Public Comment Period on Intent to Make a Determination
Repairs and Upgrades for Albert Head Float – Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Esquimalt

February 24, 2022 — The Department of National Defence must decide whether the proposed project is likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.

To help inform this decision, the Department of National Defence is inviting comments from the public on the project and its potential effects on the environment. All comments received will be considered public. For more information, individuals should consult the Privacy Notice on the Registry website.

Written comments must be submitted by March 15, 2022 to:
Becky MacInnis, Environment Officer / MARPAC Formation Safety and Environment
Mailing Address:  Formation Safety and Environment, Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt, PO Box 17000 Stn Forces
Victoria, BC, Canada, V9A 7N2

The Proposed Project

The Department of National Defence (DND) has proposed a project which involves the design and repairs to the Albert Head Float. The plan is to replace the existing floats, piles and gangway with a new concrete float, pile-supported walkway and gangway. The new float and gangway will be oriented to the east and further from shore to provide increased water depth required for the structure. The new float and walkway will require approximately 16 piles to be installed.

To support the design, the design consultant will complete a geotechnical investigation. Borehole samples will be collected near the proposed locations for the new piles (approximately 6 locations). The depth of drilling is estimated to be 15 meters below the mudline or until bedrock is encountered. The boreholes will be up to 150 millimeters in diameter.

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