Raincoast Conservation Foundation | Iona North Arm Jetty Breach

November 10, 2021

Project status
Permit issued

On January 17, 2022, a project permit was issued to Raincoast Conservation Foundation to construct a linear breach across the Iona Island North Arm Jetty in the Fraser River estuary, Richmond, B.C. The project area is on federal lands and waters managed by the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority.

The project was approved subject to 48 permit conditions that the permit holder must meet to ensure the project does not result in significant adverse environmental effects.

The project is anticipated to take approximately 4 to 6 weeks to complete.

About the project

Raincoast Conservation Foundation (a charitable, non-profit conservation science organization) is proposing to construct a linear breach, i.e., channel, across the Iona Island North Arm Jetty in the Fraser River estuary, Richmond, B.C. The North Arm Jetty is a human-made structure that was constructed in 1916 to aid in navigation. The goal of this project is to restore natural migration pathways for juvenile salmon and other fish species, and to restore the natural movement of freshwater and fine sediments in the estuary.  

The proposed Project works include: 

  • Excavation of a jetty breach of approximately 95 meters long and 30 meters wide, to an elevation of -1.0 meter Geodetic Datum, and lining with filter rock and rip rap to a final elevation of -0.5 meters Geodetic Datum.  
  • Installation of a temporary barge ramp constructed of filter rock and rip rap next to the breach site. 
  • Transportation of construction equipment and materials to the project site by barge 

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.

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