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2016 Environmental Improvement Award Winners

Comprehensive Environmental Management

Port of Tacoma – “Stormwater Management Guidance Manual” (Click here for full report)

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.  


Maryland Port Administration – “Baltimore Inner Harbor Water Wheel” (Click here for full report)

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.   

Environmental Enhancement

Port of Long Beach – “Beneficial Reuse of Dredged Sediments in the Middle Harbor Slip 1 Fill” (Click here for full report)

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.