What is Our Green/Duwamish?

What is Our Green/Duwamish?

The Our Green/Duwamish project aims to coordinate the work already being done by local, state, federal agencies, tribes and community groups to manage habitat restoration, salmon recovery, flood control, public health, economic development, and more.

The project was initiated by King County and the City of Seattle and will be developed by King County, the City of Seattle and our partners.
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Why do we need a watershed strategy?

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

Instead of tackling one issue at a time, typically in response to a regulatory mandate or natural disaster, we will use the wisdom of local communities, best available science and emerging technologies to link projects to outcomes for cleaner air, land, and water.

Project Goal

  • We want cleaner air, land and water, improved ecological and public health, equity and an enhanced economy for the Green/Duwamish Watershed.  We will do this by engaging the Green/Duwamish community in crafting a vision and strategies that will shape the future of the watershed for decades to come.

Project Objective

  • Develop a Green/Duwamish Watershed Strategy that geographically links existing programs and projects with the desired outcomes for cleaner air and water, improved public health and equity and enhanced economy.

Our Green/Duwamish will:

  • Facilitate connections among existing programs and projects in order to optimize our investments.
  • Identify what else is needed to improve AIR, LAND and WATER in this watershed.

Project Schedule

Phase I (Listening): September 2014-December 2015

  • Background research, stakeholder outreach & listening sessions, convene Watershed Advisory Group

Phase II (Strategy Development): 2016

  • Workshops, action planning

Phase III (Implementation): 2016

  • Draft action strategy, funding analysis, implementation steps

What happens now?

The Regional Open Space Strategy (ROSS) team housed at the University of Washington completed Phase I of the project in 2015.   They began by inventorying the current projects and plans addressing air water and land in this watershed.

These projects include cleanup of the 5-mile stretch of the Lower Duwamish that is registered as a Superfund site. The strategy recognizes the need to reduce pollution that occurs upstream, such as stormwater runoff that brings motor oil, pesticides, and other contaminates into the watershed and, ultimately, into the Lower Duwamish, Elliott Bay, and Puget Sound.

The ROSS team looked for air, land and water priorities that also advance our interests in equity and social justice, improve the community’s health and lift the local economy.  Products from this research can be found here:  Phase I products.

We are beginning work on Phase II which will result in our first compilation of refined alternatives, recommendations and potential implementation actions.

How can I get involved?

There will be many opportunities for people to get involved as the strategy takes shape.  Sign up for our mailing list found here: http://ourgreenduwamish.com.

Still have questions?

For more information about Our/Green Duwamish, contact Project Manager,
Heidi Kandathil in King County’s Department of Natural Resources and Parks at 206-263-1032.

Interested in learning more about ROSS?

Learn more about the Regional Open Space Strategy (ROSS) framework by visiting the ROSS webpage OpenSpacePugetSound.org.

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