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Help us celebrate a big one! Port of Kalama turns 100 years old next year

The Port of Kalama will celebrate its Centennial Birthday in 2020 and we’d like you to be a part of the story!

In the Spring of 2020, we will all celebrate the Port of Kalama’s rich history and unique place in the Kalama community as well as in the Pacific Northwest—we invite you to be a part of that story!

Did you grow up here? Did you work here? Or do you know people who work—or worked—at the Port or in Port industries? Do you have old photos, images, memories, news stories and clippings, or know of stories that helped shape the Port’s past, current events and even possibly its future? We’d love to hear from you!

We invite you to log on to this link to upload images that you think may help us tell the story of the Port of Kalama and celebrate our extraordinary place here on the Columbia River.

The Port of Kalama is born.

On March 17, 1920, the people of Kalama voted to establish the Kalama Port District with Hite Imus, J. G. Gruver, and F. L. Jenkins as the Port’s first commissioners. On April 21, 1920, the three commissioners met for the first time in the law office of J.E. Stone. In order to secure the funding they needed for port improvements, the commissioners proposed that the Port sell bonds.

In a special election on December 14, 1920, Kalama overwhelmingly approved the sale of bonds, 225 votes to six votes against. Using money borrowed through the sale of bonds at 6 percent per annum, the commissioners purchased six city blocks on the waterfront on the northern edge of town for $27,000. They then used an additional $55,000, to construct a dock at the foot of Kingwood Street, which had already become to some extent industrial area. The Port of Kalama is born!

The Port of Kalama enjoys a rich history that weaves through time along waterways, railways and roadways to drive home why transportation continues to be the community’s mainstay today. Long before the Port became a Special Purpose District in the State of Washington, the Columbia River attracted a steady stream of settlers like namesake Hawaiian John Kalama who arrived in Kalama in 1837 to act as a middleman between local Cowlitz Tribe and the Hudson Bay Company. In 1870, the Irish and Chinese arrived to work on the railroad. The Scandinavians with interests in fishing and logging settled in Kalama as well.

Progress continued; and today highway, rail and water meet in Kalama at some of the most efficient transportation networks in the country. Kalama’s particular landscape gave birth to a booming transportation system impacting the area both culturally and economically—ultimately transforming the area into its position today as an internationally-connected community. Much of what made Kalama replete and thriving in the past, still holds true today. Kalama remains an ideal place to do business just 30 minutes from international air travel in Portland, Oregon.

For a more on the history of the Port of Kalama, visit History of the Port of Kalama.

 

 

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Discover! Does the Port levy taxes?

No taxes! Decades of strategic planning by past port commissioners continues to ensure the required revenue to maintain port facilities, parks and services for all residents with no taxes added. Every year the Port of Kalama commission is required

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Methanol Manufacturing Facility FSEIS Released

The Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (FSEIS) for the proposed construction and operation of the Kalama Manufacturing and Marine Export Facility was released today by the co-lead agencies, Port of Kalama and Cowlitz County.

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Port of Kalama annual maintenance dredging project starts up in September

The Port of Kalama begins its annual maintenance dredging at the TEMCO grain elevator berth on September 1st and is expected to run through September 30, 2019. The Port board of commissioners awarded the ongoing 2019 maintenance dredging contract to Ross Island Sand and Gravel for $687,225.00, including tax. The project will remove a projected 55,000 cubic yards of material to depths between 43 to 47 feet.

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Discover! Port of Kalama named third largest bulk exporter on the West Coast, 16th largest in the nation

According to the US Census Bureau and USA Trade Online, the Port of Kalama  is  the third largest bulk exporter on the West Coast right after Los Angeles and Long Beach, California. Handling well over 13 million tons  of bulk commodities, the Port of Kalama weighs in as one of the nation’s largest tonnage export facilities shipping more bulk cargo than even its neighbors Portland, Longview and Seattle.

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Discover! Summer is still in full-swing at the Port of Kalama!

