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Eight-year scientific monitoring program shows continued ecosystem health at Roberts Bank

January 28, 2016

A science-based program to monitor and manage the ecosystem of the Roberts Bank inter-causeway area has concluded after eight years of monitoring that the ecosystem has not suffered any significant negative impacts due to the construction of a third berth at the Deltaport container terminal, which began in 2007.

The independent monitoring program, called the Adaptive Management Strategy, was developed by Port Metro Vancouver in consultation with Environment Canada. It included a scientific advisory committee comprised of three scientists appointed to provide independent scientific and technical advice and recommendations to prevent or mitigate any significant negative ecosystem trends attributable to the Deltaport Third Berth Project.

The strategy was designed to look specifically for changes to the nutrient balance in the water, and for potential erosion effects, both of which could negatively affect the ecosystem of the area located between the Roberts Bank and Highway 17 causeways in Delta.

The report is a public document available on Port Metro Vancouver’s website.