Duwamish River Restoration Bike Tour: Industrial Evolution Professional Review and Guide
"It’s easy to feel hopeless when you read news coverage of the Superfund-listed Duwamish River. Over the past one hundred years, Seattle’s great river has been dredged, filled in, paved over, and polluted, so that only 2 percent of its original 5300-acre wetland habitat remains. Yet osprey and people live and fish here, seals and river otters swim here, and millions of juvenile salmon rely on this waterway as a protective channel where they can slowly prepare for life in saltwater—and, years later, find respite on the last leg of the journey home.
Since the early 1990s, restoration efforts dotting these banks have engendered a sense of hope, and early indications show that these endeavors are working. In an effort to create a corridor of precious estuarine habitats, representatives from federal, state, and local agencies, tribal governments, and citizen’s conservation groups with the help of untold volunteers have muddied their boots at more than a dozen restoration sites. The Duwamish is a tidally influenced waterway, meaning its levels vary greatly at high and low tide. This tour includes multiple stops, all with pathways to views overlooking the river, many with benches and small parks."