Attend the Green-Duwamish Watershed Symposium, Feb. 29

For people seeking greater synergy around improving the health of our environment and communities, this Leap Day will be extra special.

Our colleagues at Green Seattle Partnership posted terrific information about the region’s first Green-Duwamish Watershed Symposium, which will take place on Monday, Feb. 29, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Tukwila Community Center, 12424 42nd Ave. S., in TuRainierPlanekwila.

“The purpose of this innovative symposium is to foster collaboration across the Green–Duwamish Watershed, build partnerships, share knowledge and spark innovation concerning the Green-Duwamish Watershed’s health and inspiring those working on the watershed’s ecological challenges and social issues. 

Participants will increase their knowledge about the watershed, gain new perspectives, techniques and methods for their on-the-ground projects, broaden their networks of relationships and resources, and be inspired with a deeper commitment to improving the watershed’s health.”

King County Executive Dow Constantine will deliver opening remarks to begin an incredible day of information panels and TED-like talks designed to connect and inspire those interested in water quality, habitat restoration, wildlife preservation, environmental education, social justice, and community health.

Seating is still available, and Early Bird Registration that runs through Jan. 31 includes lunch and an exhibit social hour.

The event is sponsored by the Green River Coalition and Duwamish Alive!. More information is available online at http://www.greenduwamishwatershedsymposium.org.

 

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Swim Duwamish video highlights early action cleanup work

In this video interview, Mark Powell from the Washington Environmental Council joins Jeff Stern, King County’s project manager for the Lower Duwamish Superfund cleanup, to discuss the positive progress being made to heal past damage in this industrial stretch of the river.

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On to the next phase of the project

After soliciting input from stakeholders with strong ties to the watershed, the Our Green/Duwamish team has wrapped up the Phase 1 Listening Tour. IMG_0220Thank you to everyone who participated in this process!

As promised, the team prepared a series of documents that summarizes what we’ve heard to date:

Our Green Duwamish_Summary Memo_Phase I This is a brief summary of the key findings from the Green/Duwamish Watershed Strategy stakeholder engagement process.

List of Plans and Programs This is a list of existing plans and programs addressing biodiversity, climate change, human health, social equity and the economy in the Green/Duwamish Watershed.

Plans and Programs Inventory  Forty-one key plan and program documents describing actions to be taken toward target goals for healthy environmental and social conditions are inventoried in this document.

Challenges and Opportunities This document has both direct input from listening tour participants and internal analysis of existing plans and programs affecting the watershed.

Synthesis Cards The synthesis cards provide background information, key plans and programs, and key challenges and opportunities with respect to important watershed issues identified during the Listening Tour.

Information Maps illustrate existing conditions:

This information will serve to guide the next phase of the project, which entails identifying a small number of focus areas and holding workshops to prioritize actions and evaluate 4876615339_b28f3f8329_zalternatives.

People will continue to have many opportunities to share input and ideas during Phase II as we develop our first compilation of refined alternatives, recommendations and potential implementation actions for the watershed strategy.

5554299578_c081a21aa2_o 3315123334_904592ecb6_zThis first draft will serve as a roadmap for Phase III, the final step in the project that will include an action strategy, funding analysis and implementation steps and ultimately will serve as the final watershed strategy.

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Duwamish Alive! activities at Cecil B. Moses Park

The Nature Intrudes blog covers the incredible restoration work at Cecil B. Moses Park carried out by dedicated volunteers as part of the Duwamish Alive! celebration. 2015-10-17-13.02.14

King County Parks held a work party in Cecil Moses Park, located at the north end of the Green River Trail, which travels along the shore of the Duwamish River for 19 miles, to the North Green River Park in Kent. Cecil Moses is located at an important transition point in the river, where tidal influences mix the fresh water of the river and the salt water of Puget Sound. Young salmon pause here on their way to the ocean to acclimate themselves to salt water. Cecil Moses is also located close to North Winds Weir, an important historical location to members of the Duwamish tribe.

Read the complete article here.

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Story of the Green Duwamish Watershed: Mark Powell’s #SwimDuwamish

Mark Powell, alone and sometimes with guests, has been swimming the entire 85-mile length of the Green-Duwamish River a few miles at a time since last month. The swims are part of a campaign to tell the full story of the Green-Duwamish River – and helping draw the connection between the health of the river and the health of Puget Sound.

