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Surviving on the Duwamish

From: Seattle Globalist
Series: Life on the Duwamish: Rediscovering Seattle's Dirty South
Length: 08:53

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Prxduwe5_small From the reshaping of the river in favor of industry to the massive dumping of industrial waste, the Duwamish Waterway is one of the most environmentally controversial areas within the city limits. Our final segment asks just how Metro Natural Seattle really is.

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Piece Description

From the reshaping of the river in favor of industry to the massive dumping of industrial waste, the Duwamish Waterway is one of the most environmentally controversial areas within the city limits. Our final segment asks just how Metro Natural Seattle really is.

Broadcast History

First broadcast on KUOW 949 Seattle September 2007. Re-broadcast November 2007.

Transcript

SCRIPT

James: I see people coming down here and you know they, they throw balls out into the river for their dogs you know and that type of thing. Well the soil down here is contaminated, right?

James Rasmussen is a member of the Duwamish Tribal Council and president of the Green-Duwamish Watershed Alliance. We?re down at T-107, a little park on the Duwamish River, right next to Kellogg Island.

James: And so their dogs you know they go out and they run around and they get all this stuff in their fur and they go into their car and then they go home. This is a trail of pollutants that goes straight from the river to their home.

And we?re not just talking stains on your carpet or mud in the backseat of your car. The main pollutants here are PCBs and phthalates. PCBs are carcinogenic. They get stored up in the flesh of the fish and crab that live in the river, making them unsafe t...
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Timing and Cues

LEDE (0:15)

Seattle is home to one of the most contaminated industrial waste sites in the country.

James: You can actually still walk out and as you step down you can see the petroleum ooze out of the ground.

In today?s segment, a look at cleanup on the River.

BACKANNOUNCE (0:19)

Life on the Duwamish was produced by Jessica Partnow of The Common Language Project, with Alex Stonehill, Sarah Stuteville (Stew-teh-ville) and Peder (Pay-Dur) Nelson. The series editor was Jim Gates. Funding for Life on the Duwamish was provided by the KUOW Program Venture Fund. Contributors include Paul and Laurie Ahern and Puget Sound Energy. For interactive multimedia, visit kuow.org.

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