Once a Polluter, Boeing Now Leading on Duwamish River Cleanup

By Will Stelle, special to The Seattle Times
Jul 30, 2015 1:35 PM ET

The Duwamish River is probably the hardest-working river in Washington. It has long supported industry, with Boeing building thousands of World War II airplanes on its shores. It has been dredged, channelized and, yes, heavily polluted along the way — it became a Superfund site in 2001.

But the Duwamish still supports salmon and steelhead, including endangered species, a testament to the tenacity of the fish and the river itself. If the fish and the river can persevere, then we owe it to them to deliver on the ambitious and collaborative plans for reversing the historic damage and making the Duwamish right.

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