Welcome to the Port of Tomorrow

The San Joaquin Delta’s deep water channel is a thriving commercial waterway. But it’s also a delicate environment. For that very reason, the Port of Stockton has embarked on a series of initiatives designed to preserve our local wildlife and ecosystems while also promoting local opportunities. We view the Port as a vital part of the community today and instrumental to its success tomorrow.


We’re thinking about the Delta’s waterways. Twenty years from now.

At the Port of Stockton, we’re improving water quality for today, and for the future. How? We’re oxygenating local waterways to support aquatic life. Soon a new storm ditch will be rebuilt as a constructed wetland to naturally filter pollutants from storm water. We also use safe drains that prevent spills, train our tenants to reduce storm water pollution and inspect our stormwater system daily. We’re taking these measures now so that our waterways will thrive tomorrow.

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It takes a powerful forklift to raise the air quality.

We all breathe the same air. So, the Port of Stockton is doing everything in its power to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other harmful pollutants. Our fleet of zero-emission forklifts, energy-efficient railcar mover, and 30 electric charging stations are already having a noticeable impact. The Port helps ship operators maintain air quality compliance, as well, with visible emissions monitoring. And we will continue to search for new ways to keep our air clean for the generations who follow.

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To protect wildlife for future generations, you have to think inside the box.

Surrounding the Port, perched high above the ground, are numerous boxes that our local owl species call home. Students and the community follow the owl families on hidden cameras as their eggs hatch and their young ones learn to fly. We affectionately refer to the owls as our “air force” because they provide essential rodent control. And with 96% occupancy, the owl box program has been an overwhelming success— a success we look to repeat as we explore new ways to preserve the Port’s vital wildlife.

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Soil + Sediments

This land is our land, and it will be for generations to come.

We may work on the water, but we know the value of unspoiled earth. Which is why the Port is using sand dredged from our waterways to help Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Refuge restore its lands and save endangered butterfly and plant species. It’s also why we’re cleaning up a neighboring former naval property for use that will create jobs and economic opportunity. At the Port, we’ll do what it takes to keep the future’s land as clean as its water, even if we have to dig a little deeper.

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Community Engagement

A successful partnership tomorrow depends on what we do today.

As the fourth busiest Port in the state, we want to keep busy connecting with you, our community. To do that, we conduct public boat tours so residents can learn about the Port’s past, present, and future. We visit classrooms so students can learn about everything from our wildlife programs to our shipping activities. We participate in the Rotary Read-In program to help broaden childhood literacy. And we hold coastal clean-up days so interested locals can help us keep our shores pristine, for our children and theirs.

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We have a vision of a modern, clean, bustling Port we can all be proud of.

When it comes to sustainability at the Port, we practice what we preach. In 2018, we became the fastest Port to ever receive Green Marine certification for environmental stewardship. We recently purchased a zero-emission forklift fleet to accompany our fully electric, zero-emission railcar mover. We also conducted an emissions inventory to help us reduce future air emissions even further. Port tenants are required to use “clean” trucks, and we’re working on incentives for our ground transportation partners to follow suit. The more we do now, the more we will all benefit in the years to come. Learn More

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