Superfund Research Program
Community Engagement Core
Project Leader: Thomas Burbacher
Grant Number: P42ES004696
Funding Period: 2015-2022
The University of Washington (UW) Community Engagement Core (CEC) partnered with Lower Duwamish Waterway Superfund Site community and agency partners to develop and publish a fishing safety map outlining health and regulatory guidelines for subsistence fishers using the Duwamish River. The map was subsequently adopted and updated by Public Health-Seattle and King County. The CEC partnered with state and local agencies to produce a series of videos (95 percent complete) on local fishing advisories and regulations for the Duwamish subsistence fishing community. The maps and videos have been translated into Spanish, Vietnamese, and Khmer (Cambodian) to serve the site's immigrant fishing communities and will be distributed online and in person by trained Community Health Advocates and a variety of community organizations serving the Duwamish Valley. The CEC also serves as a technical/science advisor to the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition – EPA's Community Advisory Group for the Duwamish Superfund Site – and is a resource member of EPA's Duwamish Roundtable and a participant in EPA's Healthy Seafood Consumption Consortium.
The CEC supports annual summits and regular webinars for the Northwest Toxics Communities Coalition (NWTCC), a coalition of communities near hazardous waste sites in EPA's Region 10 that serves to facilitate sharing of resources, information, and mutual support. The CEC hosted the annual NWTCC summit featuring expert panels and presentations on scientific and legal topics, and two webinars, featuring topics selected by the NWTCC members and board of directors. The CEC also hosts a shared web site and provides limited administrative and logistic support to the board and member organizations.