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Port of Vancouver USA WPPA Annual Environmental Conference September 24, 2015


WEST VANCOUVER FREIGHT ACCESS PROJECT


TRENCH CONSTRUCTION


COMPLETED TRENCH


TRENCH MITIGATION PLANS


PORT MANAGEMENT AGREEMENT (PMA) • Ports given legal authority to manage aquatic lands owned by the state • Ports take on responsibility as the land manager • Goals – – – –

Encourage public use; Foster water dependent uses Ensure environmental protection Utilize renewable resources

• Additions to the PMA have always been a simple notification that the upland area has been acquired


TIMELINE • 2010: Port planned to acquire ROW from Lafarge North America for trench area of WVFA project, we notified DNR of plan to amend PMA • 2011: DNR had an organizational change which altered the process • 2012: Port acquired upland ROW for trench and submitted application to DNR • 2013:Energy project lease is approved • 2014: DNR would not move forward with amending of PMA and required resubmission


TIMELINE CONTINUED • Sept. 2014: Port notifies DNR of intent to place mitigation at trench area • Sept. 2014: DNR responds that port cannot since it was still their property and not part of the PMA • Oct. 2014: DNR communicates that they oppose energy project • Nov. 2014: Opinion piece in Seattle Times runs


RESULTS • Project was moved to Terminal 4 • Mitigation project was delayed a year • The latest application to amend the PMA is still with DNR • Amending the PMA still needs to occur, but is no longer a priority


DISCUSSION TOPICS • • • • •

DNR has become increasingly challenging to work with The mitigation project was for habitat improvement Increased cost and risk to projects How to work with DNR going forward How does the new political climate effect regulatory agency processes?


PORT OF POSSIBILITY Matt Harding Environmental Project Manager

mharding@portvanusa.com 360-693-3611

WPPA 2015 Env Seminar - Port of Vancouver, Harding  
WPPA 2015 Env Seminar - Port of Vancouver, Harding  
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