GUESS WHAT I FOUND OUT? IT IS!
April 18, 2017 – PORT OF HUENEME, CALIFORNIA – The Ventura County Board of Supervisors has recognized the Port of Hueneme for its environmental initiatives, presenting it with a County of Ventura 2017 Earth Day Award for Excellence in Environmental Stewardship. The award was presented by Supervisor Kelly Long to Oxnard Harbor District Commissioner Mary Anne Rooney and Port Director & CEO Kristin Decas.
In July of 2013, the International Maritime Organization agreed with the recommendations of the United States Coast Guard and the shipping lanes in California were adjusted voluntarily to avoid the path of migrating whales! It seems large ships have no interest in hitting traveling whales and were willing to adjust to avoid them.
With funding assistance from the Ventura County Air Pollution control District, the Port is installing electrical vehicle charging stations in publically accessible areas. Of significant note, the Port installed systems so that vessels can plug in at dock in lieu of running diesel auxiliary engines. Other advances include purchasing electricity at off peak hours, storing the electricity in large battery packs on Port and then using that stored electricity during peak hours, saving energy and money. This probably also cuts down on the noise which has also been found to disturb marine life.
In 2015, ships operating in North America within the Emission Control Areas switched from Heavy Fuel Oil to Marine Gas Oil with a lower sulfur content. Starting in the year 2020 all ships even those outside of the Emission Control Areas will be using Marine Diesel Oil, which is a cleaner burning fuel.
All in all I think the Port is a really good neighbor, it cares about the footprint it is leaving and seems to be moving towards cleaner energy at every opportunity.
I think the Port could contribute a tiny bit more with the sand issue?
Myself personally, I live right near one of the recently activated set of railroad tracks and I must be honest I am not happy about having trains running on that track. I have only seen two go by and it was one car moving at an extremely slow speed.
The track area is also full of trash most of the time and the walls are a magnet it seems for graffiti. I still remember the meeting on YouTube with the citizens and the Port Officials and the Railroad Official, Clinton Ashmead.
The woman who promised landscaping and trash pick up, the one who gave an email address that is no longer active and phone number that is also no longer active.
All in all I have had great co operation with the railroad about trash pickup. Some landscaping would be lovely! Perhaps a mural? Or something to prevent the graffiti?
The City of Port Hueneme did take care of my graffiti issue.
I am really happy to report, that with the help the new City Manager Rod Butler and Don Villafana, P.E. Public Works Director and a bit of help from the railroad company. The wall is clear of graffiti and has been mostly painted one solid color!
Maybe my next Blog Post should be "Is the Railroad a Good Neighbor?"