Developing a plan for the long-term maintenance of the Federal Navigation Channel
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and five Lower Columbia River ports are embarking on a joint environmental impact statement (EIS) and a long-term maintenance plan for the Lower Columbia River Federal Navigation Channel. The plan will ensure the channel, extending upstream from the Mouth of Columbia River to Vancouver, Wash., is maintained and operational at its 43-foot depth for another 20 years.
The Corps of Engineers is the lead federal agency under the National Environmental Policy Act for preparing an EIS. The Ports of Longview, Kalama, Woodland and Vancouver (Washington Ports) and the Port of Portland in Oregon (collectively, the Sponsor Ports) are the non-federal sponsors of the plan. As the non-federal sponsors, the Washington Ports are also responsible for actions that require compliance with the State Environmental Policy Act.
The Corps and the sponsor ports, with input from stakeholders and the public, will determine the best management plan for placing dredged material and evaluate ways to reduce the need for dredging. The planning effort will consider the natural resources of the Lower Columbia River while keeping the region open for business.
Vessels drafting the full channel depth carried about 11 million tons of export shipments worth nearly $3 billion in 2015. A well-maintained channel allows larger ships to carry significantly more cargo, supports regional and local jobs, and provides major and direct economic benefits and maintains local and federal navigation investments.
Please visit the USACE Channel Maintenance website, listed below, for further information.
Official Links and Documents
Official Project Site
More about NEPA
More about SEPA
Guild-Klady Centennial Orchard
1608 Guild Road
The Port of Woodland and Scouts from Troop 531 officially dedicated the Guild-Klady Centennial Orchard on September 23, 2017. The Orchard is located next to the future home of the Port Administrative Building at 1608 Guild Road. The Orchard is open to the public and free to access available fruit. Please note, the orchard is use at your own risk. Available on the orchard are walnuts, pears, apples and plums varieties. Please keep animals on leashes. Please follow signs for use at the Orchard. Please enjoy the picnic tables. Coming soon, new fruit trees and bushes- blueberries, cherries, pear and lilacs!
The Port of Woodland, under RCW 53.20.010 must adopt a harbor improvement plan through a public process and hearings to identify the general scheme of operations by the Port. The Port updates their Comprehensive Scheme of Harbor Improvements (CSHI) at least once a year through during the budgetary process and completes a general overhaul of the scheme every six years.
The Port Commission completed an overhaul of the 2016 CSHI early due to significant changes in Port operations and projects. Those interested in the 2019 final CSHI may download the pdf version of the plan here. 2019 Comprehensive Scheme of Harbor Improvements Revised 2019 Adopted March 7 2019
The Port of Woodland examined two routes for dark fiber infrastructure investment opportunities. A study was completed by Ascent GIS in the Fall of 2017 that examined the routes of Woodland to Cougar and the Woodland Bottoms. The Port commission determined that the investment in Woodland to Cougar yielded the best Return on Investment (ROI) and in January 2018, the Commission began steps to move forward on the engineering and construction of the dark fiber route. The Port will begin exploring grant opportunities for additional matching dollars for tax-payer investment by the Port.