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Juntos Si Podemos Cuidar Nuestro Río Duwamish (Together, We Care for Our Duwamish River)

Empowering residents of the Duwamish Valley to take care of their health and care for their river

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Project Description

The last five miles of the Duwamish River, before it flows into Elliott Bay, is one of the most polluted river sections in the United States—so polluted that the fish that live in the river are unsuitable for human consumption. The river was designated a Superfund Site by the EPA in 2001 and cleaning up the contaminated mud will take approximately 15 years. Despite the cleanup, the river could become recontaminated unless the sources of pollution from the surrounding uplands are controlled. Residents of South Park and Georgetown live next to this stretch of river. Based on our lived experience as residents of the Duwamish Valley, we know that public education campaigns and vital information about the cleanup often do not reach non-native English speakers or young people. We also know that our community wants more education about pollution control, safe fish consumption, and fishing regulations. To address this need, we are working closely with local organizations and individuals, including youth, to build awareness and skills for keeping our river community healthy, informed, and connected to important policy decisions.


The project’s three main objectives are:

  • Promote community participation in the EPA-organized Duwamish Roundtable, a forum for those affected by the cleanup effort to voice their concerns and recommendations
  • Empower and educate Duwamish Valley youth on controlling pollution entering the river
  • Train the non-English-speaking fishing community on safe fish consumption and fishing regulations