Vancouver Fraser Port Authority | Shoreline Protection at 177 Duncan Street in New Westminster

November 2, 2020

Project status

Permit issued

In January 2021, a project permit was issued to the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority (the Applicant) to install shoreline protection at a section located on the south bank of the North Arm of the Fraser River, on waters managed by the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority.

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

Works are anticipated to take place in February 2021. A construction notification has been distributed to nearby residents.

About the project

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s engineering and maintenance department proposes to install shoreline protection at a section of shoreline located on the south bank of the North Arm of the Fraser River, fronting 177 Duncan Street in New Westminster, BC. The shoreline protection is required to replace the existing temporary measures put in place in November 2019.

Works will be conducted using land-based equipment to access the 79 meters of shoreline that will be protected with rip rap. Equipment will include a crane, a front-end loader, and an excavator. The equipment and materials will be staged from both the top of the bank and from the foreshore. Existing debris and obstacles will be removed to access the site, including the removal of shrubs and trees as required. The slope along the shoreline will be excavated and backfilled with geotextile and the excavated native material to improve stability. Filter and armour rocks, i.e., rip rap, will be placed at the toe of the slope and continue upwards. Afterwards, approximately 550 square meters of native terrestrial vegetation will be installed to revegetate the site.

Construction is anticipated to take approximately three weeks starting early February 2021. Intertidal work shifts are dependent on low tides, and may be carried out Monday to Sunday, from 8:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m., excluding statutory holidays. All other works will occur during standard hours, Monday to Saturday, from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00p.m. Works will only be permitted during the Fisheries and Oceans Canada least risk window for fish, which is June 16 to February 28.

Contact information

For questions regarding the Project and Environmental Review of the proposed project, please contact Spencer Chaisson, Environmental Coordinator, by email or phone at 604.665.9389.