On  the Waterfront 

Community Strength  Making a Difference


January 2015

NEW and Renewing Members --
Thank You!
Enterprising Level

Foss Waterway Development Authority

Executive Level

Belina Interiors

Selden's Home Furnishings

Corporate Level

Globe Machine Manufacturing

Global Marine Insurance

NuStar Energy

NW Yachtnet

Family Level

Doug and Sharon Andrews

Individual Level

Sharon Babcock

Luke Curtis

Steven Kovach

Katherine Powell
Next TWA Meeting
Wed.,  Jan. 14
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. 

Joel Baker
Center for Urban Waters

Update about projects at the Center for
Urban Waters
  Tacoma Youth Marine Center

Thanks to all who have donated raffle prizes! These items will be available at an upcoming meeting:

Fleet Feet Gift Certificate

If Wishes Were Fishes

Don't Forget To Order Lunch 

Boxed lunches ($12) are available for TWA meetings.  


Lunches are provided by The Neighborhood Bistro, a Goodwill company and order forms are included in the monthly meeting reminder.



Thank You to ALL of our Corporate and Higher Level Members!
Enterprising Level
Columbia Bank Logo 


   Marine View Ventures Logo

PT Ruston




  Executive Level  
dock st marina











Corporate Level   

Bannon, Carlson & Kessel, Inc.


Broadway Center for the Performing Arts


Brown & Brown Insurance


Courtyard Marriot Tacoma Downtown


Evergreen Home Loans


Foss Harbor Marina


Global Marine Insurance


Globe Machine Manufacturing


Hotel Murano


Johnson, Stone & Pagano


Law Offices of Stephen Hansen


Marine Floats 

Narrows Marina 


National Pipe & Piling


NuStar Energy


NW Yachtnet


Point Defiance Marina


Rock the Dock


Tacoma Art Museum


Tacoma Design Collaborative


Tacoma Pierce County Sports Commission


Tacoma Yacht Club


The Spar


University of Washington Tacoma/Urban Waters


Washington State Historical Society 




Gregg Reynolds

 Vice President

John Trueman


 Mike Jameson


          Roger Williams 

 Past President

  Roger Williams


Dean Burke

Joseph Govednik

Scott Knox

 Don Meyer

Tom Rogers

Stan Selden

Ian Wilkinson

Advisory Council
Darrel Bowman
Logan Brown

Loren Cohen

Su Dowie
Tom Drohan

Shari Hart

Mandy Lane

Dawn Lucien

Scott Mason

Craig Perry 

Dick Ramsey

Marv Sandberg

Pete Sponek

Mike Wark



PO Box 7931 
Tacoma, WA 98417


(253) 777.3301


Jayna Marshall 


City of Destiny Awards  

Nominations for the 29th annual City of Destiny Awards are being accepted until Jan. 16.

These awards recognize exceptional volunteers -- either individuals or groups -- who have worked to drive Tacoma forward.

To be eligible, nominees must have:

  • volunteered time and energy, not money
  • volunteered without financial compensation for their work
  • volunteered within Tacoma's city limits
  • volunteered within the past 12 months in the projects described for leadership and group categories
  • volunteered in a different category if they have previously received a City of Destiny award, or in the same category seven years after receiving a City of Destiny award
Nomination applications and additional information can be found here.

submitted by City of Tacoma
December's Planning Workshop
Attendance was high last month at the December general meeting, our membership was invited to attend this workshop and to have their voices heard.  Su Dowie led the exercise as members were encouraged to put forward their ideas for long term and short term goals for the TWA. All suggestions were recorded and votes were tallied, the results will be announced at the January general meeting.
Surface Water Management 

Pierce County is seeking applicants to fill vacancies on the nine-member, volunteer Surface Water Advisory Board.  It's mission is to address flood control, water quality, and the preservation of natural drainage systems.

Board members are involved with issues such as storm drainage and surface water management, water quality storm drainage plans, rate structures, and capital improvement projects.  The Surface Water Management Advisory Board is a division of the county's Public Works and Utilities Department.

Applications can be downloaded here.  For more information, please call (253) 798.2725.

submitted by Harold Smelt
Nominations for 2015 Summit Awards
The Port of Tacoma is accepted nominations for the 2015 Summit Awards which honors the significant contributions to port business and Pierce County's economy and liveability.

