• November 5, 2014

Carbon vs. contamination, to help the Duwamish River? ‘Pilot study’ starting this month

Received from King County:

A six-year pilot study that begins this month will test the effectiveness of activated carbon as a tool to clean up historic contamination in Lower Duwamish Waterway sediment.

The Boeing Company, King County, Port of Seattle, and the City of Seattle will manage the $4.4 million study at the direction of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Washington State Department of Ecology.

Study results plus tribal and community input will help the EPA decide if this technology could be used to reduce contamination levels in the Lower Duwamish Waterway.

Researchers will apply a layer of clean sand mixed with activated carbon to 3, one-acre sections of the waterway bottom contaminated by polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and other harmful pollutants during the past century.

The areas will be monitored to determine whether the carbon is effective at keeping contaminants away from the small organisms, called benthos, that live in the sediment and serve as the basis of the food chain in the estuary.

Carbon is commonly used as a purifier in a variety of commercial and industrial purposes. Household water and aquarium filters use activated carbon to remove impurities.

Studies to-date in other locations show activated carbon significantly reduces the exposure of organisms to pollutants such as PCBs. PCBs were used commonly in caulks, paints and electrical transformers before they were banned in 1979.

EPA’s proposed plan for cleanup of the Lower Duwamish Waterway calls for dredging to permanently remove contaminated sediment in areas of higher levels of contamination and areas prone to erosion. This activated carbon technology may be used for stable areas with lower contaminant levels.

The study sponsors, King County, City of Seattle, Port of Seattle and The Boeing Company, make up the Lower Duwamish Waterway Group (LDWG). The group has spent $40 million and more than a decade studying Duwamish Waterway contamination and cleanup options.

The LDWG has invested more than $150 million to clean up contamination hot spots, called “early actions,” which reduces PCB contamination in the waterway sediment by half. Later this year, the EPA is scheduled to release the final cleanup plan, called a Record of Decision, for the remaining contamination.

Additional information is available at http://yosemite.epa.gov/r10/cleanup.nsf/sites/lduwamish or by calling Hanady Kader with EPA Region 10 at 206-553-0454.

  • October 23, 2014

South Park shooting suspect arrested

From SPD Blotter:

Detectives and Anti-Crime Team arrested a 21-year-old man Thursday afternoon in connection with a September shooting in the South Park neighborhood.

Police have been searching for the suspect since September 28th when he opened fire on another man near 12th Avenue and S. Trenton Street, leaving the victim with life-threatening injuries.

Today, Southwest Precinct officers located the man near White Center and, with the assistance of King County Deputies, arrested the suspected gunman. Officers also seized the suspect’s vehicle for detectives, who are currently interviewing the suspect at SPD Headquarters.

Detectives plan to book the suspect into the King County Jail for a weapons violation as they continue to investigate the case.

  • October 17, 2014

Road closure next week for West Duwamish Trail work

From SDOT:

The Seattle Department of Transportation will close the intersection of Fifth Avenue South and South Portland Street in the South Park neighborhood to vehicular traffic starting Monday, Oct. 20 for approximately two to three days.

Traffic on Fifth Avenue South between South Holden and South Kenyon streets will be restricted to local access 24 hours per day. A detour route using Seventh Avenue South will be available.

SDOT is constructing an extension to the West Duwamish Trail on the south side of South Portland Street from West Marginal Way South to Eighth Avenue South. The project also includes installation of a new storm drainage system and new paving on South Portland Street.

Work on this project began in July and is expected to be completed by the end of the year, weather permitting.

  • October 13, 2014

Denny PTSA meets in South Park tonight

Have a student in Denny International Middle School? Tonight’s 7 pm meeting of the Denny PTSA will be here in South Park, at the SP Community Center. Spotlight topic: Common Core state standards and standards-based grading. SPCC is at 8319 8th Ave. S.

  • October 10, 2014

Firefighter Story Time in South Park next Wednesday

Happening citywide – with a stop in South Park! Here’s the announcement from SPL:

The Seattle Public Library invites preschoolers, parents and caregivers to special story times in October highlighting Fire Prevention Month. Firefighters from the Seattle Fire Department will conduct story times with books on fire safety and display firefighting equipment and trucks.

All of the story times are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required.

Seattle firefighters will read “No Dragons for Tea” to dozens of preschool children at Library locations across the city. Important safety messages will include “Firefighters are your friend,” “Crawl low under smoke” and “Get out and stay out.” (Here’s the local story time:)

* 11:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15 at the South Park Branch, 8604 Eighth Ave. S. at South Cloverdale Street, 206-615-1688

  • October 8, 2014

South Park Library closed today

Today is an in-service day for the staffs of the Seattle Public Library branches in South Park and West Seattle, so the library is closed – but it’ll reopen tomorrow (Thursday, October 9th).

  • October 8, 2014

Free movies now twice a month at South Park Neighborhood Center

After a successful movie night last month, the South Park Neighborhood Center is now offering movies twice a month, second and fourth Mondays, 6:30 pm. Next Monday, it’ll be “Meet the Parents,” featuring Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller. Free popcorn! SPNC is at 8201 10th Avenue South.

  • October 6, 2014

Duwamish Alive! on October 18th – sign up now


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10 am-2 pm on October 18th, it’s the next edition of Duwamish Alive! and it’s time for you to sign up to help out somewhere along the river. (There are even a few more locations to the southeast in Tukwila – see the full-size map here.) Go here to register for a site.

  • September 29, 2014

Duwamish River oil-spill-plan hearing in Auburn tonight

Happening tonight, in case you’re interested. Here’s the full invitation we received:

The Washington Department of Ecology invites you to join us at a public workshop for the development of a geographic response plan for the Duwamish/Green River.

WHEN: Tuesday, September 30, 7-8 p.m.

WHERE: Green River Community College, Glacier Room
12401 SE 320th St, Lindbloom Student Center
Auburn, WA

This workshop will be followed by a 30-day public comment period (ending Oct. 30) during which you may submit comments to GRPs@ecy.wa.gov or by postal mail to:

Washington Department of Ecology
Spills Program – GRPs
P.O. Box 47600
Olympia, WA 98504-7600

For more information, please contact Wendy Buffett – wendy.buffett@ecy.wa.gov – at 360/407-6523.

  • September 28, 2014

Police find shooting victim in South Park

From SPD Blotter:

Officers are searching for a suspect after they were approached by a man in South Seattle who had been shot multiple times early Sunday morning.

Officers were sent to 12 South and South Trenton St. for reports of an argument somewhere in the area, but when they arrived they were unable to locate anyone who needed assistance. Worried residents called back a few minutes later reporting that shots had been fired in the area, but again officers were unable to locate a scene. Officers remained in the area for nearly 45 minutes searching and speaking with residents when they were approached by the victim.

The victim had gunshot wounds to his chest and leg and collapsed as he made it to officers. Medics rushed to the scene and stabilized the man before he was transported to Harborview Medical Center with life threatening injuries.

Officers scoured the area, located a possible scene and are working to collect evidence. Officers continue to speak to neighbors and are working to find any suspects. Officers are asking anyone with information to please call 911 and speak with them immediately.

This remains an active investigation and details may change.