Construction of East Causeway Habitat Compensation Project to Begin at Roberts Bank



    VANCOUVER, June 3 /CNW/ - As part of the Deltaport Third Berth Project
(DP3) at Roberts Bank, Port Metro Vancouver will begin creating new fish and
wildlife habitat along the east causeway portion of Deltaport Way in Delta,
BC.
    The East Causeway Habitat Compensation Project will transform the land
beside the Deltaport causeway into diverse marine and wildlife habitat through
the creation of barrier islands, rip rap slopes (stone erosion barriers), salt
marsh, upland vegetation areas, and gravel and cobble beaches.
    Construction on the East Causeway Habitat Compensation Project will
commence mid-June 2009 and is expected to be complete by early 2011.
    "Roberts Bank is recognized as an important ecological area," said Robin
Silvester, President and CEO of Port Metro Vancouver. "Through this project,
the Port will help to increase the biodiversity and environmental
sustainability of this area."
    Public access to this area will be affected. During construction and upon
completion of the project, parking will no longer be available along the east
causeway area. Public access will be permanently closed as the area is
transformed into sensitive fish and wildlife habitat. Once construction is
complete, Port Metro Vancouver will work with the community to identify
opportunities to learn about and possibly visit this unique habitat area.
    The East Causeway Habitat Compensation Project is one of several
mitigation initiatives that have or will be developed by Port Metro Vancouver
at Roberts Bank, providing approximately 20 hectares of on-site compensation.
Among these are openings within the dock structures to create habitat, a
series of artificial reefs to provide marine habitat, sandbar stabilization to
re-establish eel grass, and restoration and extension of the Tsawwassen salt
marsh. In addition, 7.5 hectares of off-site fish and wildlife habitat is also
being created in partnership with Ducks Unlimited and the Pacific Salmon
Foundation.
    Including the Roberts Bank habitat compensation projects, the Port is
investing approximately $25 million on environmental mitigation to protect
local marine and other wildlife.

    Port Metro Vancouver is Canada's largest and North America's most
diversified port, trading $75 billion in goods with more than 130 trading
economies annually. Port activities generate 129,500 total jobs across Canada,
$10.5 billion in GDP and $22 billion in economic output.





For further information:

For further information: Anne McMullin, Director, Corporate
Communications & Public Affairs, Port Metro Vancouver, Telephone: (604)
665-9069, Cellular: (778) 231-6978, Email:
anne.mcmullin@portmetrovancouver.com

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