About the project
The proposed Maplewood Marine Restoration Project is located on the north shore of Burrard Inlet, approximately two kilometres east of the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge. It lies within a large marine tidal area immediately south of a wildlife conservation area. The upland Maplewood Flats Conservation Area is managed and administered by Environment Canada and operated by the Wild Bird Trust of British Columbia.
Location of the proposed Maplewood Marine Restoration Project
The project site is located within a deep waterlot basin – up to nine metres deep – that was dredged in the 1940s to support a gravel extraction business and was later used as a log storage facility. The proposed project is anticipated to enhance approximately seven hectares of low-value marine habitat into higher-value marine habitat for fish, birds and other wildlife.
Design development phase
The proposed Maplewood Marine Restoration Project is currently in the design development phase.
The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is proposing to use a portion of the project as a fisheries habitat offsetting site for the proposed Centerm Expansion Project. The Centerm Expansion Project includes mitigation measures to reduce or avoid environmental effects of construction of the terminal expansion. However, where effects to fish and fish habitat cannot be avoided, the proposed Maplewood Marine Restoration Project is anticipated to provide the offset by creating high-value habitat at Maplewood, upon approval from Fisheries and Oceans Canada.
Completion of all regulatory reviews for the Maplewood Marine Restoration Project is anticipated by mid-2019.
Following completion of these regulatory reviews, the earliest that construction on the Maplewood Marine Restoration Project could start is expected to be fall 2019, for a period of approximately three to four months. To mitigate potential impacts to fish and fish habitat from construction, in-water work would be scheduled to occur within the fisheries least-risk work window for Burrard Inlet (August 16 to February 28 annually).
The project team is engaging Aboriginal groups, stakeholders and regulators, and will notify the public of project updates, as appropriate. The project design may change based on further consultation and technical input.