Infrastructure & Environment


Cleveland Skyline, Port
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  • Maritime transportation benefits both the environment and the economy. It is more cost effective and greener than other modes of transportation.
  • The Port of Cleveland advocates for waterborne transport and has implemented eco-friendly policies at our port facilities.
  • The Port is also taking a lead stewardship role along the Cuyahoga River ship channel and the Lake Erie shoreline. Our aim is to help sustain Cleveland Harbor for industrial, commercial, and recreational users, enhance natural habitats, and set the stage for new development.



Our initiatives focus on three key areas:

At the Port

The Port has adopted green practices at our terminal facilities and is a founding member of Green Marine, a bi-national initiative to strengthen maritime environmental performance through the voluntary adoption of best practices.

We also advocate for the maritime sector, seeking market and legislative solutions that protect maritime commerce and the environment.



In the Harbor

The Port is leading innovative and sustainable projects on the 6.5 mile Cuyahoga River ship channel and along the downtown shoreline of Lake Erie.

Those projects include: removing floating debris from Cleveland Harbor, fixing deteriorated bulkheads that protect the ship channel from erosion, and stabilizing failing riverbank slopes.



Around the Community

The Port manages the Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve, a unique 88-acre wildlife refuge on the shoreline and in the city. The site provides one-of-a-kind recreational and educational opportunities for children and adults to connect with nature on the waterfront.

The Port is also leading efforts to beneficially use sediment dredged from the river to maintain the ship channel. Traditionally sediment was treated as waste and disposed of in lakefront landfills. We are developing a sustainable program to use sediment in a variety of ways from brownfield cleanups to beach nourishment. This initiative could save tens of millions of dollars that otherwise would be spent on sediment disposal, and put a natural resource to good use in the community.


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