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Draft Ports Primer for Communities

An Overview of Ports Planning and Operations to Support Community Participation

1.0 Ports Primer Home   2.0 The Role of Ports   3.0 How Ports Work   4.0 Port-Community Relations   5.0 Land Use and Transportation   6.0 Local and Regional Economy   7.0 Environmental impacts   8.0 Tools and Resources   9.0 Appendix   Glossary   Endnotes

Check the Community Action Roadmap

The Community Action Roadmap is a companion document that provides a step-by-step process to apply the information in the Ports Primer for building capacity and empowering communities. Check the Community Action Roadmap.

" "This Ports Primer for Communities (Ports Primer) area has been designed to provide assistance to near-portHelpportThe harbor area where ships are docked. communities interested in becoming more involved in portHelpportThe harbor area where ships are docked. decisions that may impact local land use, the environment and quality of life. This Primer is intended to help community members participate effectively in the decision-making process by increasing local understanding of:

  • The role of ports;
  • How ports can impact local land use, economic trends and the environment; and
  • Tools and resources that have been successful in other communities.

The Ports Primer is available as an interactive PDF document that can be downloaded (see link below), and through these webpages in HTML format by selecting the icons in the navigation bar at the top of each page to navigate between sections (from 2.0 to 3.0, for example).  Additionally the links at the bottom of each page can be used to move between sub-sections (such as advancing from 2.1 to 2.2).  We've made identical Ports Primer content available in both formats to maximize accessibility to as many stakeholders as possible.  The PDF document is portable with the ability to access content offline, however, it is not easily printed.  Content on the Ports Primer webpages is available online and is more easily printed. There are some slight differences with how information is organized in the webpages, but the content is not altered. Links throughout the Ports Primer in both formats allow users to access additional online resources. 

Draft Ports Primer for Communities (PDF) (57 pp, 8 MB, July 2016, EPA-420-P-16-001, About PDF)

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