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. Citizens for a Healthy Bay (CHB) aims to protect our Bay from increased water pollution through a three-pronged approach: Technical Analyses and Comprehension; Land Use Reform, and; Community Education and Engagement.
The Tideflats continue to be a target for fossil fuel development due to its natural deep-water port, existing infrastructure, rail access to fossil fuel deposits, proximity to international energy markets, and a political reputation for fast-tracking Port projects. As Tacoma evolves away from being hub for dirty industry, CHB is a driving force for achieving new policies that promote smart urban growth. We play a key role in the continuation of a city-wide fossil fuel moratorium, and are actively influencing new policy that will inform how the lands of the Tideflats will be developed and utilized in the future.
We believe education and connection-to-place is the first step in creating an engaged community capable of advocating for the systems and policy changes that impact their everyday lives. We connect community members to their local waters by inviting them onboard for Bay Patrol to learn about the issues we work on and the solutions we create. Through our trainings and workshops, CHB provides the community a way to engage in highly technical processes around contaminated site cleanup and urban growth – fostering an educated, effective advocacy community.
If our mobilizing is successful, the impact of system changes that prevent new, heavy polluting industry, while advancing sustainable, forward-thinking development in Tacoma will have far reaching implications.