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Brian Anderson

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Boeing's Brian Anderson is passionate about the restoration of the Duwamish Waterway in Seattle -- a project he leads.

Turning the tide

Many will benefit from sediment cleanup and restoration of the Duwamish Waterway, adjacent to Plant 2, in Seattle. Brian Anderson, the leader of this project, explains why this matters to him.

Boeing is working with local communities, businesses and government agencies to clean up the Duwamish Waterway in Seattle. This includes restoring fish habitat near the Plant 2 area, where aircraft were built in support of World War II. Below, Brian Anderson, Duwamish restoration project leader, explains in his own words his passion for this cleanup effort.

"The Lower Duwamish Waterway in Seattle is the gateway to salmon runs, industrial manufacturing, transportation and local recreation -- all coexisting. Unfortunately, runoff from the industrial and residential metropolitan area has taken a toll on the natural environment.

"The Duwamish will once again be a flourishing waterway for all."

"I’m a geologist and a member of the team that’s working to clean up legacy contamination in and along the waterway. We’ve installed stormwater treatment systems to reduce future impacts to the waterway. Later this year, we’ll begin removing more than 200,000 cubic yards (153,000 cubic meters) of contaminated sediments from the waterway bed adjacent to Boeing property. That’s enough to fill 4,000 rail cars. We’ll be restoring the waterway bank habitat for migrating salmon, also home to native birds and other wildlife. And, in partnership with others, we are evaluating alternatives for the future cleanup of the lower 5-mile (8-kilometer) stretch of the waterway.

"A big part of what I enjoy about my job is the chance to work with an awesome team of Boeing engineers and scientists, our county, city and port cleanup partners and regulatory agencies -- all dedicated to restoring the Duwamish. I couldn’t find a better team to focus on making our workplace and this community a better place.

"I also appreciate the opportunity to educate local residents and businesses so they understand and support the project, despite the short-term inconveniences it may create. So far, the folks we’ve spoken with from the nearby South Park area have been supportive of our plan. To minimize interference with tribal fishing, we work within 'construction windows' or specified times that do not interfere with salmon runs. Restoration of the waterway adjacent to Plant 2 could take around three years to complete, so we are taking the extra steps to minimize impact to local communities.

"Everyone who lives, works or commutes in the nearly 500-square-mile (1,300-square-kilometer) watershed plays a part in the long-term success of this investment. I am excited about the vision of an urban waterway that supports the economic vitality of the region, is home to thriving native species, and is a resource for local communities. The Duwamish will once again be a flourishing waterway for all. I’m grateful that I get to help make it a reality."