Thursday, October 15, 2009

Evergreen Tacoma Initiative will enable reinvestment, protect Puget Sound

On Tuesday, Oct. 13, the City of Tacoma, the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, the Washington State Department of Ecology and the University of Washington Tacoma (UWT) held a joint news conference to announce and explain a proposed national model called the Evergreen Tacoma Initiative.

The Evergreen Tacoma Initiative takes a systematic approach to environmental cleanup by considering an entire area affected by soil and groundwater pollution, rather than by tackling the problem one parcel at a time. A team of representatives from state, county and local governments, private property owners, environmental consultants and other business professionals as well as non-profit organizations will work together to identify the system-wide sources of contamination and develop a cleanup and sustainable re-use plan to prevent re-contamination and enable reinvestment. This initiative will also help to protect Puget Sound. Learn more about it...