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Local Channel Dredging Contribution Program

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Local channel dredging in Gunderson Slough will commence on or after June 23, 2014 for a period of up to 5 weeks.  Loading/disposal hours will typically be between 6:30 a.m. and 10:30 p.m.  The schedule will be dependent on tides.  

This dredging is being done as part of the Port’s Habitat Enhancement Program, which is re-using dredging material to the benefit of the Glenrose Tidal Marsh Project. This Project will utilize approximately 6,000 cubic metres of dredgeate from the Gunderson Slough channel.

Progress Report for the Period January – March 2014

During the first three months of 2014, a number of activities were completed:

Contract negotiations were concluded with selected vendors

Port Metro Vancouver entered into contracts with Fraser River Pile & Dredge for dredging Cannery Channel, Deas Slough and Sea Reach and with Vancouver Pile Driving for dredging Ladner Harbour. This was the result of a Request for Proposal and vendor evaluation process conducted in 2013.

Received Dredging and Disposal at Sea and Permits for Cannery Channel, Deas Slough and Ladner Harbour

Port Metro Vancouver received all required permits for dredging and disposal of materials in Cannery Channel, Deas Slough and Ladner Harbour. The permits for Sea Reach have not yet been received from Environment Canada.

Steveston Area:

Completed dredging Cannery Channel in Steveston Harbour

Port Metro Vancouver oversaw the dredging of Cannery Channel by Fraser River Pile & Dredge. The volume removed was 132,129 cubic metres and the material was disposed through in-river dispersal.

Completed dredging between Cannery Channel and face of Imperial Landing

At the request of the City of Richmond, Port Metro Vancouver oversaw the dredging and disposal by Fraser River Pile & Dredge of 10,515 cubic metres of material between the channel and the face of Imperial Landing. Although this was not part of the original project scope, we were able to utilize the mobilized dredging equipment to reduce the costs to the City of Richmond.

Pre-dredging drawing for Cannery Channel [H2014004_Cannery Channel Pre-Dredge]

Post- dredging drawing for Cannery Channel [H2014005_Cannery-Post Dredge]

Ladner Area:

Engaged ENKON to commence a benthic invertebrate study in Deas Slough

Port Metro Vancouver issued a request for quotation and selected ENKON to conduct a benthic invertebrate study in Deas Slough as a requirement of Port Metro Vancouver’s Environmental Services permit. ENKON took “before dredging” samples and will return once dredging is complete to take “after dredging” samples in order to complete its report.

Partially completed Deas Slough dredging

Port Metro Vancouver oversaw the dredging of Deas Slough by Fraser River Pile & Dredge. The volume removed was 29,488 cubic metres. The remainder will be removed later in 2014 after the freshet.

Pre-dredging drawing for Deas Slough  [H2014006_Deas Slough Pre-Dredge]

Post- dredging drawing for Deas Slough[H2014008_Deas Slough Post-Dredge]

Completed dredging of the Ferry Road Boat Ramp

Although not in scope for the Ladner/Steveston Local Channel Dredging program, at the formal request of the Corporation of Delta’s Mayor, Port Metro Vancouver oversaw the dredging and disposal by FRPD of 18,280 m3 of material around the Ferry Road Boat Ramp. See pre/post dredging bathymetry drawings.

Pre-dredging drawing for Ferry Road Boat Ramp [H2014007_Ferry Road Ramp Pre-Dredge]

Post- dredging drawing for Ferry Road Boat Ramp [H2014010_Ferry Road Ramp Post-Dredge]

Partially completed Ladner Harbour dredging  

Port Metro Vancouver oversaw the partial dredging of Ladner Harbour by Vancouver Pile Driving. The volume removed was 17,509 cubic metres.

Vancouver Pile Driving will return after the freshet with two rigs to complete the dredging of Ladner Harbour.

Dredging activities have now been suspended for the fishery closure and will resume in mid-July after the freshet.

Program Overview

Port Metro Vancouver launched the Local Channel Dredging Contribution Program in November 2009, as part of the implementation of the 2008 Dredging Policy, the Port’s long-term dredging strategy for the Fraser River. 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 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. A key component of the policy is the 10-year Local Channel Program that provides financial support for riverfront communities to undertake their own dredging activities beyond deep sea and domestic shipping channels.

The Local Channel 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 the Program, or for assistance with Local Channel Applications, please contact Cindy McCarthy, Communications Advisor, at 604-665-9382 or by email.

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