Washington's Green-Duwamish Watershed joins Urban Waters Federal Partnership
The Green-Duwamish River Watershed is home to some of the most economically and ethnically diverse neighborhoods in the nation. Recent GIS mapping efforts confirm that the urban forest canopy and a range of other determinants of equity are unevenly distributed in the watershed, resulting in affluent residents enjoying greater amenities than lower income residents. The Green-Duwamish partnership is helping to scale these findings and their implications, bringing together a common framework for federal, tribal, state, regional, and local agencies for design protection and recovery projects. The Green-Duwamish Urban Waters Federal Partnership has established ties with civic and non-governmental organizations such as Community Coalition for Environmental Justice and the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition to understand their environmental justice concerns. The partnership also serves as a coordinating mechanism for many existing stewardship groups, agencies, and other organizations like the Puget Sound Federal Caucus, the Green Cities Research Alliance, and the Water Resources Inventory Area. Efforts are focusing on salmon recovery and connecting to ongoing environmental justice initiatives, with the added goal of creating local jobs, providing residents with new skills, and protecting human health.
Forest Service Partners