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Public consultation underway for proposed Tsawwassen Eelgrass Project

March 20, 2017

The public is invited to learn more about, and provide feedback on, the proposed Tsawwassen Eelgrass Project during the public consultation period from March 20 to April 7, 2017. This consultation is part of the port authority’s Project and Environmental Review process.

The Habitat Enhancement Program is a Vancouver Fraser Port Authority initiative focused on creating, restoring and enhancing fish and wildlife habitat. The program is comprised of projects around the Lower Mainland that ensure the viability and sustainability of new and enhanced habitat. The program is a proactive measure intended to provide a balance between a healthy environment and future development projects that may be required for port operations.

The proposed Tsawwassen Eelgrass Project consists of two sites located south of the Tsawwassen ferry terminal near Delta, British Columbia. This project would create a total of approximately four hectares of eelgrass habitat on the southeast side of the terminal at two ocean-bottom sites. In addition to providing refuge and nurseries for juvenile fish and invertebrates, eelgrass beds also support a number of other critical ecological functions including nutrient cycling, protection of shorelines from storms, export of organic matter, and carbon storage.

As part of our commitment to understanding community interests, the project team will be hosting an open house to share information about the proposed project, and will seek feedback on proposed mitigation measures and notification methods for project updates.

Open House: Drop in to learn more and provide your feedback; no RSVP required.

Date/Time Location
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Port of Vancouver Delta Community Office

Trenant Park Shopping Centre – 5225A Ladner Trunk Road, Delta

For more information, visit: porttalk.ca/habitatenhancement

 

About the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is responsible for the stewardship of the federal port lands in and around Vancouver, British Columbia. It is accountable to the federal minister of transport and operates pursuant to the Canada Marine Act. The Port of Vancouver is Canada’s largest, and the third largest in North America by tonnes of cargo, facilitating trade between Canada and more than 170 world economies. Located in a naturally beautiful setting on Canada’s west coast, the port authority and port terminals and tenants are responsible for the efficient and reliable movement of goods and passengers, integrating environmental, social and economic sustainability initiatives into all areas of port operations. Enabling the trade of approximately $200 billion in goods, port activities sustain an estimated 100,000 supply-chain jobs, $6.1 billion in wages, and $9.7 billion in GDP across Canada

 

Media contact:

Danielle Jang
Media Relations Advisor
604.340.8617
[email protected]

 

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