Duwamish River cleanup proposal: Family/community workshop Thursday

Only five weeks remain for you to have your say on the proposed Duwamish River cleanup. A multi-language event tomorrow is one way to find out what’s being proposed and how it would affect you. Incentives, too, as explained by this announcement from the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition:

Concord International School, South Park’s neighborhood school, will co-host a workshop about the Duwamish River cleanup for families and community members this Thursday.

The workshop will be held in four languages – English, Spanish, Vietnamese, and Somali – reflecting the diversity of the school’s students. Co-host Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition/Technical Advisory Group (DRCC/TAG) will facilitate a hands-on workshop about the proposed cleanup plan and its recommendations for improvement, followed by a family dinner, river-themed tile-making activity, and free tickets courtesy of the Seattle Aquarium.

WHAT: Multilingual Duwamish Cleanup Workshop & Tile-Making

WHEN: Thursday, May 9, 6:00 p.m.

WHERE: Concord International School, 723 S. Concord St., Seattle

“This is a great opportunity to voice our concerns in our own languages,” says Concord School parent and South Park resident Paulina Lopez, who serves as DRCC/TAG’s Outreach Coordinator. “We want to make sure that the cleanup protects the health of our children and our families. ”

“This will help empower the community,” says DRCC/TAG Program Manager Alberto Rodriguez. “South Park residents will be teaching each other about the cleanup options, and they’ll get to design their own cleanup plan to submit to EPA as formal public comments.”

DRCC/TAG serves as EPA’s Community Advisory Group for the Superfund cleanup. Representatives will also be available from EPA, the WA Department of Ecology, and the “Lower Duwamish Waterway Group,” comprised of four potentially responsible parties with liability for cleanup (Boeing, Seattle, King County, and the Port of Seattle).

DRCC/TAG will also announce and recruit school families interested in its new river cleanup Job Training Program, a partnership with EPA’s Superfund Job Training Initiative.

EPA’s Proposed River Cleanup Plan is currently out for public review, and public comments are due by June 13.

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