Tiny Fish, Big Impact for Duwamish Waterway

Boeing's cleanup in Puget Sound pays off for salmon counts

March 27, 2018 in Our Environment

The tide is turning for salmon thanks in part to Boeing’s continued cleanup of the Lower Duwamish Waterway.

Boeing finished transformation of a one-mile stretch of Puget Sound’s Lower Duwamish Waterway in 2014 by restoring shoreline habitat and promoting juvenile salmon survival before they swim out to sea to mature into adult fish. A year later, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration presented an Excellence in Restoration Award to The Boeing Company. The award recognizes leaders in coastal restoration who are focused on ecological value and the importance of effective collaboration with project partners.

Boeing continues that cooperation with local partners along the Duwamish to make sure the restored shoreline is working as designed. The first count of the season welcomed over 1,600 smolt to Seattle. Here's how they account for tiny fish that make a big impact.