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Ports Primer for Communities

An Overview of Ports Planning and Operations to Support Community Participation

Link to Home Page of Ports Primer for Communities   Link to Section 2, The Role of Ports   Link to Section 3, How Ports Work   Link to Section 4, Port-Community Relations   Link to Section 5.0, Land Use and Transportation   Link to Section 6, Local and Regional Economy   Link to Section 7, Environmental Impacts   Link to Section 8, Tools and Resources   Link to Section 9, Appendix   Link to Glossary for Ports Primer   Link to Endnotes for Ports Primer

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.

Port with docked container ship, cranes and container yard.This Ports Primer for Communities (Ports Primer) area has been designed to provide assistance to near-portHelpport The term generally refers to places alongside navigable water (e.g., oceans, rivers, or lakes) with facilities for the loading and unloading of passengers or cargo from ships, ferries, and other commercial vessels. These facilities may be operated by different entities including state or local public port authorities, private terminal operators, and federal agencies. Activities associated with ports include operation of vessels, cargo handling equipment, locomotives, trucks, vehicles, and storage and warehousing facilities related to the transportation of cargo or passengers as well as the development and maintenance of supporting infrastructure (also see inland ports).HelpportThe harbor area where ships are docked. communities interested in becoming more involved in port Helpport The term generally refers to places alongside navigable water (e.g., oceans, rivers, or lakes) with facilities for the loading and unloading of passengers or cargo from ships, ferries, and other commercial vessels. These facilities may be operated by different entities including state or local public port authorities, private terminal operators, and federal agencies. Activities associated with ports include operation of vessels, cargo handling equipment, locomotives, trucks, vehicles, and storage and warehousing facilities related to the transportation of cargo or passengers as well as the development and maintenance of supporting infrastructure (also see inland ports). decisions that may impact local land use, the environment and quality of life. This Ports Primer is intended to help community members participate effectively in the decision-making process by increasing local understanding of:Help

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

Formats - Ports Primer for 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. 

Ports Primer for Communities (PDF) (58 pp, 5,7 MB, March 2020, EPA-420-B-20-013, About PDF)
Note: Full interactive PDF document functionality is available utilizing Adobe Acrobat. Web browsers may offer only partial interactive functionality for the PDF document. 

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