The ‘Duwamish Vision’

A vision without a plan is just a dream,

A plan without a vision is just drudgery,

But a vision with a plan can change the world.

Creating the ‘Duwamish Vision

The Duwamish River is more than just a cleanup site – it is part of your city, your home, and workplace.  

DRCC/TAG facilitated the creation of the Duwamish Valley Vision in anticipation of the Superfund cleanup options (called the Draft Feasibility Study), in order to evaluate the cleanup options in the context of the community’s future vision for the river.

The Duwamish Vision is an ongoing, comprehensive, community-based project, engaging people who live, work and visit the Duwamish Valley through workshops, mapping and interviews. The project has compiled over 500 diverse community ideas, concerns, and visions into a comprehensive ‘future map,’ which includes transportation, housing, recreation, economic development, and habitat restoration.

The Duwamish Valley Vision was first released in February 2009 and is available online. The Duwamish Valley Vision Report explains our process and results and provides detailed vision maps developed by the community, with the assistance of GIS designer Michele Savelle.

Click here to view the poster-sized Duwamish Vision Map composite and layers (29MB zip file).
The zipped file contains:
The Vision map composite, Green layer (Environmental Features), Red layer (Community Amenities), Blue layer (Economic Development), and Orange layer (Transportation).


The Duwamish River is a living river and the Duwamish Valley Vision is a living document full of ideas, big and small, that YOU want to make happen.

Key elements of the Duwamish Vision include:

  • Increasing living wage jobs through the cleanup via partnerships with local businesses, schools, governments, and training programs;
  • Advancing a new ‘green’ economy with living-wage jobs and economic development through the proposed Duwamish cleanup and restoration;
  • Removing toxic chemicals from the Duwamish River and ensuring a risk-free place to fish and play;
  • Reducing ongoing sources of pollution through green infrastructure, natural drainage and ‘green streets;’
  • Increasing equitable and affordable housing for a wide spectrum of incomes;
  • Creating and stewarding new fish and wildlife habitat restoration sites;
  • Enhancing healthy recreation and eco-tourism opportunities;
  • Planning for sustainable, thriving, vibrant riverfront neighborhoods.

If you would like a copy of the full report and maps on disc, or would like DRCC/TAG to make a presentation about the Vision to your school, business, or organization, please contact us at: email or call (206)954-0218.