Steve Edmiston appointed to Steering Committee for Aviation Impact Study


The Des Moines City Council last week appointed Des Moines resident/activist Steve Edmiston to serve as a citizen representative on the Washington State Commerce Department Aviation Impact Study steering committee.

As many of our Readers will recall, Edmiston has been an outspoken activist who has been taking on Port of Seattle Commissioners about airport noise/pollution for his documentary film project “The Briefing Project” (read our previous coverage here).

The aviation study, first introduced by State Representative Tina Orwall (D-Des Moines), is funded by a $300,000 2017 State Budget Proviso, and matched with an additional $300,000 from Seatac, Burien, Des Moines, Normandy Park, Tukwila, and Federal Way.

“The last study of this nature – exclusively examining the impacts of airport operations on the airport neighbor communities – was over twenty years ago,” Edmiston told The Waterland Blog. “Given the limited funds, it’s just so critical that we get it right at the start, beginning with the scope of exactly what will be included in the study. I’m very grateful that Representatives Orwall and Mike Pelliciotti, Senator Karen Keiser, and the Department of Commerce, have sought collaboration from citizen appointees to serve on the steering committee with our cities and the Port.”

Edmiston has volunteered with Quiet Skies Puget Sound over the past two years, has given many public presentations on airport expansion issues, and he serves on the Des Moines Aviation Advisory Committee. Edmiston is also a filmmaker, and his current endeavor, “The Briefing Project,” seeks to brief the Port of Seattle Commissioners about the noise and pollution impacts to airport neighbor communities resulting from increased flights at Sea-Tac Airport. The twist is that, as a citizen, Edmiston is providing his briefing during consecutive two-minute public-comment segments that will take him nearly a year to complete.

“It’s a media project that merges journalism, editorial commentary, citizen activism, the ‘it’s happening before our eyes’ elements of a reality-show, and social media, all serving a documentary about five elected officials with a choice to make about how to continue, stop, or mitigate, the harms caused to humans and the environment,” Edmiston said.

See Department of Commerce letter and legislation relating to the Aviation Impact Study here (PDF file).

See all The Briefing Project episodes here:

About Steve Edmiston
Steve is a business, intellectual property, and entertainment lawyer. He is also a screenwriter and independent film producer. He has written and produced award-winning feature-length and short films (including “Crimes of the Past,” “A Relative Thing,” “Farewell to Harry,” “The Day My Parents Became Cool,” “The Periphery Project,” and “The Maury Island Incident”). He serves on the Port Townsend Film Festival Board of Directors, and has taught producing and screenwriting and producing at Seattle University, University of Washington, and the Seattle Film Institute.


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