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Duwamish Waterway Shoreline

Duwamish Waterway

For more than a decade, Boeing has demonstrated its commitment to the health of the Lower Duwamish Waterway and surrounding communities.

Timely and Effective Solutions

For more than a decade, Boeing has demonstrated its commitment to the health of the Lower Duwamish Waterway and surrounding communities in Seattle, Wash., by investing in cleanup activities and habitat restoration. Boeing partners with businesses, tribes, the local community and government agencies, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Washington Department of Ecology, to implement protective, timely and cost-effective cleanup solutions.

For more information, view the Plant 2 Habitat Restoration and Sediment Cleanup Backgrounder.

Posters

Feature Stories

Swimming with Salmon

Swimming with Salmon

October 9, 2015 in Environment, Community

Seattle man swims 55 miles to highlight the health of the watershed and the river that runs through it.

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Turning the Tide

Turning the Tide

July 16, 2015 in Environment, Community

Boeing's habitat on Seattle's Duwamish Waterway attracts salmon, birds and national accolades.

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Digging Deep

Digging Deep

May 20, 2015 in Environment, Community

The birthplace of the B-17 bomber is now home to a salmon habitat - a sign of things to come for Seattle's Duwamish Waterway.

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Diving Deep into History

Diving Deep into History

April 16, 2015 in Technology

Boeing's Echo Ranger surveys scuttled USS Independence -- offering first close, detailed look at the Navy aircraft carrier since 1951

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History of Boeing Plant 2

B-17 at factory, crowd

The 5,000th B-17 bomber built after Pearl Harbor carried the signatures of all the builders, riveters and designers who worked on it at Boeing Plant 2.

Boeing can trace its nearly 100-year history back to the banks of the Lower Duwamish Waterway. In addition to supplying the U.S. military with nearly 7,000 B-17 bombers throughout World War II, Boeing Plant 2 provided thousands of Washington men and women with manufacturing and industrial jobs.

In December 2011, the aging 1.7 million square foot facility was demolished to clear the way for Boeing’s cleanup and habitat restoration efforts along the Lower Duwamish Waterway. Over 85 percent of the building materials were recycled or reused.

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    Making Progress with Early Cleanup

    Boeing completed a comprehensive cleanup of the 1-mile span of the Duwamish Waterway near the former Plant 2 site. This dredging effort involved removing enough sediment and bank soil to fill 4,000 railcars and replacing it with clean sand to restore the waterway. Boeing received an Environmental Excellence award from the World Organization of Dredging Associations in recognition of its multi-faceted environmental restoration.

    This cleanup was one of the "early action" projects which — combined with other early action work managed by the Port of Seattle, City of Seattle and King County — reduced Polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) concentrations in the waterway sediment by half.

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    Restoring Habitat for Fish and Wildlife

    Great Blue Heron

    Native plants and woody debris provide refuge and food sources for migrating salmon and other wildlife.

    Amid barges stacked high with containers set for Alaska and heaps of old appliances waiting to be recycled, there is now natural, undeveloped shoreline along this working waterway. Boeing completed the largest habitat restoration in the Lower Duwamish Waterway, transforming nearly one mile of former industrial waterfront adjacent to the former Plant 2 site into a wetland resource that improves Puget Sound salmon runs.

    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 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.

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recognized Boeing with its annual Excellence in Restoration award in 2015. This award honors leaders in coastal restoration who are focused on ecological value and the importance of effective collaboration with project partners.

    The Natural Resource Trustees, a group that is made up of federal agencies, state agencies and local tribes, oversaw the project’s design. Boeing also worked with the U.S. EPA and the Washington State Department of Ecology to coordinate its waterway cleanup in conjunction with habitat restoration.