Member Highlight – Paulina López

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Paulina López is a volunteer, organizer, advocate, and mother of three boys. Originally from Ecuador, she has made Seattle her home for 19 years. Presently, she is the Executive Director for the Duwamish River Community Coalition (DRCC), advocating for communities to have a voice in complex decision-making processes. Paulina has over 20 years of experience working to advance civil rights, social justice, equity, education, and diversity.

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Celebrating UWLN Learning Forums and Awards

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Through the years, the UWLN meeting has turned into a Learning Forum with both morning and afternoon opportunities for the network to connect with upwards of 100 urban waters members. Also added to the forum in 2017, EPA supports signature and expert award winners from the network who are recognized during the learning forum and supported to attend River Rally. 

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Member Highlight: Daniel Joseph Wiley

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Daniel Joseph Wiley—a lifelong resident of Newark, NJ—works on housing policy with the Ironbound Community Corporation as the Housing Justice Program and Policy Manager, advocating for both housing and environmental justice in the East Ward of the city where rapid riverfront development threatens affordable housing.

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“Look for the Helpers”: The Living Cully Partnership

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The impacts of Living Cully’s work reflect the recurring theme that strong partnerships and effective community engagement are key strategies to addressing the impacts of gentrification and anti-displacement – a theme I’ve uncovered again and again during my research.

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Intention and Attention: Urban Waters Revitalization and Anti-Displacement Strategies

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This year, we are digging deeper into a topic that has been a concern of UWLN members for years: the gentrification and displacement of people that we see taking place in our urban communities, typically following efforts to revitalize and reinvest in the places we call home. This reinvestment can come in the form of the projects we pursue as part of our urban waters work.

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Social Infrastructure is Key to Building Resilient Communities: Insights from Ingrid Vila on the Puerto Rico Experience

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Much of the world’s population lives in coastal regions that are vulnerable to rising sea level and storm events.  After the impactful 2017 hurricane season, many urban waters practitioners are asking:   How do communities effectively respond to devastating storms?  And, … Continued

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