Public Affairs Manager
Port of Everett Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day
Wednesday, April 1:
It may be April Fool’s Day, but public health and safety is no joke! The Port of Everett’s Annual Marina Cleanup Day has been POSTPONED until it’s safe to once again gather together with our community. Instead, we have opted to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day with you by sharing posts throughout the month of April demonstrating the many ways the Port pitches in to restore, protect, and enhance our environment every day. Follow along with us!
Thursday, April 2:
Environmental stewardship is an integral part of the Port of Everett’s strategic goals and is an underlying focus of what the Port does and how it operates. A strong emphasis is placed on remediating, protecting and enhancing the environment while carrying out our mission of growing the local economy. The Port takes a multi-faceted approach to improving, protecting and reducing its environmental impacts.
Friday, April 3:
DID YOU KNOW? Since the early-2000s, the Port of Everett has invested more than $33 million to cleanup historic contamination at the waterfront. The Port’s efforts, guided by the State’s Puget Sound Initiative and regulated by our partners at the State Department of Ecology, represents 212 acres of waterfront now clean or under cleanup action. The Port is restoring these former mill sites into sustainable, 21st Century job producing hubs to support trade and industry at the working waterfront, and residential, hospitality and recreation at the destination waterfront.
Saturday, April 4:
Adding to its portfolio of water quality programs at the Marina, the Port of Everett has launched a @SeabinProject pilot program to test out new, innovative industry technology. One of the first of its kind to be installed in Washington state, the Port’s new Seabin located at Guest Dock 5 supports collection of microplastics and debris from our waters. It looks and acts as a floating garbage that moves up and down with the tide to collect and filter out floating debris 24/7. Its submersible water pump sucks water in from the surface, passes it through a catch bag inside of the device and pumps filtered water back into the Marina, leaving any floating litter, oil sheen and ocean plastics as small as two millimeters inside of the catch bag for proper disposal. The program has proved successful to date and has created a new educational opportunity with students at Everett Community College’s Ocean Research College Academy who have partnered with us to collect, catalog, sample and study collected materials. Learn more @ http://www.portofeverett.com/home/showdocument?id=14347
Sunday, April 5:
The Port of Everett cares about its carbon footprint. We actively work with other Puget Sound ports to ensure we continue to collectively meet federal air quality standards and implement emission reduction measures. A recent report compiled by the Puget Sound Maritime Air Forum shows maritime-related air pollutant emissions decreased in nearly every sector between 2005 and 2016. Results showed that air pollutant emissions decreased by up to 97%, depending on the type, including 69% for fine particles, which are harmful to human health. Learn more @ http://www.portofeverett.com/Home/Components/News/News/3564/263
Monday, April 6:
Environmental remediation has proved to be an economic success supporting key industries and jobs at the Port of Everett Riverside Business Park. The Port purchased the 85-acre property from The Weyerhaeuser Company in 1998, who operated its Mill B on the site from 1915 through the 1980’s. As part of the Port’s mission to create economic opportunities and jobs, the Port envisioned the creation of an industrial park on the site that would do just that. Over the years, the Port continued to make improvements to the site, including a major cleanup removing legacy contamination, bringing in thousands of cubic yards of clean fill to raise the site out of floodplain levels and constructing infrastructure to support future site development including roadways, utilities, viewpoints and trails and adding native riparian landscape plantings. Today, the site supports 800 jobs and serve a variety of light-industrial users, representing regional essential service functions from aerospace supply chain to trucking and distribution.
Tuesday, April 7:
A robust recycling program is incorporated into the daily operations at the Port with everything from recycled supplies to recycling stations at all facilities. The Port has more than 20 standard recycling stations that collect a variety of materials including aluminum, glass, paper and cardboard. Materials collected at each site vary depending on the needs associated with each location. The Port also makes a conscious effort to recycle all used tires and use recycled materials for its construction projects when feasible.
Wednesday, April 8:
Ever wonder what’s going on with the vacant Bay Wood property north of the former Nord Door on West Marine View Drive? Beginning this fall, the Port of Everett, in partnership with @EcologyWA, plans to kick off a shoreline cleanup and restoration at the site. The Department of Ecology is funding 90% of the $1.5 million project that sets out to restore 1,600 lineal feet of shoreline to create new, protected habitat for salmon and other native wildlife and, with the support of the future site developer, bring public access to the site for the first time with a short trail leading to a look out to enjoy views of the new shoreline and Port Gardner Bay. The project also provides for a shoreline buffer reduction with 2,600 lineal feet of buffer enhancements. In turn, this allows the site to be developed to support a light industrial use that will create 300 direct jobs, 1,000 indirect jobs and generate $330,000 a year in state and local taxes.