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EnvironmentOne of the Port of San Diego's many responsibilities is to protect the bay and its resources. The Environment and Land Use Department is made up of creative environmental and planning leaders dedicated to sustainable operations and the responsible development of San Diego Bay's world class waterfront while improving its water, air and sediments in order to support enhanced natural resources and serve the people of California.

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Port of San Diego Honored with Three Environmental Awards from the Association of Environmental Professionals San Diego Chapter

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The Port of San Diego was recently honored with three prestigious environmental awards from the Association of Environmental Professionals San Diego Chapter. The awards were presented at the Chapter’s annual award night event, held October 5, 2017.

In the category of Outstanding Environmental Analysis Document, the Port brought home the top award for the San Diego Bay and Imperial Beach Oceanfront Fireworks Display Events Project Environmental Impact Report (EIR). The EIR summarizes the project, identifies each significant effect, with proposed mitigation measures and alternatives that would reduce or avoid that effect. It also identifies the areas of controversy, including issues raised by the public and summarizes the issues to be resolved, including the choice alternatives and how to mitigate the significant effects. This project will allow for the continuation of fireworks display shows in and around San Diego Bay and Imperial Beach, thereby activating District tidelands.

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Port Chairman Dukie Valderrama Honored for Outstanding Service and Dedication by Ocean Connectors

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MC 10.16.17 Dukie Ocean ConnectorsBoard of Port Commissioners Chairman Robert “Dukie” Valderrama was honored with an Ocean Connectors Leadership Award by the nonprofit environmental organization Ocean Connectors. The award was presented at Ocean Connectors’ 10-year anniversary event, held on Flagship Cruises & Events California Princess on October 5, 2017. The event honored Ocean Connectors’ founding funders including the Port of San Diego, key supporters and nonprofit partners.

Chairman Valderrama was recognized for his outstanding service and dedication to the community of National City and for his environmental stewardship of San Diego Bay.

“The Port is committed to protecting the environment, including the wildlife of San Diego Bay and the tidelands,” said Chairman Valderrama. “This award demonstrates how seriously the Port takes that responsibility and I commend the Port’s staff for their progress with supporting environmental education."

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Regional Partners Taking Action to Halt U.S.-Mexico Border Sewage Spills

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MC 9.28.17 IB Border Sewage group photoThe San Diego Unified Port District and City of Chula Vista are joining the City of Imperial Beach in demanding immediate federal action to halt the flow of toxic waste and sewage from the Tijuana River to the Pacific Ocean, and the State Lands Commission has issued a declaration of interest in the local efforts to combat pollution.

Today, the Port of San Diego and City of Chula joined with the City of Imperial Beach in delivering a Notice of Intent to Sue to the International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC) and Veolia Water North America (Veolia) over their significant, longstanding violations of two U.S. laws designed to protect water quality and public health, the Clean Water Act and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, in their operation of the South Bay International Wastewater Treatment plant.  The communities have been working for years to convince the IBWC and Veolia to correct these violations and take swift action to stem, collect and treat water pollution flowing through their facilities in the Tijuana River Valley. Had they done so, litigation could likely have been avoided.

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