June 2020 / Currents Newsletter
A Message from the Executive Director
June 8 marks the celebration of World Oceans Day, which reminds us that our actions upstream can have major impacts on our ocean resources. In honor of our relationship with the water, we are taking June to discuss oceans, bays and waterways.
For many of us, this is the season for a refreshing trip to the shore – dipping our toes in the water, breathing in the salty ocean air and enjoying the view across the horizon. A day on the water is synonymous with summertime. But for the Port of Redwood City, this connection with the water is our daily experience. As a seaport, we were created for the purpose of developing our public waterways for the people of California. Every day of the year, we are involved with moving cargo, maintaining public recreational access, and supporting a cleaner and more sustainable waterfront.
Cargo, of course, is at the heart of our mission and our Port connects us with a system of waterways that spans the globe. The Port of Redwood City enjoys an ideal location for maritime trade. Located on Redwood Creek Channel in South San Francisco Bay, we are 18 nautical miles south of San Francisco – making us the only deep-water port in the South San Francisco Bay. As Silicon Valley has grown into a major economic force, our Port has played an important part in building up the region as a gateway for construction materials. We are proud to have this essential role in our economy.
We would not have a vibrant, sustainable and economically diverse port without the hard-working men and women who have built businesses on the water’s edge and dependent upon the water. From cargo trade to recreational boating services, our waterfront teems with activity – which translates to jobs, economic impact and a well-maintained waterway for the public. These businesses depend on the waterfront and waterways to survive, and they also believe in taking good care of our natural resources, maintaining and protecting them for generations to come.
While this summer won’t be like any in recent memory, our Port is still operating and we as individuals can look forward to some of the pleasures of the season: a visit to the bay, a boat ride or a picnic with family. We look forward to welcoming you.