Parsons channel maintenance dredging

The proposed project

The proposed project comprises maintenance dredging of Parsons Channel starting from approximately kilometre marker 51 and ending at approximately kilometre marker 56. Dredging also includes a sandbar located east of the easternmost corner of Barnston Island (approximately 500 metres downstream of the Golden Ears Bridge). The navigation channel and sandbar would be dredged to the previously approved design width, grade and sub-grades. An estimated volume of up to 280,000 cubic meters is anticipated to be removed annually.

Dredging would be conducted using a cutter-suction dredge and supplemental equipment. Dredged material would be pumped ashore and stockpiled at Port Kells Depot, located at 19395 98A Avenue, Surrey, for beneficial reuse. Dredging would be conducted twice a year, 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, including holidays, during the fisheries least-risk window (June 16 to February 28).


Latest update

End of public comment period 

The public comment period on the project is closed. The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is considering comments received to help inform its determination on whether the carrying out of the project is likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.


Key documents

Key documents
Document Number Document Title File Date
1 Parsons channel maintenance dredging - June 6, 2024


Project and Environmental Review
Vancouver Fraser Port Authority
100 The Pointe, 999 Canada Place
Vancouver, British Columbia V6C 3T4

  • Location

    • Parsons channel maintenance dredging (British Columbia)
  • Nature of Activity

    • Ports and Harbours
    • Maintenance activities (fences, walls)
  • Assessment Status

    In progress
  • Start Date

  • Proponent

    Vancouver Fraser Port Authority
  • Authorities

    • Vancouver Fraser Port Authority
  • Assessment Type

    Project on federal lands
  • Reference Number


This map is for illustrative purposes. The markers represent the approximate locations based on available data. More than one marker may be identified for a given assessment.


Nearby assessments

...within 200 kilometres
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