Pier Side - November 2021

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Port of Tacoma's Pier Side e-newsletter

Nov. 17, 2021

In this issue:

2022 Budget and 2021-2025 Clean Air Implementation Plan on Thursday’s Port commission meeting agenda

On the agenda for the Nov. 18 commission meeting is a public hearing and resolution for adoption of the Port's 2022 budget, in addition to a resolution to adopt the Port 's 2021-2025 Clean Air Implementation Plan. Commissioners will also receive an update on the Tideflats Subarea Plan. Read the full agenda.

The remote public meeting begins at noon and will be streamed live on th­e Port of Tacoma’s website. You can also listen to the meeting by phone by calling (253) 617-4257 and entering the conference ID number: 374 318 715.

Culvert removal at Lower Wapato Creek habitat site


Construction on the Lower Wapato Creek Habitat Project continues with an eye toward making great habitat for salmon. With that in mind, two 60-inch culverts are being replaced by a 30-foot creek bed and what was a ditch is being turned into acres of thriving estuary.  Watch the latest video.  Learn more about the project.

WSDOT extends timeline for completion of I-5 HOV lanes through Tacoma

I-5 Puyallup River bridges

The Washington State Department of Transportation says the construction project aimed at creating contiguous HOV lanes on Interstate 5 through Tacoma is now scheduled to wrap up in the summer of 2022. Supply chain issues, along with subcontractor availability and weather, were listed as causes.

Read the full release.

Bus tours canceled for remainder of 2021

Bus tour

The Port's monthly bus tours have been canceled through the end of 2021. We look forward to the possibility of restarting our in-person tours again next year, until then, please visit our virtual tour and check the Port’s website for updates and information on future tour dates.


Port volunteers help pack food boxes at Emergency Food Network

EFN November 2021

On Nov. 6, a team of volunteers from the Port of Tacoma repacked  13,000 lbs. of food into 650 home delivery boxes at the Emergency Food Network (EFN) in Lakewood. EFN distributes the food to more than 70 sites throughout Pierce County to help fight hunger in our community. So far this year, Port volunteers have repacked nearly 12 tons of food! Visit EFN’s website to find out how you can get involved. 

Rod Koon, long-time Port employee, retires after 38 years


Long-time Port staffer, Rod Koon, retired last month after 38 years of service. Originally hired as the Port's first communications manager, Koon went on to hold many positions through the years and became known as the face of the Port throughout the community. Through his involvement with numerous local organizations and nonprofits, including the Tacoma Propeller Club, the United Way of Pierce County, and the Emergency Food Network, he served the Port and the community well. We wish him all the best in retirement!