Tacoma has reached a watershed moment, one which will determine if we will continue our trajectory as a hub for heavy industry that pollutes Commencement Bay, or if we will become leaders in the movement towards clean, innovative development that improves water quality by preventing stormwater pollution, limiting toxic discharges from industry, and curbing industrial air emissions. In the next year, Citizens for a Healthy Bay (CHB) will protect Commencement Bay from increased water pollution through a three-pronged approach: Technical Analyses and Comprehension; Land Use Reform, and; Community Education and Engagement.
There are three upcoming opportunities to implement our approach: the permitting process of a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) facility; the formation of the Tideflats Subarea Plan, a component of the City’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan, and; the City’s temporary heavy industry moratorium, known as the Tideflats Interim Regulations. Together, CHB and the community we serve will engage in each of these processes to fight for our right to clean water.
If we are successful, the impact of system changes that prevent new, heavy polluting industry around Commencement Bay, while advancing sustainable, forward-thinking development in Tacoma will have far-reaching implications. Smart land use planning will improve water quality by protecting sensitive floodplain and wetland areas, encourage innovative clean industry and green infrastructure, limit the aerial deposition of harmful air pollutants into our waters, advance contaminated site cleanups, reduce toxic industrial wastewater discharges, and decrease stormwater runoff pollution.