The way we see it, summer is still in full-swing until we welcome Fall on September 21st and so are seasonal events hosted at the Port of Kalama! It is all part of the Port of Kalama mission to create recreational opportunities for the community—and there are still summer events perfect for entertaining the whole family.

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Discover! Ever wonder how Washington wheat feeds the world?

As an internationally-renowned marine terminal and home to some of the most efficient grain export facilities on the west coast, the Port of Kalama plays a key role in how Washington wheat feeds the world!

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Discover! Did you know that the Port of Kalama is part of the Pacific Northwest Waterways Association?

 The Port of Kalama works with the other Lower Columbia River Ports as a member of the Pacific Northwest Waterways Association (PNWA)—a non-profit trade association that helps ensure our waterways are efficient, reliable, and environmentally sustainable.

PNWA members include ports, businesses, public agencies and individuals who combine their economic and political strength in support of navigation, energy, trade and economic development throughout the Pacific Northwest.

To put the Port of Kalama’s place in the Pacific Northwest in perspective, the Columbia Snake River System is the nation’s number one wheat export gateway and number two soybean export gateway which is fed by a 365-mile, 14-foot draft inland barge system which stretches from Portland, OR to Lewiston, ID. The river system exported over 50 million tons of cargo in 2016. It is also the west coast’s number one wood and mineral bulks export gateway and a rising importer/exporter of vehicles. In all, over $21 billion worth of cargo moves on the Columbia Snake River System each year.

As a part of the Columbia Snake River System, the Port of Kalama is a strong advocate of the PNWA and their work to support the region on critical economic, environmental and transportation programs and issues.

The PNWA mission: PNWA strengthens the regional economy by increasing economic and environmental sustainability, while providing a cooperative, regional approach to addressing public policy. The organization monitors and advocates on issues impacting:

Environment

PNWA members work to protect the environment while preserving the economic value of the region’s water resources.

Energy & Salmon

PNWA works to maximize hydropower production and navigation systems on the Columbia and Snake rivers, while balancing the needs of salmon and working in support of ecosystem restoration and development.

Building Relationships

PNWA works with federal agencies, the Northwest Congressional delegation and stakeholders from around the region to build consensus and develop collaborative solutions for some of the most challenging Northwest issues.

Just some of the reasons the Port of Kalama is a committed member and participant in the PNWA:

  • PNWA was founded as the Inland Empire Waterways Association (IEWA) to provide water to grow food for a hungry nation, electrify the rural Northwest and provide a low-cost navigation channel to world markets
  • PNWA chaired the Management Committee completing the Lower Columbia River Estuary Program water quality management plan
  • PNWA works to protect the environment while preserving the economic value of resources affected by regional development

 

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Wishing you a safe and happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day!

Here is some information about Port facilities and some tips for Holiday safety at the Port:

  • The Port office will be closed. Calls to the office will be routed to voice mail.
  • If you observe fire or other emergency CALL 911!
  • Louis Rasmussen and Marine Parks (near McMenamins)
  • Fireworks are not allowed within the parks on the grass or landscaping.
  • Please contain fireworks on the beach in the sand.
  • Haydu Park will be open during the day, but it will be closed in the evening. Fireworks are not allowed at Haydu Park.
  • North Port: NO FIREWORKS at the North Port.
  • Tradewinds Road will be blocked to vehicle traffic where the gravel begins. You may still walk to the river in this area.

 

Please encourage safety and courtesy to others and use the extra dumpsters we have provided for trash.

The Sheriff, Kalama Police, and Port security will be patrolling the area.

Please call our office through 5pm on July 3 with questions! 360 673-2325

Have a happy holiday celebration!

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Discover! Did you know the Port of Kalama is part of a hundred year old network of Washington Ports?

As settlers migrated across the country, they often chose locations near water. Washington State was no different – with many deep harbors and navigable rivers, towns sprung up throughout the state, dependent on access to water for movement of goods and people.

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