LONGFELLOW CREEK: Be on the team that dreams up its future

(October photo by John McIntyre)

Longfellow Creek … home to salmon … and pollution. The creek runs almost the entire length of eastern West Seattle, from Westwood (where it’s undergrounded) to the Duwamish River. Seattle Public Utilities is planning a water-quality project that would focus on reducing polluted stormwater overflows in the creek during heavy rain. But the project isn’t just about some big public-works facility – it’s also about other potential neighborhood benefits, as detailed here. So right now, they’re recruiting community members for an “Innovation Team,” explained as:

We are building an Innovation Team of nine, paid, community co-creators that reflect the diversity in South Delridge. The Innovation Team will guide and work with the Project Team. Team members will attend up to 8, 2-hour meetings this winter and next spring. The Innovation Team will help us:

• Create innovative solutions to achieve community goals
• Build relationships and community partnerships
• Understand risks when deciding where to make investments

Some examples of people we are looking for:
• A high school student engaged in design, poetry, filmmaking, or engineering
• A person for whom English is a second language
• Someone who leads an informal group like a women’s group, soccer team, or book club
• Someone who builds things or helps organize activities in the neighborhood

More details here. The original deadline to apply was today, but it’s just been extended through Sunday. Here’s how to apply.

4 Replies to "LONGFELLOW CREEK: Be on the team that dreams up its future"

  • Kersti Muul November 13, 2019 (10:03 pm)

    Such an important and very polluted creek. We have the data, we need to act.
    I applied.

  • JVP November 14, 2019 (11:57 am)

    Their criteria are… interesting. Poetry?  Really?I hear we also need a new transportation director for SDOT. Must be good at composing music.

  • Lincolnparklove November 15, 2019 (7:07 pm)

    All I can say is Oprah fly Jimmy Carter in before he dies and see if he can motivate anyone. Jack Miller sell me an ice cream called the Duwamish to remind me. Eddie V keep doing what your doing and tell Merlino to plant some millet on his water front please or have Leanne do it because I need more good examples. Gary Crowe could you announce a credence clear water song and say SPEAKING of THAT clear water thing.  Really the chemicals need to be shut down that come in with those DOT placards. Placards that are there for a reason , required as a warning until then it’s pointless. The Lincoln park migratory water fowl count was 14 yesterday as a side note by my estimate. 

  • Lincolnparklove November 16, 2019 (8:50 am)

    We have great talents in this area. Someone with a great voice, a different way to present information. Someone that puts a different face out there to engage more members of the community.  We need those people that make us want to be better.  Music is a mighty weapon. Have you ever started humming that oldie popcorn it gets in your head and it can make you laugh or it can make you cry. All I’m asking is can a musician change your mind about pollution ? How about an ice cream vendor? How about a plumber (they really see what’s going on) ? They should get someone from every vocation. 

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