SEATTLE -- Boeing made history on a one-mile stretch of the Duwamish River, twice.
First, during World War II, it defied the odds by churning out 12,000 B-17 Bombers.
Today it celebrated the largest restoration project in the history of the lower Duwamish River.
Boeing replaced its giant buildings and hangars with 170,000 native plants on a redesigned river bank. The stretch of river across from the South Park neighborhood is especially important to migrating salmon. It's where they get their first taste of salt water before heading out to sea.
The project converted the area from a rapidly flowing channel squeezed between steep man-made banks to a slower, meandering river with side channels where fish can rest and get used to the change.
The project is part of a $100,000,000 restoration budget that satisfies state and federal agencies overseeing the work. Some of that money is being spent to keep geese and other creatures from eating the newly planted grasses and trees. Managers say that problem will fade away as the plants get bigger and stronger.