FRIDAY: Duwamish River rally to show concern about plans to change the cleanup

(WSB photo: August vessel traffic on the Duwamish River)

The Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition wants to call attention to ongoing challenges to the river’s health as well as proposed changes in the ongoing cleanup, so it’s inviting you to a rally/walk by the river on Friday.

We are deeply concerned for the health of the Duwamish Valley communities as a result of proposed changes to how EPA and members of the Lower Duwamish Waterway Group intend to clean up our Duwamish River. WITHOUT community consultation, EPA and these responsible parties recently proposed three changes to our river cleanup that increase toxic exposures and health risks to our community and undermine our hard-won river cleanup, which violates EPA’s and Ecology’s environmental justice policies, ignores our local governments’ stated commitments to equity, and threatens to further exacerbate pronounced health disparities that have been documented in our communities. The Duwamish River must be recovered to standards that support our community and fishing for future generations. We demand health justice, especially for community members who have been historically marginalized, silenced, and disproportionately burdened with the legacy pollutants that have given rise to this cleanup.

There’s more info here about what the DRCC calls the “triple threat.” The rally/walk is set for Friday (September 24th), starting at 5 pm, at South Park Plaza (14th Avenue S./Dallas Ave. S.; here’s a map). All ages welcome.

5 Replies to "FRIDAY: Duwamish River rally to show concern about plans to change the cleanup"

  • For orca mammas September 22, 2021 (7:12 pm)

    👍 Wish I could attend, but with you in spirit!

  • Christina P. September 22, 2021 (9:19 pm)

    Thank you for posting this, & other updates from DRCC :-) I would never have known about the petition otherwise, glad I got to sign and I hope others will too

  • 22blades September 23, 2021 (5:32 am)

    Is this a legacy of the Drumpf era or more of a usual MO? Is there any chicanery on the Port’s part? It is called the Environmental PROTECTION Agency, right? Too many questions…

  • Sillygoose September 23, 2021 (8:55 am)

    Curious does anyone know what is on those barges and why isn’t it covered?

  • Paulina Lopez September 23, 2021 (10:16 am)

    Thank you so much everyone for your support!  We need everyone to join. 

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