Dear Colleagues:

It’s time for WPPA’s Fall Environmental Seminar.  As you know, these events provide participants with a relaxed venue to learn about environmental issues and reconnect with friends in the port community.  In addition to presentations by experts, this year’s agenda is full of the peer-to-peer interactions that have time and again proven so valuable.

This year’s seminar will be held at the Heathman Lodge in Vancouver, Washington.  We begin the morning of Thursday, September 21 and will conclude by noon on Friday.

Thank you and we hope to see you in Vancouver!

Please scroll down to view the tentative agenda.

Environmental Seminar

Updated 8.10.17 – See Thursday evening info below (in red)

Thursday, September 21, 2017

8:30 am          Breakfast

9:00 am          Welcome

9:15 am          Emerging Environmental Issues:  NDZ, Millenium Bulk Terminals EIS, Wake Stranding and Northwest Innovation Works Shorelines Permit

Experience with frustrating environmental regulatory decisions goes with the territory.  A look at recent cases gives us a chance to discuss and evaluate problems and how ports might address these challenges in the future.

10:15 am        Break

10:30 am       Waterfront Re-Development:  Improving Communities, Sustainability and Economic Development

Moderated by Brian Gouran, Port of Bellingham.  Communities remain supportive of efforts to repurpose waterfront property away from legacy industrial uses.  Cases in Wenatchee, Vancouver and Bellingham allow us to consider three very different approaches to meeting community needs.

12:00 pm       Lunch

1:30 pm         Show Me Something Cool!  

Each represented port prepares a 5-minute PowerPoint to share innovation on any environmental related project.

2:45 pm          Break – Coffee and Snacks

3:00 pm          How Changing Federal Policies and Priorities May Affect Ports

Ben McMakin, Van Ness Feldman.  What happens in Washington DC ends up here.  The presentation will focus on the federal policy-making context and the most likely changes to environmental regulation that affect the work of ports.

5:30     Evening Cruise and Dinner on the Portland Spirit

6:00 pm – Depart Heathman Lodge via motor coach to Caruthers Landing in Portland, Oregon
6:30 – 7:00 pm – Arrive Caruthers Landing / Load onto Portland Spirit
2-1/2 hours cruise time (Dinner, and full service, NO-HOST bar)
9:30 pm – Depart Caruthers Landing to Heathman Lodge via motorcoach


Friday, September 22, 2017

8:30 am          Breakfast

9:00 am          Section 408 Permitting Issues (USACOE Seattle District and Portland District approaches)

Permits subject to Section 408 are experiencing increasing lead time to receive approval from the Corps of Engineers.  The presentation explains the process, what to expect and the differing interpretation of the law in the Corps district offices.

10:00 am       Break – Coffee and snacks

10:30 am       Stormwater Management

Moderated by Ross Dunning, Kennedy/Jenks.  Three case studies give us insight into the ongoing management of stormwater permitting risks.  The panel will focus on their actions to comply with state and federal water quality requirements.

11:30              Wrap-Up and Adjourn

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