Friday, January 22, 2010

Duwamish River News - January 2010 - Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition newsletter

From Thea Levkovitz and Cari Simson at Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition:

Happy New Year from the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition!

Thank you for being involved in the Duwamish River cleanup and restoration - your continued participation is critical to guide our work with the environmental regulators and responsible parties as the cleanup progresses. You can participate by attending tours, coming to meetings and events, volunteering at a habitat restoration event, forwarding our newsletter to others, or making tax-deductible contributions to support our programs. Click here to donate to DRCC, in any amount.

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Thank you, Thea Levkovitz, Coalition CoordinatorCari Simson, Program ManagerDuwamish River Cleanup Coalition206-954-0218

Riverwide Superfund cleanup progress: "Feasibility Study (FS) Update"The Draft FS is the document prepared by the Potentially Responsible Parties (PRPs),[Boeing, King County, City of Seattle, and Port of Seattle], submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposing how and where the cleanup of the river bottom and banks will take place. The next draft of the riverwide cleanup plan has been delayed; the good news is that DRCC is working closely with EPA site managers to ensure that the next cleanup plan draft has addressed the communities’ previous concerns.We hope to see another draft FS later this year. Please see the DRCC Superfund web page for details about the cleanup documents. YOU have a voice to express how you want to see the river cleaned up through the DRCC – please share comments with us: or 206-954-0218.

T-117/Malarkey Asphalt "Early Action" cleanup site progress: The Port of Seattle has released Draft Final Revised Engineering Evaluation/Cost Analysis (EE/CA) for Terminal 117 Early Action Area (cleanup plan for T-117/Malarkey, located at 16th and Dallas Avenue in the South Park neighborhood.) The Port has also hired Anchor Environmental to design and construct habitat and public access at the site after the toxic materials have been removed. You can see the plan at this website. or check T-117 web site for more information.DRCC is reviewing the document and will provide comments to EPA and on our website.

Upcoming Events:

January 26, 2010
Every year, the environmental community identifies priorities to rally resources and support around during Washington State’s legislative session. The Environmental Priorities Coalition chose 3 critical environmental priorities. Help us reach 600 advocates in Olympia working to pass the priorities, click here to sign up.

January 30, 2010
DRCC's Thea Levkovitz co-presents a workshop session about environmental justice and the Duwamish River at an all-day joint interfaith conference, exploring thoughtful stewardship of the Earth. Follow this link to learn more.

February 3, 2010, 12-2pm
ARCADE Journal, DRCC and guests from Seattle's architecture and design community guide a two-hour tour of the Duwamish River Superfund Site, linking their latest issue, “Aquatic Dysfunction,” with restoring our critical water resources. Tickets are $20 to cover charter costs and a small donation to both Arcade Journal and DRCC. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Duwamish Alive! Restore our River!
April 17, 2010 from 10am-2pm at multiple sites
Restore critical salmon and other wildlife habitat within the Duwamish watershed at multi-site volunteer work parties. Tools, instructions, and snacks provided! No experience necessary, and work, school, communities, or social networking groups are encouraged to volunteer together.
DRCC and Puget Soundkeeper Alliance are co-hosting a kayak river cleanup to remove plastic and other debris from the water and tide lines.

Georgetown Community Council, CleanScapes, and DRCC are also co-hosting a restoration site along 8th Avenue in Georgetown to install additional native plants in an 'industrial strength' rain garden, and other street cleanup activities.

Or join work parties at any of the 12 sites within the Duwamish watershed! Sign up for a site Today:

Nomadic Duo blog: BJ Cummings, the DRCC Coordinator from 2001-2009, has embarked on a year-long journey around the world with her son. Click here to read her ongoing travel blog.

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