Duwamish River’s Rowing Club Feels at Home on Superfund Site

As the cleanup continues, more and more people are using the Duwamish area for recreational purposes.  One youth rowing club is making the most of the waterway to teach young teens teamwork and connect these South Park residents with a local natural habitat. Click here to read more.

Cover Photo: Rowing on the river, teens Becca Stern, front, and James Suggs head downstream on the Duwamish in their 2-person shell. The Duwamish Rowing Club, now in its fourth year, is using the long-polluted waterway to get kids and adults from South Seattle exercising and in touch with nature. (Alan Berner / The Seattle Times)



Following instructions from their coach, the youngsters in the Duwamish Rowing Club get ready to head to the water either in racing shells or on the chase boat. (Alan Berner The Seattle Times)        

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A Duwamish Rowing Club member heads downstream in a single with Boeing property across the Duwamish on a weekend workout. Though tidal, rowers like the water because it’s almost a flat calm much of the time. (Alan Berner / The Seattle Times)


Duwamish Rowing Club members launch a shell, for four rowers and a coxswain, from a beach in South Park. They have to wade into the river, and the tides can make it tricky. Eventually the club would like a better launch site, a shell house that’s more than a converted shipping container, and an improved crew house rather than the shed it uses. (Alan Berner/The Seattle Times)