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Washington's Green-Duwamish Watershed joins Urban Waters Federal Partnership

Photo of A community garden in the Seattle metro area. Kathy Wolf, USDA Forest ServiceA community garden in the Seattle metro area. Kathy Wolf, USDA Forest ServiceSnapshot : The Green-Duwamish Urban Waters Federal Partnership focuses on salmon recovery and environmental justice initiatives, with the added goal of creating local jobs, providing residents with new skills, and protecting human health.

Principal Investigators(s) :
Blahna, Dale 
Research Location : Washington
Research Station : Pacific Northwest Research Station (PNW)
Year : 2013
Highlight ID : 511

Summary

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

External Partners

  • State and Private Forestr
  • Urban and Community Forestry
  • Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition
  • Earth Economics
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Forterra
  • King County
  • NOAA
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • U.S. Geological Survey
  • USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • University of Washington
  • Washington State Department of Natural Resources Urban and Community Forestry
  • Watershed Ecosystem Forum