It’s been a big year for milestone swims. Today, another one: That’s Mark Powell, on the last leg of his summer-long “Swim Duwamish” tour, incrementally traveling 55 miles, along the full length of the Green and Duwamish Rivers, to call attention to how vital it is to our region, and yet how fragile, after decades of abuse. As he swam to Seacrest, he didn’t arrive alone:
And then, celebratory cupcakes:
Powell said he set out to find “the heart of the Duwamish” and was glad to see the waters thick with salmon in some places:
His swims were chronicled on this website, where you can also see videos such as this one showing some of the salmon he saw:
Powell emphasized that you can take small steps to make a difference in the future of the river and all who live in it and by it and who depend on it (here’s one good place to learn “7 simple solutions”).