With Covid’s significant impact on our coalition partners and communities, our 2021 plan is based on adaptability and resilience. We will continue to advance our mission of improving the health of the Duwamish Watershed through restoration work, education and promoting stewardship, especially long term community stewardship. With this new challenge of Covid adding to those of climate change and equity and justice issues, we are adjusting our efforts to smaller restoration projects, especially those that have been overlooked in communities of diversity but can add great value to improving the health of urbanized streams and creeks. We will continue our efforts in habitat restoration and education within the watershed by building in flexibility for our 2 primary Duwamish Alive! volunteer events next year is key, adjusting them to the appropriate health requirements now that we have experience and clarity of what is required.
We are especially focusing on Longfellow Creek’s many various project, facilitating coordination and sharing of expertise throughout its sub-basin but also now focusing on two areas that have been overlooked – private homeowner property of the creek and the Jefferson Golf Course which has a significant segment of the creek. The goal is to personally engage homeowners who have creek property in providing healthily habitat and water quality by education and resources for restoration efforts with the goal of creating a neighborhood of creek stewardship. This is a new, holistic approach, forming a team of DAC partners that specialize in vegetation, water quality, fish/wildlife and community starting with a pilot residence and then expanding with nearby neighbors. For the homeowners, it changes the creek from a liability into an asset that will be carefully stewarded. Delridge is an area of low income, communities of diversity with few programs available to help these homeowners in creating healthy habitat and water quality.