Habitat

Habitat Restoration

A River Reborn (Video)
A River Reborn (Video)
NOAA highlights Boeing's restoration efforts along the Duwamish Waterway. More >>
Duwamish Habitat Restoration
Duwamish Habitat Restoration
Boeing restored nearly one mile of shoreline, carving out five acres of fish and wildlife habitat along the Lower Duwamish Waterway.
Duwamish Habitat Restoration
Duwamish Habitat Restoration
Intertidal wetlands featuring native plants and piles of large woody debris are a source of food and protection for migrating salmon.
Duwamish Habitat Restoration
Duwamish Habitat Restoration
Natural shoreline and a stormwater treatment system replaced the former B-17 facility at Plant 2 near Boeing Field.

Amid barges stacked high with containers set for Alaska and heaps of old appliances waiting to be recycled, there is now a rare sight along this working waterway adjacent to Boeing Plant 2: natural, undeveloped shoreline.

Boeing recently completed nearly one mile of fish and wildlife habitat and restored shoreline, which is the largest habitat restoration effort along the Duwamish Waterway. In addition to transforming more than a half mile of waterfront along the Plant 2 site into natural shoreline, Boeing created intertidal wetlands to improve waterway conditions and serve as a resting area for migrating salmon.

From tufted hairgrass and bulrush to willows and big leaf maple, more than 170,000 native plants now occupy five acres along the water’s edge. These wetland plants and grasses, along with piles of large woody debris that are anchored in place along the shoreline, provide refuge and food sources for fish and wildlife. A protection system built out of ropes and lightweight steel rods is currently in place to prevent geese from uprooting the young plants.

Boeing’s habitat restoration work was done under the oversight of the Natural Resource Trustees, a group that is made up of several federal and state agencies, as well as local tribes.

Boeing's efforts to cleanup and restore wildlife habitat along the Lower Duwamish Waterway are all part of the company's larger commitment to conduct environmental work that is valuable to the ecosystem, Puget Sound and surrounding communities.