Plan aims to scuffle dredge parts of Fraser

A strategy is in the works to make sections of Fraser navigable again

A plan is being floated to clear gravel-clogged Fraser River channels that are preventing log booms from being towed down river, said Abbotsford-Mission MLA Randy Hawes.

A group of forestry industry representatives, government ministry officials and tug boat operators went upriver last Thursday to see the problem first-hand.

“It looked like there are three to four spots where it should be cleaned,” said Hawes, who organized the trip.

The consensus was that scuffle dredging — where gravel is moved to either side of the channel and not removed — would allow the river to revert to its original path, and to “self-scour again,” he continued.

This work would be strictly to address transportation and navigation, and does not deal with flooding.

There is approximately 50,000 board metres of wood boomed and sitting in the river. Since the passages aren’t deep enough to allow a tug boat access, the logs would need to be trucked out, at a cost of about $15 per metre.

This “unsustainable cost” to the forestry companies will force some to shut their doors and lay off staff. Additionally, the extra logging trucks on the road contribute to more environmental degradation, said Hawes.

The three-term MLA said the federal government used to scuffle dredge until 1987, and work in the river halted altogether in 1996. In 2002, the provincial government pushed to start gravel removal in the river and received approval from Fisheries and Oceans Canada in select sites.

It hasn’t been sufficient, said Hawes.

A plan is being hashed out between companies that work on the river and the government — including a biologist who would say where it’s safe to work — and once it’s completed, Hawes hopes to see the endeavour completed by February.

Just Posted

Historic ‘Sumas Powerhouse’ in Abbotsford going up for auction

Former B.C. Electric substation - now a redesigned luxury property - open for bids starting Friday

PHOTOS: Mission Farmers Market holds annual indoor event

Seedy Saturday attracted a large crowd to Heritage Park School as spring approaches

BC Ferries has no plans to implement debit for vehicle ticket payments

Debit accepted for foot passengers, on-board purchases for all vessels

Race and sport examined at new We Are Hockey exhibit in Abbotsford

UFV SASI hosting exhibit looking at hockey history and race

‘Long Island Medium’ Theresa Caputo comes to Abbotsford

Star of hit TV show appears at Abbotsford Centre on April 7

Five highlights in the 2019 federal budget

Latest budget includes a sprinkling of money for voters across a wide spectrum

Facebook to overhaul ad targeting to prevent discrimination

The company is also paying about $5 million to cover plaintiffs’ legal fees and other costs

B.C. mosque part of open-house effort launched in wake of New Zealand shootings

The ‘Visit a Mosque’ campaign aims to combat Islamophobia

Teacher reprimanded after incident with Grade 11 student in school gym

Gregory Norman Brock was teaching at a high school in the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows School District

‘That’s a load of crap’: Dog poop conspiracy spreads in White Rock

Allegation picked up steam through a Facebook page run by a city councillor

Explosives unit brought in after suspicious boxes left at B.C. RCMP detachment

Nanaimo RCMP issues all clear after packages were found on lawn earlier in the day

Avalanche control tomorrow on Highway 1

Expect closures of up to two hours east of Revelstoke

Mission hockey teams battle for provincials

Midget, bantam teams in the title mix

Newfoundland man caught after posting photo of himself drinking and driving

The 19-year-old took a photo of himself holding a beer bottle and cigarette while at the wheel

Most Read