Campbell River Small Craft Harbour (Fisherman's Wharf) Remediation and Tidal Boat Grid Removal

The Project is located on the eastern shore in the town of Campbell River, BC. Work to decommission the southeast corner tidal boat grid and conduct partial remediation at the Campbell River Small Craft Harbour (Fisherman's Wharf) falls within the mandate of the Federal Contaminated Sites Action Plan to reduce environmental and human health risks from known federal contaminated sites.

Tidal grids were typically used for vessel maintenance during low tide periods and these maintenance activities had the potential to introduce contamination into the surrounding sediments. Previous Environmental Site Assessments found Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons and metals exceedances within the area of the boat grid and along the western edge of the harbour.

The boat grid will be disassembled with handheld power tools and a land based excavator and/or crane. The boat grid is approximately 15m x 12m.

Remediation will address contamination in the sediments around the area of the existing boat grid at the south end of the harbour, with a potential for also removing sediment along the western edge of the harbour if time and budget allow. It is estimated that 180 cubic meters of sediment will be excavated from the southeastern area and up to 200 cubic meters from the western section of the harbour. Sediment excavation will be completed with clamshell dredging equipment and crane or excavator.  Armouring will be placed along the excavations to stabilize the slope.

 The sediment will be disposed of at an offsite land based disposal facility qualified to accept contaminated media above industrial provincial guidelines.

Work is expected to start in late January or early February 2024 and take 10 days.


Latest update

February 13, 2024 – The Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada Regional Office of Environmental Coordination issued its Notice of Determination and determined that the project is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.


Key documents

Key documents
Document Number Document Title File Date
3 Notice of Determination - February 13, 2024
2 Public Notice - December 22, 2023


Paddy McManus
Fisheries and Oceans Canada Regional Office of Environmental Coordination
Paddy McManus, Environmental Officer
401 Burrard Street Suite 200, BC. V6C 3L6
Vancouver, British Columbia V6C 3L6

  • Location

    • Fisherman's Wharf, Campbell River Small Craft Harbour, Harbour Authority (British Columbia)
  • Nature of Activity

    • Remediation and conservation
  • Assessment Status

  • Start Date

  • Proponent

    Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Authorities

    • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Assessment Type

    Project on federal lands
  • Reference Number


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