• December 17, 2014

‘Finding Nemo’ next free movie presented by South Park Senior Center

From Dagmar Cronn, the announcement for next week’s free movie night:


8201 10th Ave S


MONDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2014 6:30 – 8:30 PM




SPSC supported by United Way of King County and Seattle Department of Human Services

  • December 6, 2014

Update: Power back in South Park and vicinity

10:32 AM: If you haven’t lost power – you’re lucky. Part of South Park has, as well as other nearby areas in North Highline and Burien. More than 9,000 homes and businesses in all – no restoration time estimated yet – see the latest map of the outage locations here. (Screen grab above was taken from that same page just before 11 am.)

11:37 AM: Back on.

  • December 2, 2014

EPA decision in; Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition says it ‘does not go far enough’

(File photo from partner site West Seattle Blog, by Christopher Boffoli)
The Environmental Protection Agency‘s final decision is in regarding the Lower Duwamish Waterway Superfund Site cleanup. So is early reaction. First, the EPA’s introduction/quick overview, from this webpage:

The Record of Decision – or “ROD” – is the EPA’s cleanup plan to reduce risks to people’s health and the environment from toxic chemicals in the river.

The plan includes details of the cleanup of about 177 acres in the waterway. Cleanup will involve dredging, capping, and natural sedimentation. The cleanup will cost an estimated $342 million.

These cleanup actions complement the work of state, county and city agencies to improve the health of the Green/Duwamish watershed. All of these actions together will remove over 90 percent of contamination in the waterway.

*The 181-page “Record of Decision” is here

*The EPA’s two-page “fact sheet” is here, envisioning a 17-year time frame – “7 years of active cleanup and 10 years of monitored natural recovery”

*More than 2,000 public comments were received before the final plan was developed/announced, and the EPA’s 150-page document of response to them is here

The EPA plans a public meeting to talk about the plan on Wednesday, January 21, 2015, time TBA, at the Concord International School gym in South Park.

Now, top-level reaction we have received via e-mail:

First, from the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition, via coordinator James Rasmussen:

EPA has raised the floor on the ‘mandatory minimum’ that must be done. This decision removes more toxic waste than previously proposed – that helps to reduce the long term risks to the river and to the people who live and fish here.

However, what EPA is requiring does not go far enough – people’s health will still suffer unless we do more.

The good news is that EPA’s order opens the door to do just that. With each phase of the cleanup, this decision gives us the opportunity to go further, and protect people’s health better.

It is now up to our local elected governments to be proactive, and take action to fully protect our river and our health.

As for those elected governments – here are two statements received so far, first, from King County Executive Dow Constantine:

Thanks to this long-awaited federal decision, we now have a roadmap for specific actions to clean up historic contamination of the Lower Duwamish River and meet our shared goal of protecting human health and the environment. It’s an historic decision that follows 14 years of scientific research and public engagement.

It’s also a complex decision, one which we must review closely to understand what it will mean for King County and the health, economy, and environment of the Lower Duwamish, where communities face some of the greatest challenges.

This restoration is more than a matter of policy for me. I’ve lived on the Duwamish Peninsula my whole life. As the industrial heartland of King County, the Duwamish River Valley is a center for well-paying, family-wage jobs that have provided generations with the opportunity to succeed. A healthy, growing economy also helps pay for the cleanup work that lies ahead.

Today’s decision follows a decade of early actions by our Lower Duwamish Waterway Group to clean up nearly half of the legacy PCB contamination that contributed to the Superfund listing in the first place. Together we have already invested more than $40 million in scientific studies and $150 million in cleanup, including removal of 260,000 cubic yards of contaminated sediment.

But ultimately, the Lower Duwamish can only be as clean as the water that flows into it from upland and upstream. That’s why Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and I created the Green/Duwamish Watershed Strategy, a holistic approach to coordinate the work being done and money being invested across the entire ecosystem of this nearly 500-square mile watershed—including habitat restoration, cleanup and control of new pollution at the source, and testing of emerging technologies for cleanup of historic sediments. This approach will give the community greater certainty that the benefits of the Lower Duwamish cleanup will endure, by controlling upstream pollution and preventing recontamination from runoff that can carry motor oil, household cleaners, and pesticides.

And from Seattle Mayor Ed Murray:

“This is a huge day for Seattle’s only river, and for the people of Seattle. EPA’s final decision gets us closer to a healthier Duwamish River for our neighborhoods and our environment. Seattle and our partners have already invested over $150 million to cleanup key polluted sites within the river. We look forward to reviewing EPA’s decision and working with them to get the cleanup done.

“In order to have a clean river, we need a healthy system. The City will also continue to engage in other Duwamish watershed recovery efforts. In the years ahead, we will work with neighborhoods along the river on grassroots environment, health and recreation projects that are reconnecting the community to our natural heritage.”

  • December 2, 2014

Puget Sound Clean Air Agency lifts burn ban

Just in case you were waiting for word it’s OK to use your fireplace/woodstove again … here it is: At noon, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency lifted the burn ban that had been in effect for King County for the past few days.

  • November 27, 2014

Free Thanksgiving dinner until 2 pm in South Park

As noted on the e-mail group by Dagmar, until 2 pm, “Thanksgiving Day dinner is being served at the Neighborhood Center until 2:00 pm. Come visit your neighbors – bring the kids. Our lead cook, Sunni, is a fabulous cook. The decorations are unbelievably impressive. Free Chicken and Waffles to take home, thank to the Chicken and Waffles restaurant in Rainier Beach.” Happy Thanksgiving!

  • 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