The Duwamish is Seattle’s only river and the five-mile stretch running through Seattle is listed by the Environmental Protection Agency as a federal Superfund site. The Duwamish is one of the most contaminated rivers in the country from years of industrial pollution as well as wastewater and storm-water run-off. Efforts are underway by many groups and agencies to clean up the river and restore the river ecosystem.
Speakers from several organizations will discuss the challenges and ongoing actions to clean up the river along with ways to get involved with these efforts. Laura James, noted underwater videographer, will moderate the evening and we’ll have several participants including James Rasmussen and BJ Cummings from the Duwamish River Clean Coalition, Kevin Burrell with the Environmental Coalition of South Seattle, and a member of King County’s Green-Duwamish River (WRIA 9) Salmon Habitat Recovery Team.
Learn about the community’s vision for the restoration of the Duwamish River. Food and beverages are available at C & P Coffee, 5612 California Ave SW, and SWS will provide some healthy snacks for the evening.
About Sustainable West Seattle:
Sustainable West Seattle educates and advocates for urban sustainability in our local community. SWS envisions a West Seattle community of empowered citizens who actively lead toward greater self-reliance, local democracy, social justice, and existence in harmony with life on earth. SWS meets the 3rd Monday each month at 7:00 pm. See the SWS website for meeting location.
Sustainable West Seattle projects:
- West Seattle Tool Library is a community-led project to provide pay-what-you-can community access to a wide range of tools, training, and relevant advice. By providing this service, the West Seattle Tool Library aims to inspire its community to participate in community projects, such as park restorations, and pursue sustainability through fun projects like backyard gardens, home energy improvements, and water harvesting.
- Tox-Ick is an outreach and education effort born out of the 501(c)(3) nonprofit Sustainable West Seattle. The objective of the program is to help educate a critical mass of Puget Sound residents about the problem of polluted runoff and the simple actions individuals can engage in to stop it. Online resources are available in the fight against the Tox-Ick Monster.
- Community Orchard of West Seattle (COWS) provides a home-scale model that demonstrates how much food can be grown on a city-sized lot. Our produce goes to our volunteers, neighbors and local food security programs while we provide a venue for public agricultural education and community gathering.
- West Seattle Spokespeople facilitates a transition from car to bike and is allied with Spokespeople U.S. Our goal is to make West Seattle a more bike-able community through education, group rides and assisting riders in developing their skills.