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Congressman DeFazio Meets with Port of Brookings Harbor and Pacific Seafoods to Receive Update on Wastewater Treatment Plant

Aug 26, 2021
Press Release

Congressman Peter DeFazio (OR-04) yesterday met with representatives from the Port of Brookings Harbor and Pacific Seafoods to be briefed on the port’s plans for a new wastewater treatment facility. Congressman DeFazio recently secured $3.5 million in this year’s government funding bill to fund the construction of the new wastewater treatment plant owned and operated by the Port of Brookings. The new wastewater treatment plant will allow continued seafood harvesting for more than 15 boats and will provide 35 jobs, which will support more than 70 families.

“The Port of Brookings’ plan for construction of a new wastewater treatment plant will have positive economic and environmental impacts for the community,” said Rep. DeFazio. “The new wastewater treatment facility will help the Port improve their compliance with state and federal clean water standards and support active port operations. I’m proud to have helped secure $3.5 million in the House-passed government funding package to help ensure the construction of this critical infrastructure project.

“Pacific Seafood is proud to be a part of the Brookings community and proud to partner with the local fishing fleet to produce locally-sourced, sustainably harvested seafood,” said Tony Dal Ponte, Director of Government Affairs for Pacific Seafood. “Working waterfronts require infrastructure, and we thank Congressman DeFazio for his leadership in directing federal dollars to the Port for this new project.  We look forward to continuing to work with him in the coming months to secure this funding and support continued economic development here in Brookings.” 

A new wastewater treatment is critical to seafood processing in Brookings. If the Port cannot build a new wastewater treatment plant, seafood processing could decrease.  

Oregon ports are economic drivers in rural Oregon, supporting thousands of jobs and bolstering local economies. DeFazio secured $3.5 million for the construction of a new wastewater treatment plant owned and operated by the Port of Brookings to improve compliance with state and federal clean water standards, return environmentally safe discharge into the water cycle, provide new capacity for the growing region, and build resilience against natural disasters. It will also build resilience against natural disasters.