Boeing earned the 2018 Marine Intertidal Project Award for its Lower Duwamish Waterway habitat restoration efforts at Plant 2 in Seattle, Wash. from the World Habitat Council, an organization that promotes and certifies habitat conservation and management on corporate lands through partnerships and education.
“We transformed former industrial waterfront into a natural environment that is designed to improve Puget Sound salmon runs,” said Brian Anderson, Boeing remediation and environmental expert.
Boeing completed the largest habitat restoration in the Lower Duwamish Waterway, transforming nearly one mile of former industrial waterfront into a wetland resource that provides critical habitat for juvenile salmon migrating into Puget Sound.
From tufted hair grass 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. This restoration project and the best practices it establishes for other habitat opportunities on the waterway earned Boeing several awards and accolades.
The project’s design was overseen by NOAA and the Natural Resource Trustees, which are made up of government agencies and local tribes. 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.
By Monica Zimmer