Updates - Fraser River Management Collaborative
At the February 15, 2016 Regular Meeting, Council approved a proposal from the Ladner Sediment Group to participate in the development of a management plan for the lower Fraser River to address issues such as dredging and disaster mitigation infrastructure. The proposal also includes lobbying the federal government for secure, long-term funding of this initiative. Delta staff will work with the Ladner Sediment Group and other stakeholders to establish a Fraser River management collaborative that develop a management plan for the Lower Fraser River. View the staff report.
In December 2012, the Corporation of Delta entered into a contribution agreement with Port of Vancouver, the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, and the City of Richmond to undertake a $10 million dredging program of Ladner harbour, Steveston harbour and other secondary channels of the lower Fraser River.
The joint funding initiative came after years of lobbying by the Corporation of Delta for funding for dredging from senior government agencies. These efforts included delegations to Ottawa in 2008, 2010, and 2011 led by Mayor Lois E. Jackson, a commitment from Delta Council in January 2012 of $2 million from accumulated reserves to fund the dredging of secondary channels around Ladner Harbour, and the preparation of an economic impact assessment and business case for dredging, which was presented to Council at the July 30, 2012 Regular Meeting and subsequently forwarded to key federal and provincial agencies.The dredging program started in July 2012 and was completed in February 2015.
At the December 14, 2015 Regular Meeting, Council approved the Residual Dredging Plan for Ladner Local Channels, as prepared by Port of Vancouver in consultation with Provincial and Delta Staff. Using the remaining $1.5 million available from the initial Ladner dredging program, this project will implement a strategy that targets specific areas of sediment accumulation for priority dredging until the funds are fully used. Letters to federal government Ministers and Delta MP Carla Qualtrough are also being issued regarding the issue of long-term funding for maintenance dredging. View the Staff Report.
The Corporation of Delta would like to acknowledge and sincerely thank Ladner Sediment Group for all of their hard work, support and collaboration towards this important issue in our community. To view a summary of all the work completed under the local channel dredging program, along with the issue of long-term funding for future maintenance dredging, see the Council report dated September 17, 2015 under the Reports and Related Documents section below.
Reports and Related Documents
Port Metro Vancouver Local Channel Dredging
For any questions related to Delta's involvement, please contact:
Bernita Iversen, Senior Policy Analyst