A key component to the Port of Tacoma Strategic Plan is to advance Environmental Stewardship by helping its customers solve challenging environmental problems. The Port of Tacoma Manual was developed as a tool to help its customers and stakeholders navigate the stormwater requirements associated with development actions. The objective of implementing such a Manual is to provide guidance during development and redevelopment actions (specific to port industrial operations where no other guidance specific to the industry exists) save time and money by creating a process matrix for decision-making and protect water quality by applying the appropriate amount of stormwater treatment for all new facilities.
Trash in waterways around the world is a major environmental issue, and is especially troublesome in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. The Maryland Port Administration (MPA) saw an opportunity to co-sponsor a project that would provide a significant water quality improvement. As part of an offset from the construction of the dredged material placement site at Masonville, the MPA contributed substantial funding for construction and installation of a unique Water Wheel that collects debris at the mouth of the Jones Falls and prevents trash from entering the Inner Harbor.
As part of the Port of Long Beach’s Middle Harbor Terminal Redevelopment Project, Slip 1 was filled in to create new land for terminal development. Additional fill material, in excess of project dredge material, was needed to complete the Slip 1 fill. In keeping with the Port’s Green Port Policy, the Port made a voluntary decision to open up the Slip 1 fill site for acceptance of outside third party material from around the Southern California region. Through the early establishment of a comprehensive and transparent selection process, the interested parties were identified and individual projects evaluated based on established criteria for placement in the fill site.