Notice of Determination 

Richmond, B.C.January 17, 2022– The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority has determined that the proposed Iona North Arm Jetty Breach, located at the Fraser River Estuary, Richmond, B.C. is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.

This determination was based on a consideration of the following factors: 

  • Impacts on rights of Indigenous peoples  
  • Indigenous knowledge 
  • Community knowledge 
  • Comments received from the public 
  • Technically and economically feasible mitigation measures 

Mitigation measures taken into account for this determination are:  

  • There will be no in-water works during the fisheries sensitive period from March 1 to June 15, inclusive 
  • All activities will be completed in the dry (i.e., above the water surface) at low tide 
  • Soils excavated from the project site that are not suitable for backfill will be disposed of at appropriate off-site facilities 
  • Soils and other materials brought to the site will be clean and free of environmental contamination, invasive species, and noxious weeds 
  • The works will not deposit a deleterious substance in water inhabited by fish, or affect fish or fish habitat in a manner contrary to the Fisheries Act 
  • A spill prevention, containment and clean-up plan will be developed for the project, be available in the immediate working area, and project personnel will be trained on spill prevention, containment, and clean-up 
  • All construction equipment will be environmentally clean and properly maintained to prevent spills, invasive species, and noxious weeds 
  • The barge and other support vessels will be prevented from grounding on the foreshore or otherwise disturbing the foreshore 

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is satisfied that the carrying out of the project is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects. 

Therefore, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority may carry out the project, exercise any power, perform any duty or function, or provide financial assistance to enable the project to be carried out in whole or in part. 

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