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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A brief intro to the ‘ROSS’ Approach

The Green/Duwamish Watershed isn’t a series of isolated parts — river, uplands and habitats — it’s one connected whole. Our approach to protecting theCavanaugh Pond entire Watershed should be just as connected.

The Our Green/Duwamish project was initiated in 2014 by King County and City of Seattle to coordinate the work already being done by local, state, and federal agencies to manage habitat restoration, salmon recovery, flood control, public health, economic development, and more.

The Regional Open Space Strategy (ROSS) Team currently at the University of Washington is also playing a lead role in developing the Our Green/Duwamish project.

The innovative ROSS approach involves convening decision-makers, planners, businesses, and individuals with the power to make smart, regional-based decisions to support open space in the Central Puget Sound. ROSS is part of a growing national movement to invest in a more comprehensive approach to regional planning that explores how our investments in natural systems support a broad set of community objectives beyond land conservation and habitat protection.

Here in our area, ROSS is focused on identifying priorities and solutions for five key challenges:

  • Climate change
  • Biodiversity
  • Social equity
  • Human health
  • Economic Development

Learn more about the Regional Open Space Strategy (ROSS) framework online.

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Shape the future! Come to an open house on the Green/Duwamish Watershed

King County, the City of Seattle and the Regional Open Space Strategy (ROSS) Team seek your expertise and views on a strategy to create a healthy, prosperous future in the Green/Duwamish Watershed.

Your participation is vital! It will lead us to greater understanding of current projects, priorities and plans in the watershed, and ensure we develop a framework to support better outcomes for local cities, forests, farms, rivers, diverse communities, and Washington State’s industrial core.

Meetings take place from 5 to 7 p.m.

Wednesday, July 8 — Middle and Upper Green River Watershed
Lake Wilderness Lodge
22500 SE 248th Street
Maple Valley, WA 98038

Tuesday July 14 –Lower Green Watershed
Green River Community College  Kent Campus
417 Ramsay Way, Suite 112
Kent, WA 98032

Short presentations at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. will ensure everyone gets an overview of this exciting opportunity.

Participants will be able to visit several information stations, and meet one-on-one with strategy representatives to ask questions and share feedback:

  • What priorities are not currently represented in our maps and fact sheets?
  • What are aspirations for the Green/Duwamish Watershed communities?
  • What are the threats to healthy air, water, land and people in the Watershed?
  • Where and what are the opportunities for the Green Duwamish Watershed Strategy to create a robust, connected open space system?

For more information, please call Paige Myers in King County’s Department of Natural Resources and Parks at 206-477-4551 or email

Can’t make the meetings? Stay tuned for additional opportunities to participate in an online open house! For more detail about the Green/Duwamish Watershed Strategy, please visit

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