Environmental Projects from 2010 to 2019
Environmental stewardship and sustainability have become a focus of the Port of Port Angeles over the last decade. Per the Port's current strategic plan, our mission is to “bring people, resources and industry together to foster economic prosperity and living wage jobs”. One way the Port executes the mission is by redeveloping contaminated industrial property and providing facilities and infrastructure for local businesses. These actions protect and improve environmental conditions in our community by providing facilities that meet or exceed environmental standards. Over the last 10 years, the Port has spent approximately $18.5 million in the projects improving our environmental performance. Check out our progress below!
Climate Change Preparedness Plan
In 2014 and 2015, the Port participated in the development of a Climate Change Preparedness Plan for the North Olympic Peninsula. This planning process was headed by the North Olympic Development Council. With funding provided by the Washington State Departments of Ecology and Commerce. The development of the plan was a collaborative effort of more than 175 people representing many different government agencies, tribes, and local business. Climate change poses a variety of threats to the North Olympic Peninsula , including the potential to increase air temperatures, change precipitation patterns, reduce snowpack, and alter the biochemical cycle of the forests and oceans. This project aims to reduce the risks due to climate change through the detailed assessment of climate related vulnerabilities and the creation of a Climate Preparedness Plan. The Plan (Link to Plan) details:
- A compilation of detailed local observations and projections of climate change using best available science
- A prioritization of highly sensitive or vulnerable resources and locations
- A prioritized set of adaptation strategies and actions based on both the science and the knowledge of local stakeholders
From the participation in this project the Port realizes that adaptive strategies such as retrofitted shoreline armoring in some areas and soft defense strategies in other locations will be critical in dealing with sea level rise over the next 50 years.
Dungeness Piling Removal
In October 2018, the North Olympic Salmon Coalition (NOSC), utilizing state grant funding, removed 171 creosote treated timber piles from the former Dungeness Wharf. The removal of these creosote treated pilings reduces a source of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) to Dungeness Bay. PAHs can harm marine species. These pilings were on Port owned tidelands in Dungeness Bay. The original Wharf was constructed in 1890 and was used to ship the agricultural products of the Dungeness Valley to Seattle and other west coast markets. The Port purchased the property and the wharf in 1925 and it was operated into the 1940s. Since that time the structure slowly deteriorated until there was 171 pilings remaining. In 2013, the NOSC approached the Port regarding the removal of the remaining pilings connected to their Three Crabs Estuarine and Nearshore Restoration Project . In 2017, the Port Commission authorized NOSC to remove the pilings through an access agreement that required the NOSC to preserve or replace pilings for the Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society’s purple martin next boxes that have been on the pilings for years. The Port thanks the NOSC for taking on this project to protect water quality and preserve the nesting boxes for the purple martins.
In 2009 the Port, in partnership with the City of Port Angeles, installed two 1500KVA transformers at Marine Terminal 1 to provide shore power for ships at berth. When a ship is moored, its electricity can be supplied running its boilers, which burn diesel fuel, or by hooking up to shore side power and shutting down its boilers and generators. The latter is known as the vessel going “cold-iron” which has many advantages:
- The environment wins because there is a reduction in air emissions from ships moored at the Port dock. For 80 tanker days at the dock, this is a reduction of 2300 metric tons of greenhouse house, gas carbon dioxide.
- The shipping company benefits from reduced operational costs, reduced use of diesel fuel, and less wear and tear on the ship’s engines.
- Revenue to Port and City from the sale of power .
- The community benefits from cleaner air and increased ship business.
Boatyard Stormwater Treatment
In 2014 the Port installed a biofiltration and infiltration (rain garden) to treat stormwater generated at the Port Angeles Boat Yard. The Port Angeles Boatyard is a busy and compact “do-it-yourself” yard, were the public can pressure wash, repair and maintain their boats. These activities result in pollutants such as lead, copper and zinc entering the yards stormwater discharge. To reduce pollution in boat yard stormwater Port staff designed, permitted and constructed a rain garden to filter and infiltrate boatyard stormwater. This system treats approximately 800,000 gallons of stormwater a year.
Composites Recycling Technology Center (CRTC)
In 2015 the Port constructed the CRTC with federal, state and local funding. The CRTC develops and demonstrates new product manufacturing by using recycled waste carbon fiber pre-preg. Pre-preg is a carbon fiber with pre-applied (impregnated) epoxy resin. The CRTC is a non-profit whose purpose is to spur growth of environmentally-positive, high-tech composites manufacturing in Clallam County. The Washington State Department of Ecology estimates that two million pounds of carbon fiber composites scrap are generated annually in this state. The CRTC anticipates diverting as much as 1.4 million pounds/year of this high value carbon fiber material by Year 5. In addition to recycling carbon fiber, the facility utilizes a HVAC system with variable flow refrigerants and solar photovoltaic panels to improve energy efficiency.
In 2016 the Port completed the environmental cleanup of the former KPLY Mill Site. The site has a long and rich history of plywood mills and jobs for the people of Clallam County. However during the plywood mill years, the operations of those mills and adjacent bulk fuel plants, contaminated the groundwater and the soil with petroleum hydrocarbons. This cleanup project begin with the demolition of the mill structures in 2012 and was completed by excavating 50,000 tons of contaminated soil in 2016, at a cost of $11.8 million. The Port was reimbursed for this project through Washington State Department of Ecology Grant Funding and contributions from Port insurance and Potentially Liable Persons (PLPs). In 2018 the Port begin to redevelop the site as a Marine Trades Industrial Park.
Fluorescent to LED
In 2016 the Port begin switching fluorescent light to LED bulbs throughout the Port facilities. LED bulbs use 20% less energy and last 13 times longer than fluorescent bulbs. The City of Port Angeles energy efficiency rebate program, has assisted with this ongoing retrofit.
In the summer of 2018 the Port Angeles Boat Haven and John Wayne Marina were certified under the Clean Marina program. Which is an incentive-based certification program in which marinas assess their operations and implement improvements to better protect the environment. Clean Marina Washington provides marina best management practices (BMPs) that are practical and affordable actions that can reduce pollution at the source. By effectively implementing BMPs, marinas and marina tenants may be able to avoid more expensive and restrictive measures being placed on the boating public by regulatory agencies. Under this program the Port will implement additional programs such as marina recycling and tenant education on invasive marine species.
Stormwater Treatment at Marine Terminal & Log Yard
In 2018 the Port installed two separate stormwater treatment systems at the Port Marine Terminal and the Port Log Yard. Port Angeles was built on timber and the Port still exports millions of board feet of logs around the world. Due mostly to debarking activities that ensure pests are not transported across oceans, stormwater runoff from the Port’s log yard and export terminal carried very high pollutant loads that are exceptionally difficult to control. To improve water quality and comply with the most stringent stormwater regulations in the nation the Port installed new conveyance, asphalt paving and advanced treatment at both the Port Marine Terminal 3 and Log Yard. At the marine terminal a combination of asphalt paving and a large biofiltration system (rain garden) was installed to filter pollution from stormwater generated by truck traffic and log loading. At the Log Yard options were limited because of proximity to cultural resources so a chemically enhances sand filtration system was installed. This system removes pollutants (sediment & wood debris) by mixing a coagulant in the stormwater and then filtering out sediment utilizing a system of sand filters. Both of these systems protect water and sediment quality in Port Angeles Harbor.