The Port’s Dredging Policy addresses the maintenance dredging of deep sea and domestic shipping channels in the Fraser River that support international and domestic trade, and the management of dredge materials. Dredging is an essential part of Port Metro Vancouver’s long-term strategy to ensure the Fraser River can continue to support trade and meet Transport Canada’s safe navigation requirements. It involves the careful removal and disposal of sediment from clogged navigation channels to ensure vessels can safely transit to their destination.
Dredging work has been funded in two different ways. One, is through Port Metro Vancouver’s Local Channel Dredging Contribution Program. The other, was a multi-partner project with Port Metro Vancouver, the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans, the B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, the Corporation of Delta, and the City of Richmond to dredge the lower Fraser River in the Ladner/Steveston area.
A small amount of additional local channel dredging was also completed in July 2014 as part of the Habitat Enhancement Program.
Local Channel Dredging Contribution Program
Port Metro Vancouver launched the Local Channel Dredging Contribution Program in November 2009, as part of the implementation of the Port’s Dredging Policy. Port Metro Vancouver is the first port authority in Canada to provide funding contributions for local communities with waterways falling outside of the main domestic and international shipping channels.
The 10-year Local Channel Program provides financial support for riverfront communities to undertake their own dredging activities beyond deep sea and domestic shipping channels. The Program provides up to $7 million over 10 years for long-term, community-based dredging plans. River User Associations within eligible communities (see Local Channel Map) may apply for funding contributions up to a maximum of $500,000 per Local Channel over a 10-year period.
In order to take advantage of the funding available through the Local Channel Program, we encourage communities to organize themselves early to determine their needs and develop an application for funding. We will continue to provide guidance to communities mobilizing toward sustainable dredging plans for their areas and encourage River User Associations who have already formed and need funding design, engineering, application development and sampling/testing to apply for advance funding using the form below.
For more information about this program, click here .
Ladner/Steveston Local Channel Dredging Project
In March 2015, Port Metro Vancouver, the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans, the B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, the Corporation of Delta, and the City of Richmond celebrated the milestone of a $10-million collaboration to dredge the lower Fraser River in Ladner Harbour, Deas Slough, Sea Reach and Cannery Channel. While not all the planned dredging was completed due to an increase in dredging volumes and disposal costs, Port Metro Vancouver continues to work with funding partners to pursue further opportunities to complete dredging of some channels.
The completion of the dredging program in the Ladner channels of Ladner Harbour, Deas Slough, Sea Reach and Cannery Channel is important to the economic activity of the lower Fraser River and helped sustain jobs, growth, and prosperity in those communities. The funding partners would like to acknowledge the important contribution of the Ladner Sediment Group, Steveston Harbour Authority, Steveston Villange and float home and marina owners on the Fraser River.
For more information about this project, click here. To read the press release, click here.