Maplewood Marine Restoration Project

About the project

The Maplewood Marine Restoration Project is located on the north shore of Burrard Inlet, approximately two kilometres east of the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge, in a marine site that was identified as a restoration priority by the Tsleil-Waututh Nation. The site 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 area. The project is anticipated to enhance approximately five hectares of low-value marine habitat into higher-value marine habitat for fish, birds and other wildlife.

The project will be delivered by the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s Habitat Enhancement Program, which focuses on creating, restoring and enhancing fish and wildlife habitat to help maintain a balance between a healthy environment and future infrastructure development that may be required for port operations. A portion of the marine habitat created at the project site will be used to fulfil the fisheries habitat offsetting requirements for the Centerm Expansion Project, as determined by Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

What’s new

Construction for the Maplewood Marine Restoration Project is in its final stages, and we expect all construction-related work will be done by the end of May 2020. The current activities are some of the most technical and important work on this project. They are essential to raising the elevation of the basin floor to allow marine vegetation to be planted and ultimately establish.

Upcoming night time work:

We are now putting sand in an area close to the shore of Burrard Inlet. Safe access to this marine area is restricted to a period between the highest tide of the day and subsequent highest low tide. Currently, this tidal period happens between late evening and early morning hours. In order to ensure safety of our workers, we have transitioned to overnight construction. We expect overnight work to continue for two to three weeks. Once complete, all infilling will be done.

What to expect:

Nearby residents will notice light in the area and are likely to hear construction-related noise. We will have measures in place to reduce impacts. We will require all lights for work to be pointed down, and not towards land, to minimize light impact on neighbours.

Mitigation measures for fish and birds are in place, including a full-time environmental monitor onsite throughout the remainder of construction activities this spring.

We will continue to work closely with Indigenous groups, stakeholders and regulators, and will notify the public of project updates, as appropriate.

Timeline

Engagement

Our approach to public and stakeholder engagement is based on two-way communication and open dialogue, working together to ensure the community, the environment and the economy are all considered during project planning.

The location of this habitat enhancement project was chosen based on input from stakeholders and Indigenous groups.

During engagement, we asked you to provide feedback on the Project team’s proposed notification methods for construction and project updates, and a proposed ecological or cultural feature. We held an open house on October 2, 2018.

Resources

March 2020 – Project overview – Maplewood Marine Restoration Project [PDF]
June 2018 – Field Studies Notification [PDF]
April 2018 – Field Studies Notification [PDF]
March 2018 – Field Studies Notification [PDF]