Be on the lookout for staff from the Port of Tacoma at various Pierce County public events this summer. Stop by our booth to learn more about the Port’s environmental projects, maritime trade, and how we work to advance economic prosperity in our region – and to claim your very own Port ducky!
Upper Clear Creek, a Port of Tacoma habitat site, is a wetland filled with birds.  But you can’t always see them.  Scott Markowitz of Puget Sound Bird Observatory calls them “secretive birds.”  “You may be lucky enough to see a Virginia Rail,” Markowitz said. “But what you're not getting are the six other Virginia Rails in the immediate area.” 
Port of Tacoma Commissioners on May 21 approved a ground lease with Tacoma Public Schools for the Maritime|253 skills center at the Port Maritime Center and an annual compensation package for the Port Executive Director.

Commissioners also approved $169,200 in investments from the Port’s Local Economic Development Investment Fund, and a proclamation honoring Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month.
A new report released by the Puget Sound Maritime Air Forum highlights a continued decrease in maritime-related air pollutant emissions across the Puget Sound region, through 2021. The Puget Sound Emissions Inventory (PSEI) report, compiled through a collaborative effort involving seven ports, six government agencies, and three industrial partners, reveals reductions in emissions across various maritime sectors when compared to data from 2016 and 2005.

Key findings from the PSEI reveal an 82 percent reduction in diesel particulate matter and a 10% decrease in greenhouse gas emissions from port and maritime sources throughout the greater Puget Sound area from 2005. These positive trends reflect the collective commitment to environmental stewardship demonstrated by Puget Sound ports, government entities, and the maritime industry at large.
May 18 marks International Day for Women in Maritime, an occasion with significant meaning for Port of Tacoma Commissioners Kristin Ang and Deanna Keller.

Both say it’s important to encourage more women to join the maritime industry.

“Go for it. We need more women. These are great jobs, these are great opportunities,” said Commission President Ang. “Environmental justice, economic development, commercial, engineering, you want to build a crane, you want to build our terminals, it’s all right here, and we’re also part of the clean energy transition.”
Port of Tacoma Commissioners on April 26 authorized a master policy directive, a remediation project at the Earley Business Center, and some international travel for commissioners. They also heard a first reading of a ground lease with Tacoma Public Schools for the Maritime|253 skills center at the Port Maritime Center.
The work was tough, but the rewards were dramatic.

As crews from EarthCorps and Northwest Youth Corps pulled common ivy from the Place of Circling Waters, a Port of Tacoma habitat site, they could see almost immediately how it made a difference.

“It looks really good when it’s gone. It’s like rolling up a carpet, so it’s very satisfying,” said Aaron Gaul, a crew lead with EarthCorps.

When crew members arrived, the invasive vine choked the ravine.
At the Harbor History Museum, the transformation is nearly complete.

The enclosed Maritime Gallery along the water in Gig Harbor is built, allowing curators to start preparing the exhibit space.

The gallery is off the back of the museum and was previously a covered outdoor area, where the rain could still blow in. Now there are walls with big windows looking onto the harbor.

“I don't have to squeegee a half inch lake of rainwater up every morning,” said shipwright Riley Hall.

The centerpiece of the gallery is the Shenandoah, a fishing vessel built locally in 1925 and donated to the museum in 2000.
Port of Tacoma Commissioners on March 19 unanimously approved advancing the Port Maritime Center project to 60 percent design and amending a second interlocal agreement with Tacoma Public Schools. They also approved a technical correction to a master benefits and salary resolution and a proclamation recognizing Women’s History Month.
The Port of Tacoma Commission on March 19 approved funding to bring the Port Maritime Center project to 60% design.

The Port Maritime Center campus will feature a new Port of Tacoma office building along with the Maritime|253 skills center, which will be built and operated by Tacoma Public Schools.

The Port also released images of the conceptual design, which is planned on Port-owned property along the Foss Waterway across from Downtown Tacoma.
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