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Monthly Archives: August 2017

Port of Kalama Drops Appeal to Shorelines Conditional Use Permit

The Port of Kalama today filed a motion with the state Shorelines Hearings Board to dismiss its appeal to a condition placed on the Shorelines Conditional Use Permit for the Kalama Manufacturing & Marine Export Facility (KMMEF) by the Washington State Department of Ecology (DOE).

The port appealed a provision in the shorelines conditional use permit which imposes greenhouse gas emissions regulations on a marine terminal that is being jointly proposed by the port and Northwest Innovation Works (NWIW) as part of the overall facility.

The state Department of Ecology has since filed documents which clarify that the condition in question does not apply to the port or to the port’s activities in the shoreline related to the marine terminal operation and that the port does not have a requirement to comply with it, according to Mark Wilson, Port of Kalama Executive Director.

The Port of Kalama does not oppose regulation of greenhouse gas emissions. The Department of Ecology’s clarification of their position has addressed the concerns that triggered the Port’s appeal.

The primary shoreline impact of the overall facility is the marine terminal which will be built, owned and operated by the Port of Kalama.  Northwest Innovation Works (NWIW) will be the primary user of the facility, but it will also be available for lay berth use by other ships. The Port will charge fees for the use of the terminal by NWIW and other users.

The marine terminal will include a dock, berth, loading equipment, utilities and a stormwater system.  Ships calling at the terminal for methanol will connect to shore power which reduces emissions to the air from ship engines.

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Kalama is THE place to be this weekend!

Get ready to shop! The much-anticipated annual All City Garage Sale takes place this weekend, August 18, 19 and 20! Hosted by the Kalama Chamber of Commerce, Kalama residents host sales at their homes as well as in booths downtown. The treasures are plentiful and maps and lists of sale items will be posted on downtown signs. And printed maps and lists are available to pick up NOW at the four-way way stop downtown. Come on by!

Another unique event to Kalama, the Untouchables Car Show, also takes place this weekend on Sunday, August 20 with more cool car entries than ever. The event has become a popular destination bringing guests from all over the region to see more than 300 classic cars on 1st Street in downtown Kalama.

Guests are invited to wander the event, grab a bite to eat, participate in raffles and games and enjoy local music. Fun. Fun. FUN!

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Summer events are in full swing at the Port of Kalama!

At the Port of Kalama we value both business and civic collaboration. In an effort to support our community, local events and organizations, we eagerly help promote what’s happening here! We hope you’ll mark your calendars for some of these upcoming festivities.

Next week is the last week for the popular Tinkergarten at Port of Kalama’s Haydu Park. The program continues their nature-based meet up groups for children ages 1.5 – 5 years and their parents at the park on Tuesdays and Wednesdays between 10:00 am and 11:00 am through August 16th.  The group meetsnear the tree line and there is no cost to participate.  Register on their web site https://tinkergarten.com/

US Coast Guard Auxiliary vessel safety inspections for marina patrons will be held on Saturday, August 19th between 9:00 am – 5:00 pm in the marina.  Patrons can sign up and receive an informational brochure at the front desk of the Port administration building or by calling 360-673-2325.  More info here:  http://cgaux.org/vsc/

Southwest WA Anglers Fall Salmon Derby returns again this year on Saturday, August 26th between 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.  Weigh-in stations will be at Marine Park at the Port of Kalama with other locations in Woodland and Astoria.  Over $10,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded.  Registration and more information can be found on their web site:  http://www.swwa.org/

Click below for a calendar of events and activities at the Port of Kalama!

Haydu Park – http://portofkalama.com/recreation/haydu-park-calendar/

Marine/Rasmussen Parks – http://portofkalama.com/recreation/marine-and-louis-rasmussen-park-calendar/

Come join us!

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Emergency dredging at Port of Kalama will commence Monday, August 7 to ensure safety and smooth sailing for all

The impact of Mother Nature and Old Man Winter has taken its toll in the Columbia River at the Port creating unusually large volume of sediment flowing in the river

With the 100+ degree days we’re experiencing it’s hard to remember that grueling wet winter we endured. But the impact of the winter’s heavy precipitation and higher than usual river flows have reached the Port of Kalama marine terminals and shoreline. The high raging rivers of spring have produced a much larger volume of sediment flowing along the bed of the Columbia River here which has caused increasing challenges for river traffic and commerce.

Usual routine dredging would commence in the fall, but due to recent navigation challenges to vessels at the Port, immediate action is required. Dredging at the TEMCO grain elevator will begin on August 7th. The majority of dredge material will be placed in-water along the beaches at Ahles Point and the southern half of Rasmussen Park, however some material may be placed on the beach. Port of Kalama day use parks will remain open for recreation. Should beach placement occur, work areas of the beach will be temporarily closed and signage will be placed to alert visitors.

The Port is sorry for any inconvenience this causes recreational visitors but ensuring public safety and a navigable river is of utmost importance at this time. The dredging is expected to take place into early September.  Maps of other recreational sites and beach access areas are available at the Port administration offices.

For additional information, please call us at 360.673.2325 or visit www.PortofKalama.com.

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