"Deeply researched and eloquent." – Daniel James Brown, author of The Boys in the Boat
"[A} magnificent accomplishment... Cummings’ important history serves as a primer and a call to action.
– David Buerge, author of Chief Seattle and the City That Took His Name
"Cummings brings the river and its history to life... A must-read for anyone who wants to know the story flowing through Seattle."
– David Montgomery, author of Dirt!, King of Fish, and Rocks Don't Lie
"Accessible and straightforward... offers a clear-eyed assessment of an exceedingly complicated place."
– Coll Thrush, author of Native Seattle: Histories of the Crossing-Over Place
"[M]ovingly describes the vital importance of the Duwamish... This wonderful book offers both an indictment and a ray of hope."
– Denis Hayes, Earth Day founder, President of the Bullitt Foundation
The Duwamish River has been subject to two centuries of competing claims – by native tribes, early settlers, industrial pioneers, and waves of immigrant communities taking up residence along its banks. The outcome of these conflicts has shaped the course of the river, the fate of its communities, and the character of Seattle itself.
Today, the Duwamish River is polluted, its neighborhoods in poor health, and its industrial base stagnant. But plans for cleanup and revitalization are underway, led by a new generation of pioneers who reimagine the Duwamish as "a river for all."
BJ Cummings is a Seattle-based writer, public speaker and filmmaker. Cummings founded the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition in 2001 and has worked with the river's resident, tribal, fishing, business and regulatory communities for 25 years. She has been honored as a national "River Hero," Seattle "Sustainability Hero," King County "Green Globe" Leader in Environmental Activism, and one of Seattle Magazine's "25 Most Influential People of the Year." She currently manages community engagement for the University of Washington's Superfund Research Program.