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Listening phase recap

The Our Green/Duwamish Team has been very busy during the project’s Listening PIMG_0220hase.

The Listening Phase represents the first steps in the three-phase process to develop a watershed strategy for the Green/Duwamish Watershed, connecting many ongoing efforts in a more comprehensive way. The Listening Phase has included focus groups, open houses, and an online survey. The primary goal has been collecting insights from those who know the watershed, gathering contextual information and data for the Green/Duwamish Watershed, and identifying potential actions to be taken to enhance its air, land, and water resources.

Focus Groups: The Our Green/Duwamish Team hosted a series of four focus group sessions in June and July. The sessions were an opportunity for the Team to hear from individuals and organizations with Green/Duwamish expertise. The four sessions were organized around the regional challenges identified in the ROSS approach as they relate to this watershed: biodiversity, social equity & human health, climate change, and the economy. The sessions were very P1000332informative and the ROSS team heard many recommendations that will be captured in the Preliminary Background Report for the Green/Duwamish Watershed. Thank you very much to those of you who participated!

Open Houses: The ROSS team assembled information gleaned from the focus groups and earlier research, and went to the broader community for additional input. Three sub-watershed-specific open houses were held in June and July to hear the thoughts of those familiar with conditions and concerns across the Green/Duwamish sub-watersheds.

The first open house was held at Camp Long in West Seattle on June 30, and focused on the Duwamish Estuary & Nearshore sub-watersheds. The open house for the Middle and Upper Green sub-watersheds was held on July 8 in Maple Valley at the Lake Wilderness Lodge, and the final open house was held on July 14 at Kent Station, addressing the Lower Green sub-watershed. The events generated great conversations: the ROSS team heard from community leaders, city council members, government agency leaders, and organizational representatives about what they value in the Green/Duwamish sub-watersheds, and about air, land, and water issues seen as pressing concerns.

Thank you to Green/Duwamish Watershed Advisory Group members for spreading the word about the open houses, and special thanks to those of you who attended and shared your perspectives and knowledge during some beautiful summer evenings.P1000325

On-Line Activities:  Since July, we have activated several new online tools to support the Green/Duwamish Watershed Strategy. In early July, the Our Green/Duwamish project website went live. The website aims to engage the broader community in the project and to provide news and updates as we work together to develop the watershed strategy. On July 15, an online survey opened, asking participants to comment on the threats and opportunities regarding air, land, and water resources within the Green/Duwamish Watershed. The survey is still active, and we would love to get your input. Many thanks to those who have participated already!

Summary Report: The comments, suggestions, and information gathered throughout the Listening Phase will be compiled into a Summary Report of the Key Findings. Stay tuned for this in the months to come.

And many thanks to all who continue to work toward a connected and thriving Green/Duwamish Watershed.

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Help shape the future

1507_4963_Duwamish_Green_WebBUTTONlargeWe would love to hear your thoughts on the Green-Duwamish Watershed, as one of the primary goals of this project is to engage the community in crafting this vision and strategy.

Please follow this link to take the brief survey and help shape the future of the Green-Duwamish Watershed for decades to come!

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Enthusiasm, fresh ideas energize first open house

There was a great turnout for the first P1000332Our Green/Duwamish open house on June 30 at the Camp Long Environmental Learning Center in West Seattle. Participants visited six information stations and shared their energy and ideas with representatives from King County and the UW Green Futures Lab.

People are also invited to two additional open houses set for July 8 and July 14

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Swim the Duwamish with Mark Powell

Swim the 85-mile length of the Green and Duwamish rivers —without getting wet!  Over the next few months, Washington Environmental Council’s Mark Powell will share his underwater adventures through a series of breathtaking videos.

Follow Mark’s Swim Duwamish blog to visit places and dive into issues that will shape the river’s future, and learn how you can make your voice heard to restore these waters and protect Puget Sound.

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Together we prosper! Watch this ‘Green the Green’ video and be inspired

The Green/Duwamish Watershed stretches from Elliott Bay to the foothills of Mount Rainier. Six hundred square miles, 16 cities and 700,000 people strong, this spectacular resource is the subject of “Green The Green”, a three-minute video that highlights the beauty and diversity of our watershed and the people who live in it. It’s also a great opportunity to see the faces of the community behind our restoration work.

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