Learn about the Superfund site in our collective backyard

Picture of the Duwamish Valley taken by Paul Joseph Brown
Picture of the Duwamish Valley taken by Paul Joseph Brown


Right across Elliott Bay from the Seattle Aquarium is the mouth of Seattle's only river, the Duwamish River. Did you know that the Lower Duwamish is a Superfund site? Declared by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2001, this designation means the site is extremely contaminated by pollution and needs to be cleaned up for wildlife and human health.

The Aquarium is encouraging members of our community to learn more about the EPA’s proposed cleanup plan, and to voice your opinion on it. The EPA is hosting public hearings on April 30, May 15 and May 29. The Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition (DRCC), EPA’s designated Community Advisory Group and a partner of the Seattle Aquarium, is hosting more public meeting, workshops, boat tours and events.

Visit the DRCC’s website for resources regarding the EPA’s proposed cleanup plan for the Lower Duwamish. More details can also be found in a recent article by Seattle Times reporter Lynda Mapes.

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