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December 21, 2020 – Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Real Property Ontario and Prairie Region, Engineering and Technical Support must determine whether the proposed Port Dover Search and Rescue Station Floating Dock Repairs Project, located in Port Dover, Ontario is likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.

To help inform this determination, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Real Property Ontario and Prairie Region, Engineering and Technical Support 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 January 21, 2021 to:

Jason Boland

Senior Project Technologist, Engineering and Technical Support

520 Exmouth Street

Sarnia, Ontario

N7T 8B1

Telephone:         226-402-2846

Email:                 Jason.Boland@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

 

The Proposed Project

Fisheries and Oceans Canada owns and operates a Canadian Coast Guard Search and Rescue Station on land known as the Port Dover Recreational Harbour in Port Dover, Ontario. This land is leased long-term by Fisheries and Oceans Canada from the Corporation of Norfolk County. Municipal address of the site is 55 Passmore Avenue, Port Dover, Ontario. Approximate GPS coordinates are 42°46'54.59" North, 80°11'41.17" West. A floating dock structure, measuring 13.69 metres in length with a width of 1.84 metres, is installed adjacent to the property into Lake Erie. This dock is used by the Canadian Coast Guard to provide a place to berth their rigid inflatable boat used in marine search and rescue operations. Constructed in two halves, the floating dock structure consists of wood deck planks fastened to galvanized steel support members supported by two floating galvanized pontoons. The floating dock is secured in the water by driven steel piles at the east and west ends of the floating dock.

The floating dock is in good condition. However, the west end of the floating dock can only rise to the top of the piling where it becomes pinned during periods of high water levels on Lake Erie.

To restore movement of the floating dock to an unrestricted state, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Real Property Ontario and Prairie Region, Engineering and Technical Support is proposing to drive two new 200mm diameter steel piles on the north side of the floating dock and install two new brackets that would allow unrestricted movement of the floating dock with high water levels. After driving the piling, they will be filled with concrete and painted. The existing east pile connection will remain as is, but the west pile connection will be removed as part of this work.

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