As part of long-range planning to enhance and update the marina, Port of Kalama commissioners award general contracting
The Port of Kalama board of commissioners last week voted to award the contract for the Kalama Marina Renovation project to Massana Construction Inc., a heavy, civil and highway contractor with offices in Tyrone, Georgia, Gig Harbor, Washington, Dallas, Texas, and Columbus, Ohio. The $4,266,674 marina contract—not including Washington sales tax— includes construction and management of all marina upgrades and improvements and is expected to run between December and early summer 2017.
The contract work includes all labor, material, tools, equipment, permitting and supervision for the installation of all components of the long-planned Kalama Marina Renovation project including new features like:
- Aluminum frame floats on the main walkway, the visitors dock and at the boat launch
- Steel pipe piles
- Gangway ramps
- Security fence, gate structures and controls
- Fire suppression systems
- Electrical services and lighting
- Fuel dock float and fuel dispenser, pay station and management system for fully-functional dock fueling system
“We’ve worked closely with engineers to redesign and update the boat launch to create a state-of-the-art facility for the community and visitors—the new floats will be stronger with better flotation and the new design will allow boats tie up on both sides of the down-river float for more staging room,” says Darin Sampson, Port Maintenance Superintendent. “It’s a complex project but we will provide consistent communications to the public on updates, closures and access during construction. We urge visitors to watch for signage and call us with any questions.”
As lead agencies of the State Environmental Policy Act, the Port and Cowlitz County have followed all greenhouse gas guidelines to the letter of the law
The Port of Kalama today filed an appeal of the Shoreline Hearings Board Order on Motions for Partial Summary Judgment regarding the proposed Kalama Manufacturing & Marine Export Facility (KMMEF). The Port filed the appeal because, as a State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) Lead along with Cowlitz County, the agency believes it followed all greenhouse gas (GHG) guidance and directives of the state.
“We believe the project Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) fully disclosed potential GHG emissions from the project and properly concluded that those project emissions do not cause a significant adverse impact on the environment,” says Mark Wilson, executive director, Port of Kalama.
“It appears the Board wants a Greenhouse Gas Emission impact evaluation that goes far beyond the project’s impacts. They apparently want a study of both upstream and downstream emissions loosely or seemingly unrelated to the project—from where natural gas is sourced to where and how the methanol is used. We see no basis for this in state law and this interpretation of existing law is unprecedented. It raises serious questions regarding how such requirements would apply in the future not only to port projects, but also to vital public projects including highway and bridge construction,” Wilson said.
Although the Port has filed this appeal, the Port and Northwest Innovation Works – Kalama will proceed simultaneously with additional environmental review of the Greenhouse Gas Impact issue. Both applicants intend to ask the SEPA Lead Officials to prepare a supplemental EIS to further evaluate the Greenhouse Gas issue.
“We expect the review process to proceed over the course of the next several months, while this appeal is proceeding through the Courts,” says Wilson. “Because, under the law, any appeal of the Board’s decision must be filed within 30 days, the Port could not wait until completion of additional environmental review before filing this challenge to the Board’s order.”
“This proposed Kalama Manufacturing and Marine Export Facility aligns squarely with the Port’s long-term planning for the property and our mission,” said Wilson. “Our mission? It’s about a healthy community, jobs for our citizens and a vibrant economy for the entire region. The value of the jobs, community welfare and morale, and economic assets this facility will create here-all while following stringent environment guidelines-just cannot be overstated.”
Port of Kalama leases 30,000 square feet to first tenant in new industrial building
RE: Shorelines Hearing Board Decision Related To The Kalama Methanol Manufacturing and Export Facility Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)
“Permitting is a collaborative effort with the agencies that regulate projects. A project of this size requires diligent effort and coordination. In the case of greenhouse gases (GHG), there is no specific law or rule to determine what constitutes adequate environmental review of GHG impacts. The EIS, which was produced jointly by the Port of Kalama and Cowlitz County, is an excellent work product. The study required thousands of hours of work by expert consultants from many fields and closely adhered to state Department of Ecology guidance and input.
So while we are obviously disappointed in the Shoreline Hearings Board decision, we remain committed to our mission balancing environmental stewardship with the economy and jobs, and with our quality of life. The Port of Kalama remains committed to staying the course in support of the proposed Kalama Methanol Manufacturing and Export Facility project. It is a very important project for our community.”
Short-term construction projects at Marine Park, Ahles Point, Hendrickson Drive will create new parking spaces, enhance pedestrian safety, improve beaches and more
The Port of Kalama next week commences short-term construction and renovation projects to enhance the guest experience at riverfront recreational areas. The projects, which will impact areas around Ahles Point, Louis Rasmussen and Marine Parks, and Hendrickson Drive starting September 16th, focus on beach ‘nourishment’ and renovation, sewer main project, and road and parking improvements including 117 new parking spaces.
