The Mississippi State Port Authority (MSPA) at Gulfport’s restoration program includes producing a context sensitive plan, both socially and environmentally.
Key components of the Port’s environmental plan for restoration and expansion include: finding a beneficial use for dredged materials; effectively utilizing technology to reduce air pollution; and developing a design that provides stormwater holding ponds and is aesthetically pleasing.
In January 2014, the Port of Gulfport joined Green Marine, a sustainability program developed for the marine transportation industry that provides a framework for ports, terminals, shipping companies and shipyards to improve their environmental performance.
With this action the Port of Gulfport could become the second coastal port in the nation to successfully achieve the green designation, following the Port of Seattle.
The cornerstone of the Green Marine initiative is its far-reaching environmental program, which makes it possible for any marine company operating in Canada or the U.S. to voluntarily improve its environmental performance by undertaking concrete and measurable actions. The Port of Gulfport is only the second U.S. port outside the Great Lakes to join Green Marine, which has rapidly gained a reputation for challenging participant companies to improve their environmental performance beyond regulatory compliance.
“Green Marine’s mission is to make the marine transportation industry greener, which ties in with our efforts to make the Port of Gulfport a more environmentally efficient port,” said MSPA Executive Director and CEO Jonathan Daniels.
“We pride ourselves in the transparency and rigor of our environmental program,” explained Green Marine Management Corporation President, Raymond Johnston. “Port of Gulfport joining Green Marine clearly reflects a strong commitment towards the greening of their operations. It also demonstrates that the Green Marine environmental program is valid, applicable, and scalable for all sizes of ports.”
The Port of Gulfport and Green Marine will work together to strengthen the Port’s environmental performance through a process of continuous improvement; build strong relations with marine waterway stakeholders; and heighten understanding of the marine industry’s activities and environmental benefits.
More information about the Green Marine program can be found at www.green-marine.org.
Visit portofgulfporteis.com to view the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile District’s website for the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) related to the Mississippi State Port Authority’s Permit Application Number: SMA-2009-1768-DMY.
Historical information related to the Port of Gulfport’s environmental efforts:
The USACE held an EIS public scoping meeting on May 21, 2013, at the Marriott Courtyard Gulfport Beachfront Hotel in Gulfport, which consisted of an open house, formal presentation and public comments. Documents related to this public meeting can be found at portofgulfportEIS.com. The USACE accepted public comments until June 17 on the proposed scope and content of this EIS from all interested parties.
There is a newsletter that provides illustrations and information about this proposed Port of Gulfport Expansion Project, the EIS process, and public involvement. Click here to view this newsletter, or view the pages below.
This informal workshop included posters of the alternatives that will be evaluated in the EIS; the elements included in the expansion project; the purpose and need for the project; summaries of a recent economic study; and an update on the schedule as to when the draft EIS will be available for public comment. Click here to view the presentation shown at this workshop, and here to view the moderator’s verbal comments that accompanied the presentation.
Studies that have been conducted or will be conducted in the next year include: benthic studies; sediment sampling; Gulf sturgeon tagging and monitoring; air and traffic analyses; economic and market studies; and environmental justice. The information from each of these studies will be used to describe the existing conditions of the project area and to determine potential impacts as a result of the expansion projects.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile District, held a public scoping meeting in March 2011 for the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Port of Gulfport Expansion Project, Harrison County, Mississippi. Project personnel discussed the proposed project and the EIS process, and court reporters transcribed statements from verbal comments. Click here to view the presentation provided by the Port at the meeting. To view a presentation about the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance and the EIS process as presented by PBS&J (now known as Atkins), click here.
The USACE public notice in its entirety is available by clicking here or may be viewed under the Public Notice section of this website.
Public notices related to the Port of Gulfport Restoration Program and the environmental permitting process are archived in the Public Notices section of this website, on the right side of this web page.