Summit Earthworks | Derwent Way Soil Transfer and Barge Loading Facility

December 15, 2016

Project status

Permit issued

In April 2021, a project permit was issued to Summit Earthworks Inc. to develop the Derwent Way Soil Transfer and Barge Loading Facility at the parcel southeast of the intersection at Derwent Way and Salter Street in New Westminster, BC on federal lands and waters managed by the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority.

The project was approved subject to 74 permit conditions the permit holder must meet to ensure the project does not result in significant adverse environmental effects.

Construction works are proposed to take place between summer 2021 and spring 2022, during port authority standard hours for construction. Construction notification was issued on July 27, 2021. For more information about the project and construction activities, please visit Summit Earthworks’ website.

About the project

Summit Earthworks proposes to develop a soil and barge transfer facility. The proposed project is to facilitate the transfer of waste soil from development sites in Metro Vancouver to a remediation facility in Mission, BC. Soil will arrive at the project site via truck; it will then be temporarily stored in a contained waste offload/storage area (with a total capacity of approximately 3,000 cubic metres), before being transferred to a barge for transit along the Fraser River. In some instances, soil may also be transferred off-site via truck. The facility will not accept hazardous soils, and all soils that move through the facility will have contamination levels less than the BC Hazardous Waste Regulations criteria.

It is anticipated that one barge per week will be loaded with approximately 1,500 to 2,500 cubic metres of soil. The material will be loaded to the barge via a hopper and a covered conveyor. The conveyor will deposit the soil onto the barge using a telescopic spout and a loader will displace the soil evenly across the barge deck. The total estimated volume of soil through the site per month is 6,000 cubic metres.

Vehicles would be required to access the facility via Slater Street from northbound Derwent Way. Operation of the facility will include up to 60 trucks arriving and departing intermittently each day. Trucks would be required to route via Annacis Industrial area, and only use designated truck routes.

Project activities and components include:

  • Site clearing, stripping and grubbing
  • Ground densification, as necessary
  • Excavation below the covered soil storage area to a depth of approximately 1.5m
  • Construction of a lock block perimeter wall around the covered soil storage area measuring 2.25m above grade and 1.5m below grade
  • Construction of a 1,200 square metres lined and covered waste soil storage area designed to prevent infiltration into the underlying subgrade
  • Construction of a 0.3m high containment curb to the south and east of the truck unloading area and around the hopper to contain excess runoff
  • Construction of an ~2.5m noise barrier fence, tree barrier, and soil berm along the western boundary of the site
  • Grading and paving, including construction of an asphalt road and a compacted gravel area
  • Installation of a weigh scale measuring 18m x 3m and a single-storey scale shack and scale house, each measuring 6m x 2.5m
  • Installation of a 2,500L fuel above-ground storage tank (AST) and concrete pad
  • Installation of a wheel wash station
  • Installation of a runoff water treatment facility and pump station measuring 8m x 3m and two (2) 19,000L water storage tanks
  • Installation of six (6) LED flood lights
  • Construction of four (4) vehicle parking spaces
  • Installation of a culvert
  • Installation of two (2) underground infiltration system trenches measuring 40m x 3m
  • Installation of storm drains and catch basins
  • Installation of a concrete pad mounted hopper
  • Installation of an ~50m long covered barge loading conveyor and telescopic loading spout
  • Installation of sixteen (16) piles (four (4) dolphins and one (1) conveyor truss and support)

Contact information

For more information about Summit Earthworks’ project, or to contact the permit holder directly, please contact Steve Rosell, General Manager, by email or phone at 604.820.0569.

For questions regarding the Project and Environmental Review of the proposed project, please contact Deborah Renn, Planner, by email or phone at 604.665.9561.

Resources

Approval documents

Project Permit
April 2021 – Approved Project Permit (PER No. 16-271): Summit Earthworks Derwent Way Soil Transfer and Barge Facility [PDF]

Project and Environmental Review Report
April 2021 – Approved Project and Environmental Review Report: Summit Earthworks Derwent Way Soil Transfer and Barge Facility [PDF]

General submission 

Application form
July 2018 – Project Permit Application Form: Summit Earthworks Derwent Way Soil Transfer and Barge Facility [PDF]

Project description 

Project summary
December 2019 – Project Permit Application Project Summary: Summit Earthworks Derwent Way Soil Transfer and Barge Facility [PDF]

Marine operations technical memo
August 2018 – Project Permit Application Marine Operations Mitigations Memo: Summit Earthworks Derwent Way Soil Transfer and Barge Facility [PDF]

Drawings

Drawing package
July 2019 – Project Permit Application Drawing Package: Summit Earthworks Derwent Way Soil Transfer and Barge Facility [PDF]

