish Valley and actions to take to improve the community and environmental health. Â These youth are using their voices to speak up for their community – check out this recent article about their efforts.
In October 2016, the green wall at CDL Recycle was installed in partnership with Just Health Action. Â This green wall was the result of community prioritizing the need to address air pollution and identifying this location as an important site to begin taking action. Â This article captures the story from identifying the issue to implementing the first step of many to address this significant community health concern. Â The project culminated in a planting day on October 22, 2016 with volunteers planting plants and spreading mulch!
Community, non-profits, industry, and government are partnering together to take action on community and health priorities through an innovative green solution located on the border between industry and residential areas in Georgetown, Seattle, WA. Just Health Action (JHA) and DRCC/TAG are partnering to install a 136-foot long and 12-foot high free standing vegetated trellis system… Read more.
Among the dangerous contaminants found in the Duwamish River are polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). These cancer-causing chemicals were produced only by Monsanto for decades, and now, the City of Seattle is entering into a lawsuit against the company. The city aims to use compensation funds from the suit to support the clean up of the Duwamish River. This article from The Planet features information about how the polluted river affects nearby communities, and includes perspectives from DRCC/TAG staff.
On Saturday, August 20, 2016, the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition/TAG will host the city’s 10th Anniversary of the Duwamish River Festival / Festival del RĂo Duwamish at Duwamish Waterway Park (7900 10th Avenue S.) in the South Park neighborhood in partnership with the planning committee, and a diverse group of government, business, and community sponsors… Read more.