Lower Mainland Port Authorities Announce Funding for Fraser River Debris Trap

    VANCOUVER, March 29 /CNW/ - The Fraser River and Vancouver Port
Authorities have approved the allocation of $236,000 in joint funding in 2007
for the Fraser River Debris Trap. The port authorities have also recommended
the development of a multi-year, shared-funding agreement for the debris trap,
calling upon the federal and provincial governments, the Greater Vancouver
Regional District and the Fraser Valley Regional District, to work together on
this important initiative.
    "Funding of the Fraser River Debris Trap is just one example of the
benefits of the proposed amalgamation of the three lower mainland ports," said
Captain Allen Domaas, President and CEO of the Fraser River Port Authority.
"Funding at this level would not be possible if the Fraser River Port
Authority had to go it alone."
    The Fraser River Debris Trap Operating Committee (FRDTOC) has set a
2007/08 annual budget of $750,000, which includes operating costs of $628,000
and a contribution to a reserve fund as an operational and maintenance
    "We hope it will be the first of many such initiatives aimed at providing
benefit to both the gateway and the surrounding communities, not just on the
Fraser River, but also in Burrard Inlet," said Captain Gordon Houston,
President and CEO of the Vancouver Port Authority.
    The Fraser River debris trap captures enough natural woody debris such as
trunks, rootballs and branches to fill 10 football stadiums to a depth of
three metres - debris that would otherwise travel downriver during the spring
high water period.
    According to an independent study commissioned by the FRDTOC, the trap
pays for itself a minimum of 12 times over by reducing damage and cleanup
costs caused by debris. The trap is a waterborne debris capture facility near
Hope. It helps keep the lower stretches of the Fraser River and southern
waters of the Strait of Georgia clear for navigation, enhances public safety
and each year helps avoid at least $8 million in costs of clean-up and
repairing damage to vessels and foreshore infrastructure.
    The North Fraser Port Authority has operated its own debris recovery site
on the north arm of the Fraser River since 1968 and has committed to its
continued operation though 2007.

    About the Fraser River Port Authority:
    Fraser River Port is Canada's largest fresh water port and Canada's
largest automobile port, encompassing 270 kilometres of shoreline along the
Fraser River from Langley to the Strait of Georgia. The Port generates 16,100
direct local jobs and contributes $1.3 billion to Canada's Gross Domestic

    About the North Fraser Port Authority:
    Port North Fraser is Canada's largest shallow draft port and handles on
average 17 million tonnes of cargo annually. The Port continues to contribute
over $1 billion each year in Gross Domestic Product and provide employment for
approximately 8,000 persons.

    About the Vancouver Port Authority:
    The Port of Vancouver, Canada's flagship port, trades more than
$43 billion in goods with more than 100 trading economies annually. Port
activities generate 69,200 jobs with $4 billion in Gross Domestic Product and
$8.9 billion in economic output.

For further information:

For further information: Mark Erdman, Manager, Communications, Fraser
River Port Authority, (604) 523-4812 (office), (604) 839-0439 (cellular),
marke@frpa.com; Allan Baydala, President & CEO, North Fraser Port Authority,
(604) 273-1866 (office), (604) 328-0874 (cellular), abaydala@nfpa.ca; Anne
McMullin, Director, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs, Vancouver
Port Authority, (604) 665-9069 (office), (604) 218-1403 (cellular),

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