The awards recognize three categories of leadership:

  • Business Magnet for efforts and investments that led to an increase in business volume or new business opportunities and had a positive impact for Pierce County citizens.
  • Environmental Stewardship for a project, program or initiative that supports sustainability in Pierce County, and honors biodiversity and the interconnected nature of industry, people, wildlife and natural systems.
  • Liveable Community for a project, program or initiative that demonstrated the business community's positive contribution to Pierce County through social responsibility.

Winners will be announced at the port's annual breakfast on March 25, 2015, at the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center.


Nomination forms and award criteria can be found here.


  submitted by Carola FIlmer
Our Voices, Our Waterfront
TWA members and others share their 
life lessons, inspirations, and perspectives
about Tacoma's wo
rking waterfront.
This month is the 19th installment 
in the series:  former Ruston city
councilmember Karen Pickett.

Visit www.tacomawaterfront.org to
read other installments of
"Our Voices, Our Waterfront."


Thirty-year Ruston resident Karen Pickett loves living where she does and talks with excitement about the changes she has observed in her community.  Fond of history, she is an author (Ruston:  Images of America), a collector of photographs, and a contributor to the Asarco History Hall.


Read entire article

  submitted by Sharon Babcock
Derelict Tug Removed 

The State's Derelict Vessel Removal Program successfully removed another derelict vessel from Washington waters when the tug Murph was removed from Quartermaster Harbor. 

The Murph started its life as U.S. Navy Tug Wingina 
YTB-395. Wingina was commissioned in late 1944 and served the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Northwest until 1985. Its duties included yard tug services in Bremerton and waterfront fire protection.

TWA community partner, Citizens for a Healthy Bay, actively works to remove dangerous vessels from the water.  If you see a dangerous vessel, please report it to the derelict vessel prevention hotline at (253) 383.2429 or to baypatrol@healthybay.org.   Please provide a description, registration numbers if known, a location and why the vessel is suspect.  Together, we can help protect our waters.

submitted by Tarin Todd
Improvements to Chinese Reconciliation Park 

A shoreline permit has been approved for proposed improvements to Chinese Reconciliation Park near Old Town. These phase 3 improvements are scheduled to be completed before summer and will include:

  • 30 new parking spaces
  • Removal of 1,000 cubic yards of contaminated soil
  • A new welcome sign and two interpretive signs
  • A new decorative bamboo wall
  • New native and non-native landscape plantings, including irrigation
  • Removal of invasive, non-native running bamboo
  • Updated ligthing for the Ting and under the Schuster Parkway overpass

The new bamboo wall, acting as a separation between the parking lot and the park, will be decorated with a Chinese motif and will guide visitors through the park.


For more information, visit TacomaChinesePark.org.


submitted by City of Tacoma
Port of Tacoma Bus Tours 

Once again, the Port of Tacoma is offering free bus tours of port operations:

Jan 26.
Feb. 24
Mar. 27 
April 22 (Earth Day theme)
May 18
June 22

Tours begin at 10 a.m. and last about 75 minutes. Anyone older than 6 is welcome to attend; photo ID is required for anyone older than 17.  All tours depart from the Fabulich Center, 3600 Port of Tacoma Road.

Bus tour space is limited and reservations are required.  To reserve your seat, call (253) 383.9463 or email bustours@portoftacoma.com.   Please provide the names of everyone in your group and a phone number where you can be reached to confirm the reservation. Tours are subject to cancellation for severe weather or unforseen emergency situations.

For more information, click here.

submitted by Carola Filmer
Happenings On the Waterfront
January 2015

Jan. 14
TWA Meeting
Youth Marine Center
Jan 17
Titlow Park
Jan. 17
Point Defiance Marina
Jan. 26
Fabulich Center

Photo of the Month 

photo by Michael Charest

In late December a visiting pod of about 12 orcas was spotted in the waters between Titlow Beach and Point Fosdick.
TWA Member Benefits 

One of the benefits of TWA membership is the promotion of your business or organization.

Each month, free space is available in the TWA newsletter for a coupon or advertisement.

For more information, contact Jayna.