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Georgetown Open Space Committee
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Community Voice for Making Bioswales and Restoring the Shoreline along the Duwamish River
Puget Sound Stewardship and Mitigation Fund, 2019
Project Description:

We will address water quality and polluted run-off into the Duwamish River at the end of 8th Ave. South in the Georgetown neighborhood of the Duwamish Valley in Seattle. This is an industrial corridor area lacking trees, greenery or other mechanisms for mitigating storm water run-off from the street right of way and includes a beloved, albeit degraded shoreline street end park. Through community-led contracts, Rose Foundation funding will allow the Government-NGO-Community partnership that has developed since 2017 to remain community led and community informed, thereby ensuring that the final design is responsive to the needs of those who live, work and play nearby. The property, owned by two city agencies and the Port of Seattle, holds polluted run-off that pools and slowly drains into the River. Because of the complexity of the site, nothing would change and the area would remain untended if not for community activism and leadership. However, attending the many planning meetings and doing work as unpaid volunteers is not sustainable. The community contracts will allow for the engagement with agencies, the outreach, design and planting of green stormwater infrastructure to provide educational and job opportunities that improve environmental wellbeing and promote public health education for people who live, work and play in the Duwamish Valley.