Environmental Compliance & Permitting

Soils and Hazardous Materials

Biological Resources & Parks

Middle Harbor Shoreline Park

As an international gateway, our airport and seaport operations bring economic value to the world. Here at home, we’re bringing social and cultural value to the region. Middle Harbor Shoreline Park offers Oakland its first public beach. The views are some of the most magnificent in the area and the park contains an amphitheater for events and performances.

Since World War II, military use has restricted public access to the shoreline of the Middle Harbor. As part of the Port’s Vision 2000 seaport program, the public has regained access to the former naval ship basin. Agencies, community representatives and scientists worked together to design the habitat restoration for the more than 150-acre water area of the harbor and the integration of the park with the habitat. Middle Harbor became an ecological reserve of shallow bay and shoreline habitats for many species, such as Dungeness crab, flatfish, anchovy, herring and perch.

Gulls & Terns

Explore the variety of gulls, terns and small animals that inhabit the marshes, beaches, and natural areas along the Port of Oakland’s shoreline.

Clean Water Program

Since 1992, the Port has worked in partnership with its tenant industrial facilities and with the general public to raise greater awareness about water pollution problems and to ensure that action is taken to prevent pollution in run-off.

Emergency Response

As part of the Cal/OSHA requirement we are expected to provide employees with adequate life safety features such as clearly marked exits, fire extinguishers and fire extinguishing systems, and evacuation procedures.

Sanitary Sewer Management Plan

The Port of Oakland has prepared the Sewer System Management Plan (“SSMP”) in compliance with the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) Statewide General Waste Discharge Requirements (“WDR”) for Sanitary Sewer Systems, WQO No. 2006-0003. The goal of the SSMP is to provide a plan to effectively manage, operate, and maintain the sanitary sewer infrastructure facilities owned by the Port of Oakland to prevent sanitary sewer overflows (“SSOs”). Under the terms of the WDR, the SSMP must be updated every five years following the original adoption date and re-certified by the governing board when significant updates to the SSMP are made. The first SSMP was adopted by the Board of Port Commissioners (“Board”) on May 18, 2010 and updated on July 9, 2015 in compliance with the WDR requirements and the Revised Monitoring and Reporting Program, WQ 2013-0058-Exec. The 2020 SSMP, approved by the Board on January 28, 2021, reflects changes in the Port’s organizational structure over the last five years and, more importantly, provides a focus on the acceleration of the inspection, condition assessment, rehabilitation program to meet operational and regulatory requirements.

Environmental Programs & Planning

Colleen Liang, Director of Environmental Programs and Planning

Colleen Liang

Director of Environmental Programs and Planning

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