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Shoreline Protection at 177 Duncan Street in New Westminster – Public comments invited 

November 2, 2020 – As part of its Project and Environmental Review process, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority must determine whether the proposed Shoreline Protection at 177 Duncan Street in New Westminster, BC 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 December 1, 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 

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority's engineering and maintenance department proposes to install shoreline protection at a section of shoreline located on the south bank of the North Arm of the Fraser River, fronting 177 Duncan Street in New Westminster, BC. The shoreline protection is required to replace the existing temporary measures put in place in November 2019. The shoreline protection is intended to protect and conserve archeological resources found nearby.   

Works will be conducted using land-based equipment to access the 79 meters of shoreline that will be protected with rip rap. Equipment will include a crane, a front-end loader, and an excavator. The equipment and materials will be staged from both the top of the bank and from the foreshore. Existing debris and obstacles will be removed to access the site, including the removal of shrubs and trees as required. The slope along the shoreline will be excavated and backfilled with geotextile and the excavated native material to improve stability. Filter and armour rocks, i.e., rip rap, will be placed at the toe of the slope and continue upwards. Afterwards, approximately 550 square meters of native terrestrial vegetation will be installed to revegetate the site. 

Construction is anticipated to take approximately four to eight weeks. Work shifts are dependent on low tides, and are planned to occur between 12:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. on Monday to Saturday. Works will only be permitted during the Fisheries and Oceans Canada least risk window for fish, which is June 16 to February 28.

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