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Green/Duwamish Watershed Strategy Announced

King County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announce the news

Monday, September 9, marked a seminal moment in open space planning, as King County and the City of Seattle, in the presence of community groups, natural resource agencies and local news media, announced plans to develop a Green/Duwamish Watershed Strategy. The Regional Open Space Strategy will partner with these municipal leaders in the strategy development, creating and convening a watershed advisory group to build the process around work already taking place and informed by those that know the land best.

This ambitious effort will be a huge benefit to our efforts to develop a strategy for preserving and enhancing benefits of our natural system throughout the Central Puget Sound region. By working collaboratively, at broad scale – in this case the 500-square mile watershed – we can more effectively and efficiently address the needs of the natural systems that play such a critical role in our unparalleled quality of life here.

The ROSS encompasses four counties, eight watersheds, and one shared future. We have been guided by active partners from Tacoma to Orting in developing an open space strategy for the Puyallup-White watershed. We are now excited to work with King County, cities, tribal government, businesses, and community organizations to integrate and elevate the many activities underway, and to conserve and enhance the ecological as well as community vitality of the Green-Duwamish and the rest of the Central Puget Sound.

This news today opens an exciting new chapter in our collective efforts. A huge thank you to everyone that helped make this happen. Now let’s get to work!

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