BJ Cummings

Over the past 20 years, BJ has provided invaluable leadership in securing the cleanup of Seattle’s damaged Duwamish River. BJ founded the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition/Technical Advisory Group (DRCC/TAG), which subsequently led to the naming of Seattle’s only river as a Superfund site and set in motion 13 years of advocacy work. In 2014, BJ led a public involvement campaign called “River For All”, which resulted in thousands of formal comments on EPA’s cleanup plan with testimony in 10 languages; more than 43,000 letters written to the City of Seattle and King County backing the initiative, and celebrity support from Grammy Award winner, Macklemore. Today, the EPA has a final Record of Decision for the Duwamish that commits more than $300 million to its cleanup, in large part due to BJ’s efforts.