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.
An EIR for another Port project, the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal Redevelopment Plan and Demolition and Initial Rail Component, earned a Meritorious Award in the category of Outstanding Environmental Analysis Document. This project will remove two underutilized warehouses at the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal, which will increase dock space for large project cargo and improve logistics for moving cargo from vessels to other parts of the terminal. It will also help modernize the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal, attract new cargo business and increase local jobs.
The Portside Pier Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) was recognized with a Meritorious Award in the Outstanding Environmental Analysis Document MND/ND category. A Mitigated Negative Declaration is prepared for a project when there is no substantial evidence that the project or any of its aspects could result in significant adverse environmental impacts.
The Portside Pier project entails replacing an existing restaurant site with a multi-venue dining concept with a long term lease. The project location is in the North Embarcadero area of San Diego Bay. Public access will be increased through a substantially larger public boat docking area. A second level for the restaurant will be constructed, nearly doubling the square footage for dining and viewing San Diego Bay. There will also be a dedicated public viewing deck and public perimeter walkway on the second level.
“The Port is honored to receive these environmental awards from the Association of Environmental Professionals San Diego Chapter,” said Robert “Dukie” Valderrama, Chairman of the Board of Port Commissioners. “This is another example of how the Port strives to be an environmental champion of San Diego Bay and the waterfront.”
The Association of Environmental Professionals is a non-profit association of public and private sector professionals with a common interest in serving the principles underlying the California Environmental Quality Act. The specific and primary purposes of the association are to establish and operate a professional association of persons involved in and committed to improving the processing and implementation of environmental assessment, analysis, public disclosure and reporting.
About the Port of San Diego:
The Port of San Diego serves the people of California as a specially created district, balancing multiple uses on 34 miles along San Diego Bay spanning five cities. Collecting no tax dollars, the Port manages a diverse portfolio to generate revenues that support vital public services and amenities.
The Port champions Maritime, Waterfront Development, Public Safety, Experiences and Environment, all focused on enriching the relationship people and businesses have with our dynamic waterfront. From cargo and cruise terminals to hotels and restaurants, from marinas to museums, from 22 public parks to countless events, the Port contributes to the region’s prosperity and remarkable way of life on a daily basis.