Duwamish River basin
Seattle Public Utilities (SPU), as part of a consent decree, is developing a plan to improve water quality by limiting combined sewer overflows into the City’s waterways using natural infrastructure for stormwater management. Longfellow Creek, an urban waterway that flows through Roxhill and Delridge in West Seattle before draining into the Duwamish River and Elliot Bay, is one watershed where several stakeholders are investing in natural infrastructure projects. However, there is little coordination occurring amongst the stakeholders to ensure projects are being implemented in a coordinated way.
American Rivers will leverage our momentum on our Roxhill Bog restoration project to coordinate local partners and provide a platform to: discuss their work in the Longfellow Creek watershed, explore collaboration and find funding opportunities that will amplify and accelerate natural infrastructure projects. By increasing coordination of these partners and bringing new stakeholders to the table, we will foster the development of a coordinated plan to use natural infrastructure throughout the watershed, thereby improving water quality and establishing a network of partners to implement projects for years to come.
American Rivers is well positioned to organize and guide this coordination. Our project to restore the headwaters of Roxhill Bog has provided us the opportunity to build strong relationships with local partners and assist them with improving relationships with SPU. We will draw upon this work, as well as the experience of American Rivers’ staff who have worked on green stormwater infrastructure projects across the country, to inform our strategy in Longfellow Creek and ensure that our local partners have the resources, tools and coordination needed to meet their long-term water quality goals.