A River for All
The Duwamish is Seattle’s hometown river.
Named for the Native Americans who welcomed settlers to its banks, the river was later straightened and dredged to make way for shipping and industry. 98% of the river’s habitat was destroyed, and the century that followed left a legacy of toxic pollution that continues to poison its fish, wildlife, and exposed communities – including local residents; tribes; and fishing families – today.
In 2001, the Duwamish River was labeled a federal Superfund Site – one of the most toxic sites in the nation. Today, we have an opportunity to clean it up. But it won’t happen without your help. The EPA has proposed a “cleanup” plan that would leave 80% of the contaminated mud behind, posing ongoing risks to the environment and people’s health.
Take action today to help us gain the support of our city, our county, and the EPA for a true cleanup that protects our health.
Help Preston, Macklemore, residents, fishermen, tribal members, workers, and recreational users of Seattle’s Duwamish River to secure a #riverforall!
The Northwest is known for it’s natural beauty and many ways of enjoying the outdoors. I have lived here my whole life and remember the river as an industrial waste dump. The Duwamish River is an important and sacred area for the Duwamish people – I’m glad there is finally interest in cleaning it up. This cleanup is important to show that humans can correct the damage they have done to our natural environment.