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Preparing for the Roundtable: Lower Duwamish Waterway Cleanup Training

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Are you interested in being part of the Roundtable that is being formed for the Lower Duwamish Waterway Superfund Cleanup? 

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is hosting a training to help ensure that all Roundtable members have a common understanding of the past, present, and future of the Lower Duwamish Waterway Cleanup, and an understanding of the role of the Roundtable moving forward. The training will take place on May 30 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Georgetown Campus of South Seattle College in Room C122 (6737 Corson Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98108). Please check in at 8:30am. This training is optional, but we encourage all prospective Roundtable members to attend. EPA will provide free parking passes to participants at the training sign-in table.

Please RSVP for the May 30 training here.

Póngase en contacto con Julie Congdon (206.553.2752; congdon.julie@epa.gov) antes del 4 de mayo si necesita servicios de interpretación.

Vui lòng liên lạc Julie Congdon (206.553.2752; congdon.julie@epa.gov) trước ngày 4 tháng 5 nếu bạn cần dịch vụ thông dịch.

Fadlan la soo xiriir Julie Congdon (206.553.2752; congdon.julie@epa.gov) kahor 4-tii May haddii aad u baahan tahay adeegyada tarjumaadda.

The US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Record of Decision documented the selected cleanup plan for the Lower Duwamish Waterway Superfund site in 2014. We are now entering the design and implementation stages. As you may know, EPA is convening a “Roundtable” for the design and implementation of the sediment cleanup. The purpose of the Roundtable is to mitigate the impacts of cleanup on the affected communities. The Roundtable will bring together governments (federal, tribal, state, and local) and other stakeholders (e.g. residents, businesses, industries, labor, neighborhood groups, waterway users, fishers, and others) to share information and make recommendations during the design and implementation of the cleanup plan. See the draft Lower Duwamish Waterway Roundtable Operating Procedures to learn more.

To prepare for joining the Roundtable, please participate in a training where you will learn:

  • What is Superfund
  • What is the Duwamish cleanup
  • Roles of partners and players in the cleanup
  • Cleanup so far
  • Cleanup plan and status
  • Public engagement efforts
  • Overview of the planned Roundtable and the roles of members

If you would like more information about the training, please contact Julie Congdon, EPA Community Involvement Coordinator (206.553.2752; congdon.julie@epa.gov)

To learn more about the Superfund cleanup in advance of the training, please visit the Lower Duwamish Waterway Superfund Cleanup webpage: https://www.epa.gov/superfund/lower-duwamish and the EPA Duwamish Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/epaduwamish/  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Public Participation Opportunities

What can I do?

1. The best way to avoid being exposed to contamination in the river is to not eat the resident fish that have the contaminants in their body. It is safe to eat salmon that come to the river because they visit the river for such a short time.

2. Help keep pollutants from getting into the river. Don’t put oil and other pollutants into storm drains. Report spills by visiting http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/spills/other/reportaspill.htm or calling 1-800-424-8802.

3. Help restore habitat, plant trees, and cleanup up trash along the river at parks and on the shoreline by participating in Duwamish Alive and other volunteer events. For more information, please visit: http://www.duwamishalive.org

You can also become a member of the Lower Duwamish Waterway Roundtable, which will develop recommendations to the EPA in regards to the cleanup process. If you are interesting in serving as a representative to the Roundtable, please contact Julie Congdon for more information at congdon.julie@epa.gov or 206-553-2752.

 

Stay Informed and Involved

 

The Community Involvement Plan provides an overview on the engagement tools and techniques that we will use throughout the Superfund cleanup of the Lower Duwamish Waterway. Community Involvement Plan for the Lower Duwamish Waterway Superfund Site (PDF)

Elly Hale, Remedial Project Manager U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10 206-553-1215 • hale.elly@epa.gov

Julie Congdon, Community Involvement Coordinator U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10 206-553-2752 • congdon.julie@epa.gov

To receive regular updates on EPA’s cleanup work, please contact Julie Congdon (congdon.julie@epa.gov) to subscribe to the Duwamish cleanup listserv.

Follow us on Facebook to stay informed about our cleanup activities and our programs related to the Duwamish area: facebook.com/epaduwamish

For information on Washington Department of Ecology’s work in the Lower Duwamish Waterway, please visit: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/tcp/sites_brochure/lower_duwamish/lower_duwamish_hp.html

To receive regular updates on Ecology’s cleanup work, you can subscribe to its email listserv for periodic updates on their source control and cleanup work in the Duwamish: http://listserv.wa.gov/cgi-bin/wa?SUBED1=DUWAMISH-RIVER-UPDATES&A=1

For information on the Community Advisory Group, please contact the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition Technical Advisory Group (DRCC/TAG) at duwamishcleanup.org or contact@duwamishcleanup.org or 206-954-0218.

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Community Advisory Group

For information on the Community Advisory Group, please contact the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition/Technical Advisory Group (DRCC/TAG) at
duwamishcleanup.orgcontact@duwamishcleanup.org ♦ 206-954-0218.

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Community Resources

The Community Involvement Plan provides an overview on the engagement tools and techniques that we will use throughout the Superfund cleanup of the Lower Duwamish Waterway. Community Involvement Plan for the Lower Duwamish Waterway Superfund Site: https://semspub.epa.gov/work/10/100033896.pdf

Funding for Your Project

The Urban Waters Small Grants are expanding the ability of communities to engage in activities that improve water quality in a way that also advances community priorities. Improving urban waters requires various levels of government and local stakeholders (e.g., community residents, local businesses, etc.) to work together in developing effective and long-term solutions with multiple benefits. EPA supports and empowers communities, especially in under-served areas, who are working on solutions to address multiple community needs and fostering successful collaborative partnerships. Since the inception of the Urban Waters Small Grants Program in 2012, the program has awarded approximately $6.6 million in grants to 114 organizations across the country and Puerto Rico. Local community-based organizations can apply for funding up to $60,000.

The Environmental Justice Small Grants Program supports and empowers communities working on solutions to local environmental and public health issues. The program is designed to help communities understand and address exposure to multiple environmental harms and risks. Environmental Justice Small Grants fund projects up to $30,000, depending on the availability of funds in a given year. All projects are associated with at least one qualified environmental statute. Since its inception in 1994, the Environmental Justice Small Grants Program has awarded more than $24 million in funding to over 1400 community-based organizations, and local and tribal organizations working with communities facing environmental justice issues. Community groups can apply for funding up to $30,000.

Annual Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training grants allow nonprofit and other organizations to recruit, train, and place predominantly low-income, minority, unemployed, and under-employed people living in areas affected by solid and hazardous waste. Residents learn the skills needed to secure full-time, sustainable employment in the environmental field, including assessment and cleanup. These green jobs reduce environmental contamination and build more sustainable futures for communities. Non-profit organizations and local governments can apply for funding from this grant program

Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving Grant Program (CPS) provides financial assistance to eligible organizations working on or planning to work on projects to address local environmental and/or public health issues in their communities, using EPA's "Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving Model." The CPS Program assists recipients in building collaborative partnerships to help them understand and address environmental and public health concerns in their communities. Local community-based organizations can apply for $120,000 in assistance.

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