The Port has completed dredging operations at the Port of Garibaldi, removing 32,000 cubic yards of dredge material utilizing the State of Oregon owned dredge “THE LAURA”. To complete dredging operations, Oregon International Port of Coos Bay staff were working in partnership with Port of Garibaldi staff.
The “LAURA” was purchased by the State in 2015 with the cooperation of the Oregon Legislature and the Governor’s office to assist Oregon’s ports with maintenance dredging of launch ramps and marinas. The State’s purchase of “THE LAURA” has helped to significantly reduce the cost of dredging in marinas, allowing smaller Oregon ports to remain safe and viable. In late 2016, the State of Oregon approached the Port, requesting that the Port assume operations and management of “THE LAURA”. Throughout the year staff from the Charleston Marina performs dredging operations at ports across the State. Routine dredging is vital to marinas in order to maintain the water depths on approaches and boat slips. The Port of Coos Bay’s management and operation of the dredge helps to streamline and create uniformity in how dredging projects are implemented. Dredging marinas provides customers with uninterrupted use and ensures Oregon’s marinas can stay open for business, supporting their local economy via both commercial and recreational fishing.
A new state-of-the-art stormwater treatment system was installed in the Charleston Shipyard. The stormwater treatment system reduces impurities in stormwater prior to discharge into the South Slough and maintains our commitment to environmental stewardship and allows continued operation of the Charleston Shipyard in a manner consistent with Clean Boatyard programs. The stormwater treatment system utilizes an innovative technology, Chitosan Enhanced Sand Filtration, and is one of the first of its kind on the Southern Oregon Coast.
The new stormwater system will specifically target two metals, copper and zinc, which are typically by-products of the boat manufacturing and repair process. Additionally, the system is designed to significantly reduce the amounts of other impurities in the stormwater discharge, including petroleum related compounds and other metals which could adversely affect the environment.
The system collects water through a storm drain system and flows into four collection vaults. The water is pumped from the four vaults into two, 21,000-gallon storage tanks. From there, it is pumped to the new system for treatment. Once the water is treated, it is discharged into South Slough.
Oregon’s South Coast is one of the most beautiful places in the world. Preserving and enhancing our region’s natural assets through environmental stewardship has been, and will continue to be, of the utmost importance to the Oregon International Port of Coos Bay.