Environmental Standards

The Port of Port Angeles is committed to achieving a standard of environmental excellence; meeting that standard is integral to the success of the Port's strategic plan. The environmental excellence standard is a critically important operating element of the Port's ongoing maintenance and new construction projects.

This principle of environmental excellence will become visible through well planned environmental restoration, remediation, mitigation, and habitat restoration projects. The Port will continue to aggressively pursue partnerships for environmental remediation projects as such projects have triple bottom line benefits to the regional economy, the community, and the Port.

Recent Environmental Monitoring Information


SEPA - The Washington State Environmental Policy Act

The Washington State Environmental Policy Act provides a way to identify possible environmental impacts that may result from governmental decisions. These decisions may be related to issuing permits for private projects, constructing public facilities, or adopting regulations, policies, or plans. Information provided during the SEPA review process helps agency decision makers, applicants, and the public understand how a proposal will affect the environment. This information can be used to change a proposal to reduce likely impacts.


June 19, 2018 - Terminal 3 Maintenance Dredging (Links to documents below).

Comments must be received by 5 p.m. on July 3, 2018. Comments should be addressed to:

Jesse Waknitz, Environmental Manager
Mailing address: 338 W 1st Street, Port Angeles, WA 98362


Best Management Practices (BMPs) are designed to help prevent air, water, and soil contamination that can result from maintenance and repair activities associated with boats / vessels. All boat / vessel owners and independent contractors performing work on boats/vessels in Port of Port Angeles facilities shall comply with these BMPs. Copies of this document are located at the Boatyard and Marine Terminal offices.

Topside Repair BMPs
Boat Yard BMPs


Development, redevelopment, and construction projects conducted by the port require a complex array of permits and approvals under federal, state and local laws.
Local municipality and county permits are required to cover local building codes and meet the requirements of the Shoreline Management Act. Federal and state permits are usually required when impacts to navigable waters or fish and wildlife habitat are anticipated. Development activities waterward of the "mean higher high water" (MHHW) for tidal waters are regulated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE or Corps), Washington State Department of Ecology (WSDOE), and the Washington Sate Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

In addition, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA Fisheries) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) must concur that any project requiring federal approvals (a USACE permit, for example) is consistent with the Endangered Species Act (ESA). These agencies will require that proposed projects avoid or reduce project impacts on certain fish and wildlife species through design and/or environmental controls or mitigate impacts through restoration activities.