Submitted by The Port of Lopez Commissioners and Manager
The Port of Lopez is focused on some significant projects this year. Staff is working with OPALCO on a solar project northeast of the runway. This solar array will serve the Lopez community, like the successful solar project on Decatur Island, but with a possible backup battery bank for leveling power demands and for emergency power.
The Lopez Island community has expressed concern about recent illegal dumping of marine sewage in Fisherman Bay. The Port of Lopez is developing a potential plan to administer and finance a mobile marine pumpout vessel to serve Fisherman Bay and possibly surrounding waters. Grant funding would come from a private foundation and/or from the Washington State Clean Vessel Program which receives Federal funding from a portion of taxes on the sales of boats, fishing equipment and small engine fuel. The vessel may be powered with electric outboard motors.
The port continues with its feasibility studies to install a real time weather reporting station (AWOS) and instrument landing capability (IFR) that will aid medical evacuation flights, and commercial and private pilots in inclement weather. Staff expects to receive FAA funds to cover 90 percent of the project costs.
The Port of Lopez welcomes and appreciate any input on these projects. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any comments or call 360-468-4116 or go to portoflopez.com and click on Commission/suggestions.