Fox River Trail: The Port & The Environment

© Photographed June 6, 2016
Erected by Green Bay Chamber of Commerce Leadership Green Bay Program
Green Bay, Brown County, Wisconsin
44.490476,-88.024338

FOX RIVER TRAIL
The Port &
the Environment
Waterborn Transportation . . .
is the most cost-effective mode of transportation when compared to truck or rail. Ships quietly move cargo farther (per ton mile) and more efficiently than trucks or trains. Most importantly, ships move cargo more safely than trucks and trains.

Consider that a ship destined for the Port of Green Bay carrying 18,000 tons of coal from Sandusky, Ohio, through the Great Lakes will burn more than 7,000 gallons of fuel. However, if that same amount of coal was delivered to Green Bay by rail, it would take almost 200 rail cars and burn 36,000 gallons of fuel. If by truck, an additional 700 trucks would be on our already-congested highways, using more than 110,000 gallons of fuel!

Waterborne shipping saves fuel and results in less fuel-emission pollution. Using the coal example above, moving the same amount of cargo by truck would result in 16 tons of emissions, or by rail would result in 11 tons of emissions. Transporting this cargo by ship would result in only one ton of emissions. With more than 200 ships entering the Port of Green Bay annually, it is quite easy to see that moving cargo by ship is the environmental choice.

Waterborne transportation generates the least amount of air pollution, ground pollution and water pollution. Waterborne transportation offers lower fuel consumption, fewer accidents, less noise and reduced congestion on our highways. For these reasons, the Port of Green Bay has a bright future not only economically, but environmentally, which benefits everyone.
The marker is located at St. Francis Park on the east bank of the Fox River, and is accessible from a small parking log on southbound Riverside Drive / Wisconsin Highway 57, about a half mile south of its intersection with Grignon Street, Green Bay, Wisconsin 54301.

NOTE: There is no parking at the marker location on the Fox River Trail. You will need to park at a small parking lot on Riverside Drive (see photo below) and hike a quarter-mile to access the entrance to St. Francis Park.

Port of Green Bay

This marker is one in a series of 12 interpretative signs placed along the Fox River / East River Trail from downtown Green Bay to the Village of Allouez. These signs feature topics related to the history of the Green Bay area associated with the Fox River and also focuses on the importance of the Port of Green Bay in our community. Click here for a list of all markers included in the series.


 Looking northwest, with Porlier Pier Swing Bridge in distance.

 Port of Green Bay
[lower-left corner of marker]

 [right side of marker]

 [right side of marker]



 Incoming storm and Porlier Pier Swing Bridge in the distance.

 View of Georgia-Pacific compound.

 The marker is located along the Fox River Trail, at St. Francis Park.

 The marker is visible in the distance, to the right of center.

 Park in a small parking lot adjacent to busy Riverside Drive
to access St. Francis Park (my RAV-4, parked at the lot,
is visible in the distance in the center of the photo).

The marker is located at St. Francis Park in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

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