Wetland plants and grasses, along with piles of woody debris that are anchored in place along the shoreline, provide refuge and food sources for fish and wildlife.
Boeing employees help restore Duwamish habitat
On June 17, Boeing hosted a celebration for nearly 100 people to mark the completion of the largest habitat restoration in the Lower Duwamish Waterway. Spanning nearly one mile, this new resource for fish and wildlife was created in the footprint of the former Plant 2 facility, the home of the B-17 during World War II.
The event featured remarks by Vice President of Boeing Environment, Health & Safety Ursula English and representatives from Boeing’s project and community partners, including NOAA and ECOSS. Attendees were able to view the northern portion of the 5-acre habitat, which features intertidal wetlands, woody debris and more than 170,000 native plants. Habitat is crucial – especially along this section of the Duwamish – to improve Puget Sound salmon runs. NOAA created a video highlighting the transformation and how habitat like this benefits fish, wildlife and the surrounding communities.
Boeing’s restoration work was done under the oversight of the Natural Resource Trustees, a group that is made up of federal and state agencies and local tribes. This effort is in addition to our in-water cleanup work, which is directed by the U.S. EPA and Washington State Department of Ecology. Boeing is approximately half way toward its goal of removing 165,000 cubic yards of sediment and replacing it with clean sand to restore the waterway bed by 2015.