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Columbia Containers Shoreline Protection Repair - Public Comments Invited

July 6, 2020 – As part of its Project and Environmental Review process, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority must determine whether the proposed Columbia Containers Shoreline Protection Repair, located in Vancouver is likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.

To help inform this determination and a decision on whether or not to approve the proposed project, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is inviting comments from the public respecting that determination. All comments received will be considered public and may be posted online. For more information, individuals should consult the Privacy Notice on the Registry website.

Written comments must be submitted by August 4, 2020 via the online commenting tool or to:

Vancouver Fraser Port Authority
Project and Environmental Review
100 The Pointe, 999 Canada Place
Vancouver, B.C. Canada  V6C 3T4
per@portvancouver.com

The Proposed Project

Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, (the Applicant) is proposing to conduct repairs to approximately 600 metres of existing shoreline protection infrastructure along the foreshore of the leased property at 2319 Commissioner Street, Vancouver, B.C. The project consists of the removal and disposal of woody and other organic debris and concrete slabs, salvage of existing rip rap, and import of new materials to the site. The Applicant proposes to place armour rock, filter rock and gravel over geotextile fabric to restore the existing shoreline protection infrastructure.

The shoreline protection repair works are proposed to be completed in sections of 5-10 metres width that can be completed in a single shift to prevent exposure of unprotected slopes to water and waves. A silt curtain is proposed to be deployed to contain suspended solids along the sections of shoreline under active construction. The work is proposed to be done during low tide conditions, such that all works will be completed in the dry to the extent possible. Works are proposed to be conducted primarily with marine-based equipment with limited upland works, based on logistics for access, minimizing disruptions to the tenant, and tide height. Marine-based equipment would include a materials barge and barge mounted crane for placing filter and armour rocks, and tugs to assist in barge movement. Land-based construction equipment would include a crane or an excavator and a front-end loader for placement of rocks. Marine based equipment is proposed to be staged on a floating barge adjacent to the shoreline and land-based equipment would be staged from the top of the bank in sequence to the marine-based work. Works are expected to be completed in shifts which may extended beyond regular port authority construction hours and include nighttime works in order to complete works at low tide.

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