S&R Sawmills | D-Mill Urgent Bank Stabilization

June 29, 2021

Project status
Permit amendment under review

In October 2022, S&R Sawmills submitted a request to extend the expiry date of project PER No. 21-061. The request is to extend the expiry date of S&R Sawmills – D-Mill Urgent Bank Stabilization located at 19791 101 Avenue, Langley, British Columbia on federal lands and waters managed by the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority.

As part of the Project and Environmental Review for the proposed project under the Impact Assessment Act, the proposed project was posted on the Canadian Impact Assessment Registry with an opportunity for public comment between October 11 and November 9, 2022.

About the proposed amendment:

Fraser River Pile & Dredge (GP) Inc. (FRPD), working on behalf of S&R Sawmills, proposes to extend the validity of Project Permit PER No. 21-061-01 to February 28, 2024. Due to scheduling conflicts and a shortage of marine equipment, they anticipate the project will not occur this year before the permit expiry date. This extension would also allow the contractor to work within next year’s least-risk work window for the Fraser River Estuary, between June 16 to February 28. There are no changes to construction activities or the scope of the work outlined in the approved permit (available here).

Permit issued

On November 30, 2021, a project permit was issued to S&R Sawmills (the Applicant) to install a sheet pile wall at 19791 101 Avenue in Langley, B.C., on federal lands and waters managed by the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority.

The project was approved subject to 47 permit conditions the Applicant must meet to ensure the project does not result in significant adverse environmental effects.

The project is proposed to occur during the least-risk work window of June 16 to February 28. The works are expected to take approximately 1 week to complete. 

About the project

S&R Sawmills proposes to install a sheet pile wall to minimize potential future erosion of the embankment into the Fraser River. This includes excavating a keyway for the sheet pile wall, removing existing riprap and vegetation, installing the sheet pile wall, and backfilling using 10 kilogram class riprap to build up the existing slope protection material, and fill voids created during the sheet pile installation. No removal or disturbance of native sediment will occur during the excavation of the keyway. The retaining wall will extend 30 metres along the slope and will consist of approximately 24 pairs of 9 metre (or greater) AZ13 steel sheet piles and will penetrate the ground to a depth of approximately 4.5 metres, extending 1.5 metres above ground. The works will be conducted in the dry (above the water level) with land-based equipment such as a crawler-crane, an excavator, and a vibratory hammer.

Contact information

For questions regarding the Project and Environmental Review of the proposed project, or to get in touch with our team, please contact us by email or phone at 604.665.9047.

Please note, when receiving public feedback as part of the PER process, the port authority may collect your personal information, i.e., your name, contact information and personal views and opinions, to inform the PER process for a proposed project. Your personal information may be disclosed to third parties, such as our tenants, in order for them to respond directly to you or help inform our response. You are entitled to submit a complaint to the Privacy Commissioner office here.