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keeping our port clean

Port Everglades maintains a deep commitment to the environment through a variety of conservation, preservation and pollution preventionplans intended to protect our native wetlands, harbor and wildlife inhabiting  the Port. Nothing is more important; however, than keeping the environment free from the devastating effects of oil spills.

Throughoutthe year, oil spill clean-up companies and governmental agencies conduct oil spill prevention and emergency response training, as well aswater quality studies. In addition, the Port works hand-in-hand with the Broward County Environmental Protection and Growth Management Department (EPGMD)to oversee the management of the local environment. Through licensing and regulation, the EPGMD ensures that businesses handling hazardous materials at the Port:

  • comply with environmental legislation
  • maintain environmentally-sound, responsible use of the Port's facilities, waterways and land

PortEverglades was selected as one of nine seaports nationwide and two federal agencies to participate in the Port Environmental Management System (EMS) Assistance Project. The Port applied for inclusion to upgrade its environmental protection standards and receive formal ISO 14001 certification -- the International Organization of Standardization's environmental management system.

An EMS is a set of management processes and procedures that allow an organization toanalyze, control and improve the environmental consequences of its activities. Benefits experienced by similar organizations include:

  • improved overall environmental performance
    (including areas not currently regulated)
  • expanded pollution prevention opportunities
  • improved compliance
  • enhanced operational control and efficiency
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