Fraser River Dredging

Some $10 million will be spent in the next decade keeping river channels in Richmond and Delta dredged, thanks to a joint effort funded by the City of Richmond, Port Metro Vancouver, the province and federal governments. Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie speaks at the podium, while, from left, Delta-Richmond East MP Kerry-Lynne Findlay, B.C. Minister of Transportation Mary Polak, and Richmond-Steveston MLA John Yap listen.
Martin van den Hemel photo

An announcement on Monday, December 17th has a number of commuters happy.

The commercial fishing fleets and recreational water vessels have had to navigate their way around silt build up in the Fraser River for more than a decade. In recent years, some vessels have been beached attempting to pass through the side channels they have navigated. As the last dredging of the secondary channels of the Fraser River haven’t been cleared since 1998, large amounts of silt has to be removed, costing a lot of money. Delta, Richmond, Port Metro Vancouver, the province and the federal governments announced Monday that they would contribute $10 million to the dredging efforts to take place in 2013. The combined efforts will make travel up and down river, through the secondary channels feasible for consistent marine traffic.

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