Hamm Creek, Point Rediscovery
10080 Des Moines Memorial Dr S, Burien, WA 98168
Owner: King County
Hamm Creek Estuary is located just south of South Park along the Duwamish River and is one of the two only salmon spawning creeks in the Duwamish River. Today, the native vegetation here provides food for juvenile salmonids, in the form of bugs living on the plants as ready themselves for their journey to the Puget Sound. Surrounded by urbanization, Hamm Creek is a pocket of natural estuarine habitat. Hamm Creek is a legacy site where the first effort to recognize that the Duwamish Waterway was a river that needed saving from the industrial uses of the past by John Beal. John started this effort as one person volunteering his time and efforts, growing it into not only a local but a national concern and effort to improve the health of the river.
Over the years, many volunteer groups have worked informally at the site to improve the health of the environment along its banks, including the Veterans Conservation Corps, Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition, and students. Liana Beal reached out to DIRT Corps in 2016 to develop a work plan to ensure that her dad’s legacy at the site was not forgotten, and that consistent monitoring and maintenance continued. DIRT Corps provides on-the-job training for young adult workers, specifically encouraging women, people of color and un/underemployed adults to join and then lead. The program provides hands-on training with a focus on vegetation management and ecological restoration, urban forestry, and rain garden and cistern design/build.