All parks will remain open but visitors should expect intermittent lane and facility closures to accommodate work.
Beach Nourishment Project
As part of routine maintenance dredging, new sand will be placed on the beaches near Ahles Point. The fishing beach at the south end of Rasmussen Park to Ahles Point will be closed beginning Saturday, September 16th for about two weeks while the sand is placed and spread over the beach. The last beach nourishment project was conducted in the mid-1980s.
Hendrickson Drive Project
To improve roadways and parking facilities, new asphalt will be placed on Hendrickson Drive under the Oak Street overpass at Exit 30 as well as from the north end of the marina to the south end of Ahles Point, and rock berms will be removed between Marine Park and the railroad.
Storm water rain gardens and 117 new parking spaces are included in this facility improvement project.
Parks will remain open but visitors should expect intermittent lane and crosswalk closures. The Port encourages park guests to call 360-673-2325 to schedule events.
Force Main Sewer Project
Extension of the sanitary sewer line will take place from Ahles Point to the restrooms at Louis Rasmussen Park. Intermittent closure of Rasmussen Park restrooms may be necessary during the project.
“It’s that time of year we need to act on outdoor renovation and improvement projects for the facilities we enjoy here,” said Liz Newman, marketing manager, Port of Kalama. “All of these projects are part of the Port’s effort to maintain and improve Port recreational facilities for visitors, and we apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause. We urge the public to call the Port with any questions or concerns and please visit the Port of Kalama Facebook page for posted updates on the projects.”
For more information call 360-673-2325 or visit us at Facebook for updates and notices.
Contact: Liz Newman, Port of Kalama, 360-673-2325
Lower Columbia River Channel Maintenance Plan: Developing a plan for the long-term maintenance of the Federal Navigation Channel
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and five Lower Columbia River ports are embarking on a joint environmental impact statement (EIS) and a long-term maintenance plan for the Lower Columbia River Federal Navigation Channel. The plan will ensure the channel, extending upstream from the Mouth of Columbia River to Vancouver, Wash., is maintained and operational at its 43-foot depth for another 20 years.
The Corps of Engineers is the lead federal agency under the National Environmental Policy Act for preparing an EIS. The Ports of Longview, Kalama, Woodland and Vancouver (Washington Ports) and the Port of Portland in Oregon (collectively, the Sponsor Ports) are the non-federal sponsors of the plan. As the non-federal sponsors, the Washington Ports are also responsible for actions that require compliance with the State Environmental Policy Act.
The Corps and the sponsor ports, with input from stakeholders and the public, will determine the best management plan for placing dredged material and evaluate ways to reduce the need for dredging. The planning effort will consider the natural resources of the Lower Columbia River while keeping the region open for business.
Vessels drafting the full channel depth carried about 11 million tons of export shipments worth nearly $3 billion in 2015. A well-maintained channel allows larger ships to carry significantly more cargo, supports regional and local jobs, and provides major and direct economic benefits and maintains local and federal navigation investments.
A Notice of Intent (NEPA)/Determination of Significance (SEPA) was published in the Federal Register on September 8, 2017, and published in the area newspapers announcing the Corps’ and sponsor ports’ proposal to jointly prepare an EIS and opening the comment period which will assist in developing the scope of the EIS.
Scoping provides an early opportunity to collect information and receive input from interested public and stakeholders on issues to consider in development of the Draft EIS. Open house-style public scoping meetings are planned in Oregon and Washington where the Corps and Ports welcome discussion and written scoping input from the public, and local and state agencies and organizations. All meetings run from 4:00-7:00 p.m. and the public is welcome to stop by anytime.
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The Port of Kalama is considering the community benefits of creating a small public amphitheater on the Kalama waterfront to accommodate a growing number of events, concerts and public activities. With increased use of Port parks, the intent is to create a more enjoyable guest experience at events like the ones we’ve been enjoying here for decades such as the Blues and Hawaiian Festivals.
Envision a grassy open space with tiered seating for concerts and special events that already attract us to the Kalama waterfront. The area will be open to the public except during special events.
A significant benefit is that the stage and seating will be in a natural setting. The stage and power will be permanently installed for ease of planning events.
The attached photo shows where the amphitheater would be placed—it compares in size to the area of the sport courts in Rasmussen Park. There would no impact or change to the adjacent playgrounds and no impact on Louis Rasmussen park.
The Port’s planned parking improvements currently underway on the Port waterfront.
For more on recreational opportunities and facilities at the Port of Kalama visit https://portofkalama.com/recreation/.
These images will clarify the location of the proposed amphitheater which would not impact the beach.
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).