LOWER DUWAMISH WATERWAY
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Announcements and Key Topics
There is always room at the table, the Duwamish Roundtable!
We have convened the Duwamish Roundtable for the design and implementation of the sediment cleanup, with the purpose of mitigating the impacts of cleanup on the affected communities. The Roundtable will engage with EPA at key points in the design, starting with the Upper Reach (the southern two miles) of the cleanup. If you are interested in being a member of the Roundtable or would like more information about it, please visit the new website developed for the Roundtable, where you can find meeting materials, background information, training resources, and contact information: https://www.duwamishwaterwayroundtable.org/
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. EPA has convened the Duwamish Roundtable for the design and implementation of the sediment cleanup, with the purpose of mitigating the impacts of cleanup on the affected communities. The Roundtable will engage with EPA at key points in the design, starting with the Upper Reach (the southern two miles) of the cleanup.. If you are interested in serving as a representative to the Roundtable, please contact Julie Congdon for more information at email@example.com or 206-553-2752. You can also visit this new website developed for the Roundtable, where you can find meeting materials, background information, training resources, and contact information: https://www.duwamishwaterwayroundtable.org/
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 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Julie Congdon, Community Involvement Coordinator U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10 206-553-2752 • email@example.com
To receive regular updates on EPA’s cleanup work, please contact Julie Congdon (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 email@example.com or 206-954-0218.
Community Advisory Group
A Community Advisory Group (or CAG) is made up of representatives of diverse community interests. Its purpose is to provide a public forum for community members to present and discuss their needs and concerns related to the Superfund decision-making process. A CAG can assist EPA in making better decisions on how to clean up a site. It offers EPA a unique opportunity to hear-and seriously consider-community preferences for site cleanup and remediation.
For information on the Community Advisory Group for the Duwamish cleanup, please contact the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition/Technical Advisory Group (DRCC/TAG)Exit at
duwamishcleanup.org ♦ firstname.lastname@example.org ♦ 206-954-0218.
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.