Environmental Justice and the Duwamish River. Jonathan Betz-Zall Highline Community College Library April, 2009. Duwamish River. Warning!. Wildlife still here. Pioneer Days. Duwamish not always an industrial sewer.
Highline Community College Library
Duwamish not always an industrial sewer.
FirstEuropean Americans conformed to the meandering shape of the river.
All rivers tend to meander.
Contrast the curved shapes of nature with the square corners of the land claims.
an ideal spot for industrial uses
All made easier by “straightening” the river
Steam dredge at work
Current schematic map—no curves.
First European-American land use-- farming.
[Image of Marra Farm, in South Park]
Before they were forced onto reservations, Native Americans used to come and work for European American farmers.
First Boeing Plant in Georgetown
“Duwamish River Industry 2007”
[painting by Robert Connell]
From a Seattle Times story on the Puget Soundkeeper Alliance
Carcinogenic (causing cancer)
Red dots: Toxic Waste Sites
Green Dots: Hazardous Waste Sites
Blue Dots: Superfund Sites
Light areas: low income
Red outlines: People of Color
2001—Community Coalition for Environmental Justice campaign against a polluting facility
Toxic mud got spread out instead of being removed.
Duwamish Tribal dancers
Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition leads a community visioning session.