Wharf removal at the Smithsville Fisheries and Oceans Canada Small Craft Harbour, Shelburne County, Nova Scotia

Fisheries and Oceans Canada – Small Craft Harbours (DFO-SCH) is proposing to remove the existing L-shaped wharf and naturalize the shoreline at a previously decommissioned Small Craft Harbour in Smithsville, Shelburne County, Nova Scotia. The main goal of this project is to address the safety concern created by the wharf in its current state of disrepair. The stem of the wharf is a timber pilework structure that extends approximately 37 meters into the harbour with a 6 m wide concrete deck, which leads to a 33 m long timber cribwork structure with a 6 m wide timber deck attached perpendicularly to the east end of the stem. The total footprint of the wharf is approximately 421 m2.

A temporary road will be installed within the approximate footprint of the wharf stem to facilitate the wharf removal. The road will be built to an elevation of +1.5 m above chart datum with a crest width of 2.8 m and 1:1 sloped sides. The boundaries of the road will extend approximately one meter beyond both sides of the existing wharf, resulting in a slight increase in footprint of approximately 70 m2. However, the road will only be in place for the duration of the wharf removal and removed upon completion. Salvaged rip rap from the project will be placed along the top edge of the existing slipway at the site to bridge a gap that has formed by the former wharf. Rip rap will be placed above the high water mark and will tie into the existing shoreline protection.


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Notice of Determination

January 5, 2023 – Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Small Craft Harbours has issued its Notice of Determination after evaluation of the project Wharf removal at the Smithsville Fisheries and Oceans Canada Small Craft Harbour, Shelburne County, Nova Scotia and has determined that the project is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects with mitigation measures as outlined in their evaluation and can therefore proceed.

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Contacts

Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Small Craft Harbours, Maritime and Gulf Region
Chyann Kirby, Regional Environmental Advisor
Gulf Fisheries Centre, 343 University Avenue
Moncton, New Brunswick E1C 9B6
Telephone: 506-866-5164
Email: chyann.kirby@dfo-mpo.gc.ca


  • Location

    • Smithsville DFO-SCH, 103 Smithsville Wharf Road, Shelburne County, Nova Scotia (Nova Scotia)
  • Nature of Activity

    • Ports and Harbours
  • Assessment Status

    Completed
  • Start Date

    2022-11-10
  • Proponent

    Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Small Craft Harbours (DFO-SCH)
  • Authorities

    • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Assessment Type

    Project on federal lands
  • Reference Number

    84101

Nearby assessments

..within 200 kilometres
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