We're On a Mission

The Port of Stockton is dedicated to sustainable implementation of smart growth technologies that modernize the Port, reduce impacts on the community, foster a regenerative future, and contribute to growth in a circular economy.


The Port’s Environmental Department created a Delta Environmental Enhancement Program that is well supported by the Port’s Board of Commissioners. The Goal of the Program is to promote balanced conditions in the Delta ecosystem by reducing pollution, protecting wildlife, restoring habitats, and sustaining a healthy environment for the thousands of species and residents that call the Delta home.


The health and safety of our community is our top priority and it is our job to make sure that our Port operations create a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of Stockton residents. In fact, the Port issued more than $1,451,744 in payments on environmental cleanup and compliance initiatives between 2017 and 2018 (Source).

The Port of Stockton Environmental Policy includes SIX basic program elements,
each with an overall goal:


Protect, maintain or restore aquatic ecosystems and Delta wildlife habitats.

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Soil + Sediments

Remove, treat, or render suitable for beneficial reuse contaminated soils and sediments in the District.


Reduce harmful air emissions from District activities.

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In July 2020, our Environmental Department kicked off a new project that will be critical for sustainable development at the Port.

This comprehensive study identifies sources of emissions and calculates the quantities of Greenhouse Gases (GHG) and air pollutants resulting from Port operations. The inventory report will enable the Port to make informed decisions about how and where to reduce emissions through equipment upgrades to yield the greatest benefits to our local community. Our Environmental Leadership runs DEEP.

Community Engagement

Interact with and educate the community regarding District operations and environmental programs.

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Each year, our team sets out to remove litter from the shoreline to prevent plastics and debris from entering the Delta. The San Joaquin River flows into the ocean, so taking action to protect our local aquatic ecosystem directly impacts the health of our seas. Last year, our volunteers filled 47 bags with material that would otherwise become pollution in local waterways that flow to the Bay Area. This year, we will be taking additional precautions such as social distancing and use of personal protective equipment (PPE) including face coverings, and gloves as we clean up our community.


Improve the quality of the San Joaquin River and Delta waters.

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Dedicated to improving the environmental conditions of the Delta, the Port of Stockton now owns and operates the aerator, located on Dock 20. This machine is critical for maintaining a healthy balance of dissolved oxygen in the deepwater ship channel waters adjacent to the Port. When oxygen levels are critically low, the aerator can pump in 8,500 pounds of dissolved oxygen per day. This effort is just one small part of DEEP. In addition to providing the oxygen the aerator also creates movement in the water column to alter the water flow and disrupt the formation of harmful algal blooms.


Implement sustainable practices in design and construction, operations, and administrative practices throughout the District.

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The Port of Stockton has 5 guiding principles, including sustainability.

After joining the program in 2018, the Port of Stockton achieved certification from Green Marine, the largest voluntary environmental certification program for North America’s maritime industry. Certification recognizes the Port of Stockton’s commitment to continuously reducing its environmental footprint through a rigorous third-party review of the Port’s efforts spanning eight different resource category areas.

Click here to view our results!


Does the Port have an evironmental policy?

Yes! Policy #015 was formally adopted by the Port Board of Commissioners on January 7, 2019. View our policy here.

How does having the Port in Stockton benefit Stockton residents?

In 2019 the Port generated $77.7 million in State and local tax revenue that feeds public programs The Port provides 10,077 jobs! The Port invests approximately $14 million each year in our local economy by using local businesses.

In what ways can the Port offer financial transparency?

The Port has won an award from “The Government Officers Finance Association” for the past 24 years for our transparent financial accounting and reporting. We make all of our Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports public, and you can find them on our website.

What should I know about the Port?

The Port of Stockton is a major inland deep-water port facility on the Stockton Channel and San Joaquin River, in the extended San Francisco Bay Area. The port handled 4.4 million metric tons of cargo in 2019 to and from 55 countries — everything from steel railroad tracks from Japan to refined sulfur going to Australia.

The port consists of two terminals (East and West), totaling more than 2,000 acres (809 hectares). With 15 berths, more than 7 million square feet (650 square meters) of warehouse space, nine waterside transit sheds, and more than 600 acres (242 hectares) available for development, congestion is a foreign word at the Port of Stockton. Served by the Central California Traction Co. and connecting to both the BNSF and UP, the port has more than 70 miles (112 kilometers) of the track. The port is adjacent to uncongested highways I-5, CA-4, and CA-99, and is a short drive to I-80 and I-580. The Port’s reinforced docks allow it to handle large projects directly to rail or truck. For more information, click here.

How can I stay informed about what is happening at the Port?

We invite you to subscribe to our newsletter, Dock Dispatch by emailing portmail@stocktonport.com