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Lower Duwamish River Consent Decree and Draft Restoration Plan Released for Public Comment

DECEMBER 7, 2020 — The U.S. Department of Justice lodged a consent decree for public comment proposing a settlement to fund natural resource restoration in Superfund sites along Seattle, Washington’s Lower Duwamish River.

Grassy area with river in background.
Lower Duwamish River bank where the Bluefield Holding's restoration site is located. Image credit: USFWS.

The proposed settlement is on behalf of NOAA and the other Trustees conducting the Lower Duwamish River Natural Resource Damage Assessment with the City of Seattle.

The approximately $3.9 million settlement partially funds a project previously constructed by Bluefield Holdings, Inc., a restoration bank developer, to restore juvenile salmonids, other fish, migratory birds, and other wildlife.

The draft restoration plan proposes the Trustees accept restoration credits available from an existing habitat restoration project developed by Bluefield Holdings, Inc. to address injuries associated with releases of hazardous substances and discharges of oil from the City of Seattle’s facilities in the Lower Duwamish River,

Details on where to submit a public comment can be viewed on the NOAA Damage Assessment, Remediation, and Restoration Program (DARRP) Website.

For further information, contact Tom.Brosnan@noaa.gov.

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Last updated Friday, December 11, 2020 4:53pm PST