Podcast Series: Science and Environmental Justice – Our River, Our Community: What’s Science Got to Do with It?

This podcast was hosted by Amigos de Seattle (ADS), which is a community-based organization in South Park, WA. ADS Radio is a bilingual radio program that reaches a diverse audience of English and Spanish language speakers throughout Seattle.  



  • Environmental Justice and Science (July 6, 2022)


  • What is pollution source control and what are we doing about it? (March 16, 2022)
  • Pollution Source Control: Roles and Responsibilities (April 13th, 2022)
  • Community questions on source control (June 8, 2022)


·       Sediment Pollution: Fishing the Duwamish River (April 27, 2022)


·       What is happening with the Duwamish Waterway Park? (June 15, 2022)

  • What is the Ecology Cleanup Process and how does it work for Duwamish Waterway Park? (June 22, 2022)


·       What’s being done about flooding in South Park? (May 25, 2022)


Our River, Our Community: What’s Science Got to Do with It?

Radio station: Amigos de Seattle

Podcast program: La Voz de la Justicia

Hosted by: Duwamish River Community Coalition (DRCC)

Co-sponsored by: Just Health Action and UW Superfund Research Program

This podcast series is a community outreach and educational series about the intersections of science and environmental justice. The series focuses on case studies of the Duwamish River’s various Superfund sites, with thematic focuses on environmental remediation, pollution control (source control), flooding, and Duwamish Waterway Park – all provided by invited experts in relevant professional fields. There are three main goals for this series:

  1. Educate a broad audience of community stakeholders in the Duwamish Valley about the science and research behind different aspects of the Superfund cleanup to increase community capacity and understanding of complex technical issues
  2. Provide a platform for community members to learn more about the agencies, personnel, institutions, and laws that shape the Superfund program in order to empower community to participate in the cleanup process
  3. Disseminate factual and science-based information about important environmental justice issues that affect the community and civil society more generally in Seattle and the greater Puget Sound region

Science is a critical tool in promoting public understanding of complex environmental problems faced by environmental justice communities. However, for a variety of complicated reasons, these communities often do not have the resources or capacity to gather or make sense of this information themselves. Scientists occupy an important and privileged position in our society and have an obligation to help communicate their findings to community stakeholders, decision-makers, and other relevant civic organizations to guide ethical and equitable democratic policy and rule-making.

In addition, Washington State’s new HEAL Act creates a mandate for incorporating environmental justice in the decisions of state government, particularly science-based agencies. In this series, scientists and other technical and subject area experts will provide data, share research findings, and communicate information that is relevant to pending decisions in environmental justice communities and the Duwamish Valley, in particular.

The podcast materials aired on March 16th, April 13th, June 8th, June 15th, June 22nd, and July 6th, 2022 were funded through a Public Participation Grant from the Washington State Department of Ecology. The content was reviewed for grant consistency but is not necessarily endorsed by the agency.