A local real estate development and investment company is doing its part to be stewards of the environment.
Sabey Corp., located on Tukwila International Boulevard, is working to restore Riverton Creek and enhance the fish habitat.
Last month, employees released 60,000 salmon fry into Riverton Creek. The young fish will spend the next months maturing before they migrate back to the ocean.
“Salmon play a significant role in Pacific Northwest culture and is a part of what makes this region so special,” said Dave Sabey, chairman and president of the company. “So, when we had an opportunity to work with the city of Tukwila to help restore Riverton Creek and bring salmon back to our own backyard, we knew that it was the right thing to do.”
Since 1999, employees have managed a small salmon hatchery at the company’s Tukwila campus, according to a press release.
They have also volunteered their time to plant trees to keep water temperature cool and at optimum levels for salmon eggs and fry, filtering out sediment from nearby roads to ensure the eggs are not buried under layers of silt and runoff from roads and remove culverts.
Projects like these are fulfilling for engineer Mike Anderson.
“I’m a building engineer. I work on buildings all day long. So, coming in and working on a project like this is really fun. It’s one of the best working things I’ve ever done,” Anderson said.
“We are fortunate to live in a region with so much natural beauty,” said Sabey. “But little did we know that Sabey Corp’s efforts to restore Riverton Creek, which included removing culverts and allowing the creek to follow its natural path, would yield so much enjoyment and personal satisfaction from employees.”
The company also invested more than $1 million to restore and maintain the waterway, which feeds into the Duwamish River, according to release.
“What it really does is it provides hope,” said Sabey. “We’ve spent millions of dollars redeveloping this stream. It was in pipes and when we came here 25 years ago, it was a mess. There was nothing in this stream. Now we can expect salmon to return to the creek later in spring.”