Marine loading drawing
July 2018 – Project Permit Application Marine Loading Drawing: Summit Earthworks Derwent Way Soil Transfer and Barge Facility [PDF]

Culvert twining drawing
June 2018 – Project Permit Application Culvert Twinning Drawing: Summit Earthworks Derwent Way Soil Transfer and Barge Facility [PDF]

Location plan
January 2017 – Project Permit Application Location Plan: Summit Earthworks Derwent Way Soil Transfer and Barge Facility [PDF]

Studies and reports

Site access route plan
February 2021 – Project Permit Application Site Access Route Plan: Summit Earthworks Derwent Way Soil Transfer and Barge Facility [PDF]

Traffic management plan
January 2021 – Project Permit Application Traffic Management Plan: Summit Earthworks Derwent Way Soil Transfer and Barge Facility [PDF]

Derwent Way/Salter Street northbound right-turn assessment traffic memo
January 2021 – Project Permit Application Traffic Memo: Summit Earthworks Derwent Way Soil Transfer and Barge Facility [PDF]

Changes to air and noise assessments memo 
December 2019 – Project Permit Application Addendum Air and Noise Memo: Summit Earthworks Derwent Way Soil Transfer and Barge Facility [PDF]

Air assessment comments response memo
December 2019 – Project Permit Application Addendum Air Assessment Memo: Summit Earthworks Derwent Way Soil Transfer and Barge Facility [PDF]

Geotechnical comments response memo
October 2019 – Project Permit Application Geotechnical Comments Response Memo: Derwent Way Soil Transfer and Barge Facility [PDF]

Traffic Impact Study
December 2019 – Project Permit Application Traffic Impact Study: Summit Earthworks Derwent Way Soil Transfer and Barge Facility [PDF]

Derwent Way/Salter Street southbound left-turn assessment traffic memo
October 2019 – Project Permit Application Traffic Memo: Summit Earthworks Derwent Way Soil Transfer and Barge Facility [PDF]

Soil sampling memo
October 2019 – Project Permit Application Soil Sampling Memo: Derwent Way Soil Transfer and Barge Facility [PDF]

Archaeological Overview Assessment
August 2019 – Project Permit Application Archaeological Overview Assessment: Summit Earthworks Derwent Way Soil Transfer and Barge Facility (Received and under review)

Air assessment report
July 2019 – Project Permit Application Air Assessment Report: Summit Earthworks Derwent Way Soil Transfer and Barge Facility [PDF]

Biophysical assessment and vegetation plan
July 2019 – Project Permit Application Biophysical Assessment and Vegetation Plan: Summit Earthworks Derwent Way Soil Transfer and Barge Facility [PDF]

Construction Environmental Management Plan
July 2019 – Project Permit Application Construction Environmental Management Plan: Summit Earthworks Derwent Way Soil Transfer and Barge Facility [PDF]

Contingency and spill response plan
July 2019 – Project Permit Application Contingency and Spill Response Plan: Summit Earthworks Derwent Way Soil Transfer and Barge Facility [PDF]

Geotechnical report
July 2019 – Project Permit Application Geotechnical Report: Summit Earthworks Derwent Way Soil Transfer and Barge Facility [PDF]

Stormwater pollution prevention plan
July 2019 – Project Permit Application Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan: Summit Earthworks Derwent Way Soil Transfer and Barge Facility [PDF]

Noise assessment screening worksheet
April 2017 – Project Permit Application Noise Assessment Screening Worksheet: Summit Earthworks Derwent Way Soil Transfer and Barge Facility [PDF]

Public engagement

Public engagement summary and considerations report for the 2020 public comment period
October 2020 – Public Engagement Summary and Consideration Report: Summit Earthworks Derwent Way Soil Transfer and Barge Facility [PDF]
(Summary and report for May 29 – July 6, 2020 public comment period. Posted October 2020.)

Public engagement summary and considerations report for the 2017 public comment period
May 2019 – Public Engagement Summary and Consideration Report: Summit Earthworks Derwent Way Soil Transfer and Barge Facility [PDF]
(Summary and report for May 12 – June 2, 2017 public comment period. Posted August 2019.)

Additional documents

Construction notification
July 2021 – Construction notification: Summit Earthworks Derwent Way Soil Transfer and Barge Facility [PDF]

Best management practices for pile driving
October 2019  –  Project Permit Application DFO Best Management Practices Pile Driving: Summit Earthworks Derwent Way Soil Transfer and Barge Facility [PDF]

Structural concrete pouring procedures
October 2019 – Project Permit Application Addendum Structural Concrete Procedures: Summit Earthworks Derwent Way Soil Transfer and Barge Facility [PDF]

Concrete handling
August 2018 – Project Permit Application Addendum Concrete handling: Summit Earthworks Derwent Way Soil Transfer and Barge Facility [PDF]