Check out the Preliminary Background Report and join us at the June 28 Stormwater Workshop

The Our Green/Duwamish Preliminary Background Report is completed and available for review!

This report is a working document that marks the first step to develop strategies to strengthen communities and improve 1203DuwamishAerial082air, land, and water outcomes in the Green/Duwamish Watershed.

The report summarizes current conditions, identifies gaps in activities in the watershed, considers approaches to address the gaps, and helps support decision-making for Our Green/Duwamish.

Please take a moment to review the report files:

And be sure to join us at our next watershed-wide Stormwater Strategy meeting set for Tuesday, June 28, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Green River College Kent Campus, located at 417 Ramsay Way #112, in Kent.

 

 

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Recap of May 19 Watershed Advisory Group Meeting

On May 19, 2016, we held the fourth WAG meeting to discuss the King County Land Conservation and Preservation Work Plan (Work Plan) which proposes implementing a land preservation and conservation program to identify, protect and conserve water and land resources.  We worked with the WAG to determine if this County project meets the Our Green/Duwamish interest of developing a watershed-wide open space action strategy. The WAG determined it fulfills the purpose of a watershed-wide open space strategy.

 

They recommended that the Work Plan could be improved with the following additional analysis and engagement:

  1. Update parcel level maps based on comments from WAG (Duwamish Blueprint, KCD urban forests, etc.) and open space “opportunities” from OGD Phase I.
  2. Consider equity: overlay “Access to Open Space” map to identify gaps in open space.
  3. King County Work Plan team will work with G/D cities to identify candidate conservation lands (suggested by WAG).
  4. Look at spatial nexus of stormwater management and open space lands.
  5. Work with WAG volunteer team (PSRC, TNC, WRIA 9) over summer to respond if additional candidate conservation lands are added in the Green/Duwamish Watershed.
  6. King County Work Plan team provide updates to the WAG when the Land Conservation Task Force begins to meet.

The King County Land Conservation Initiative team will consider how to include these recommendations in the project.

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Our Green/Duwamish Stormwater Workshop #1– Presentations Posted!

On May 4, Our Green/Duwamish kicked off the development of a watershed-wide stormwater strategy with the first of three workshops. Nearly 50 people took part in this exciting and productive session, representing many different sectors including government, business and industry, and community and environmental groups.

In addition to presentations on stormwater management, group discussions centered on what’s  being done now, and identified gaps and opportunities for improvement. People also shared their vision for stormwater management in the watershed, and note takers recorded this input.

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If you missed the first workshop, presentations from the meeting can be viewed at the links below:

Our Green Duwamish Overview
Green Duwamish Watershed Water Quality Conditions
Nonprofit Stormwater Management Activities
Boeing Company Stormwater Management Activities
City of Kent Stormwater Management Activities
King County Stormwater Management Activities
Stormwater Regulatory Framework – Dept of Ecology

Our next stormwater workshop sessions are tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, June 15 and Wednesday, June 27, so save these dates. We’ll share detailed information in the next few weeks.

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Green/Duwamish Watershed Symposium 2016 Videos Now Available!

The first Green/Duwamish Watershed Symposium was held on February 29, 2016.  This symposium was aimed at fostering collaboration, building partnerships and sharing knowledge about all of the great work that is occurring in the watershed.  Many of the presentations are shown in the videos below! More information about the presentations can be found here:  http://www.greenduwamishwatershedsymposium.org/panel-one-sharing-knowledge.html










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KPLU covers the ‘endangered’ Green-Duwamish River

From pristine mountain wilderness to the region’s biggest industrial hub, the Green-Duwamish watershed is a study in contrasts.

Recently, the nonprofit conservation organization American Rivers ranked the Green-Duwamish River as one of the most endangered waterways in the nation.

KPLU environmental reporter Bellamy Pailthorp covered the story, taking an aerial tour of the watershed to explore some of the conditions and challenges facing the river.

If you have a couple of minutes, it’s definitely worth checking out.

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Recap from the Jan. 21 Watershed Advisory Group Meeting

The third Watershed Advisory Group Meeting was held on Jan. 21, 2016, at King Street Center in downtown Seattle.

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The meeting was very productive!

We recapped Phase I activities and presented, in detail, the results of November 2015 WAG focus area survey.

We had a great discussion on each of the focus areas.

We also heard from experts to learn more about climate resilience and air quality conditions in the watershed, leading to insightful discussion.

View presentations from the meeting at the links below:

 

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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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