My favorite time of year, when the sun comes out and Washington IS beautiful! The weather clears up, the sunshine comes out, you can see Mount Rainier, birds start singing and the bunnies come out. The park by my work has some history to it, it is on the Duwamish River.
14 years into a massive federally directed cleanup effort on the Duwamish, it’s hard to ignore that progress has been made. Fresh grass and picnic tables sprout from waterfront parks. Ospreys are back, and their fish diets contain fewer pollutants. Boeing last year settled a long-fought suit with the federal government and agreed to create new wetlands. Contractors are ripping out a World War II-era warehouse that leached poisonous solvents where workers built B-17s. The area has history and for most of us who grew up here, the waterways were too polluted to swim in, or to eat any of the fish caught out of it. Now, after a massive clean up effort, the local Salmon have returned and they are considered “temporary” residents, so, that means that they can be eaten.
Along the stretch of Boulevard park that I walk, I found a few great things to take pictures of:
This old weeping willow that stands on the river banks is beautiful! If it could talk, oh the stories it would tell….
The pictures below are the bunnies that live in the park by the river. They are not afraid of people at all and just graze, occasionally looking up at you to see if you are a threat to them, then realizing you are not, they go back to eating. Most of the animals are slowly returning to the area there and it appears that the river and its parks are starting to see the improvements with all the wildlife returning.
It will be years before the state finds all the resources to help this area. That’s one reason Puget Sound advocates year after year push for major plans to treat and manage storm water because it does affect this river tremendously. We can only hope to see major improvements in the quantity of returning wildlife and fish to this area in the future.