Petition To Port Metro Vancouver Opposing The Point Grey Booming Grounds Habitat Banking Enhancement Project
- Port Metro Vancouver, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, and Canadian Wildlife Service, W.A.P.
PLEASE KEEP SIGNING THE PETITION CALLING FOR NO DUMPING OF 100 ACRES OF POTENTIALLY TOXIC RIVER BOTTOM ON THE FORMER PT. GREY BOOMING GROUND SITES EVEN THOUGH THE OFFICIAL DEADLINE WAS FOR JUNE 8!
Please continue to sign our petition and to spread the word widely! While we have had a commitment from Point Grey’s Habitat Enhancement Director, Mr. Gord Ruffo, that PMV will not build viewing platforms or elevated walkways in the Pt. Grey marshes upstream from Wreck Beach, Mr. Ruffo says it is “up to the regulators in DFO and MoE” to make the decision on whether to dump or not to dump!! Thank you so much! We have over 2000 signatures and climbing thanks to you!!! Judy
FROM THE WRECK BEACH PRESERVATION SOCIETY, FRASER RIVER COALITION, THE NATURIST SOCIETY, THE NATURIST ACTION COMMITTEE, THE NATURIST EDUCATION FOUNDATION, FEDERATION OF CANADIAN NATURISTS, MANY ENGO GROUPS, AND WRECK BEACH USERS AND ADVOCATES
Sections of the Historical Point Grey booms have been removed up river from the Point Grey Breakwater. The Fraser River, with it's heavy silt load has been building up the areas where the booms were naturally. Not only is that area accreting, but march grasses and sedges have been coming up naturally, beginning to re-populate the former boom site. The biofilm so necessary to the Western Hemisphere's entire population of Western Sandpipers during their migration, is also evident.
Port Metro Vancouver has been planning for quite some time to dump 100 acres of potentially-contaminated dredgeate over 100 acres in this area. It is unnecessary! Fisheries has demanded that PMV create compensatory fish habitat in order to justify the building of T2 in Delta. This does NOT justify such an intrusive project!
We, as users and friends of Wreck Beach, and advocates for its upriver marshes, demand that PMV abandon plans for Point Grey Booming Grounds habitat banking “enhancement” merely to justify the building of Terminal 2 in Delta.
We also believe due public process is not being followed with such short public notice and timelines for responding (May 26 to June 8, 2014). PMV needs to respect park users as well as wildlife other than fish such as our mink and river otters (who have finally returned to the estuary after the 1974 dredging). The river is rebuilding these areas and they are not “an industrial wasteland!”
Therefore, we ask PMV that there be:
1. No habitat banking in the intertidal zone so close to the Wreck Beach marshes and bathing beaches where the Fraser River plume will sweep silt and contamination into bathing waters. This, of course, means no dumping of 100 acres of potentially-contaminated dredgeate on the former boom sites because they have already begun filling in with sediment, reeds and marsh grasses naturally;
2. No building of viewing platforms in the Estuary and inviting more public into this biodiverse and fragile, environmentally-sensitive area.
3. No building of access trails either in the Estuary or down the cliffs to enable people to reach the viewing platforms. The window for public input on such an important proposal is way too short. Your meetings should be advertised in all the daily papers, not just in local tabloids!
The Petition To Port Metro Vancouver Opposing The Point Grey Booming Grounds Habitat Banking Enhancement Project petition to Port Metro Vancouver, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, and Canadian Wildlife Service, W.A.P. was written by Wreck Beach Preservation Society and is in the category Environment at GoPetition.