Public notice 

S&R Sawmills Ltd. – Maintenance Dredging – Public comments invited 

Surrey, B.C. - July 22, 2022 – As part of its Project and Environmental Review process, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority must determine whether the proposed S&R Sawmills Ltd. – Maintenance Dredging, located generally adjacent to 18887 98A Avenue, Surrey, B.C., are likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects. Written comments to be received by August 20, 2022

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. In addition, your contact information may be shared with third parties, e.g., the tenant, other relevant agencies, to help respond to your questions and inform possible mitigations. 

Written comments must be submitted by August 20, 2022 to: 

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

The proposed project 

Fraser River Pile and Dredge (GP) Inc. on behalf of S&R Sawmills Ltd. proposes to conduct maintenance dredging on the south side of Parsons Channel of the Fraser River adjacent to 18887 98A Avenue, Surrey, BC. Dredging is required to remove natural river infill and wood wastes from log handling and to re-establish the required depths to ensure continued safe navigation and access for marine vessels. The applicant is seeking a multi-year permit to dredge within the fish least risk window for the Fraser River. Maintenance dredging within the same footprint was most recently conducted in November 2021 under PER 17-156 and in February 2022 as emergency works. 

The Project consists of dredging up to 50,000 cubic metres of material within a 98,000 square metre footprint to general grades between -2.4 and -4.9 metres low local water and up to -6.0 metres local low water immediately fronting two mill sites. Dredging will be carried out using a marine spud derrick equipped with a clamshell bucket. Dredged materials will be loaded onto a barge for transport and disposal at an approved disposal-at-sea site under a valid Environment and Climate Change Canada permit. Dredging works are typically carried out on an annual basis with periodic dredging carried out as required. Works may be conducted outside of regular work hours, e.g., on weekends during shutdown periods, to accommodate facility operations. 

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