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  • Otter Point Road Shoulder Widening Fisheries Assessment of Unnamed Watercourse at Sta. 125+00

    Prepared for: Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure

    May 6, 2019

    11 – 2042 Mills Road Sidney, BC V8L 5X4

  • OTTER POINT ROAD SHOULDER WIDENING

    Table of Contents

    1.0 INTRODUCTION ............................................................................................................ 1

    2.0 REGULATORY CONTEXT ............................................................................................ 3 2.1 THE FISHERIES ACT .................................................................................................... 3 2.2 THE WATER SUSTAINABILITY ACT ............................................................................. 3 2.3 THE FISH-STREAM CROSSING GUIDEBOOK ............................................................. 4

    3.0 PROJECT COMPONENTS ............................................................................................ 4

    4.0 METHODS ..................................................................................................................... 5 4.1 DESKTOP BACKGROUND REVIEW ............................................................................. 5 4.2 SITE ASSESSMENT ...................................................................................................... 5

    5.0 RESULTS ...................................................................................................................... 6 5.1 DESKTOP STUDY ......................................................................................................... 6 5.2 WATERCOURSE ASSESSMENT .................................................................................. 8

    6.0 CULVERT DESIGN RECOMMENDATIONS .................................................................. 9

    7.0 MITIGATIONS MEASURES ..........................................................................................10

    8.0 PERMITTING RECOMMENDATIONS ..........................................................................11 8.1 OTHER CONSIDERATIONS .........................................................................................12

    9.0 DISCLAIMER AND LIMITATIONS ................................................................................12

    10.0 CLOSURE .....................................................................................................................12

    11.0 REFERENCES ..............................................................................................................13

    LIST OF TABLES Table 1 Project Components ........................................................................................... 5 Table 2 Mitigation Measures ...........................................................................................10

    LIST OF FIGURES Figure 1 Otter Point Road Widening Project Location Map ............................................... 2 Figure 2 Historic Fish Capture Data and Field Observations ............................................. 7

    LIST OF APPENDICES

    APPENDIX A SITE PHOTOS ........................................................................................... A.1

    APPENDIX B STREAM REPORTS .................................................................................. B.1

  • OTTER POINT ROAD SHOULDER WIDENING

    Introduction May 16, 2019

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    1.0 INTRODUCTION

    Stantec Consulting Ltd. (Stantec) was retained by the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MoTI) to provide a habitat assessment of an unnamed watercourse at the site of a single culvert replacement (Figure 1) and to assist with the associated environmental permitting. This technical data report has been prepared to characterize the biophysical environment of the unnamed watercourse using both information collected from a desktop background review as well as an on-site assessment. Recommendations for culvert design and mitigation measures to be implemented during construction, based on the results of the site assessment, are provided.

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    Notes1. Coordinate System: NAD 1983 UTM Zone 10N2. Data Sources: DataBC, Government of British Columbia;Natural Resources Canada

    Disclaimer: Stantec assumes no responsibility for data supplied in electronic format. The recipient accepts full responsibility for verifying the accuracy and completeness of the data. The recipient releases Stantec, its officers, employees, consultants and agents, from any and all claims arising in any way from the content or provision of the data.

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  • OTTER POINT ROAD SHOULDER WIDENING

    Regulatory Context May 16, 2019

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    2.0 REGULATORY CONTEXT

    Work around watercourses in British Columbia is primarily governed by:

    • The Federal Fisheries Act, Sections 35 (serious harm to fish) and 36 (deleterious substances); • The BC Water Sustainability Act (WSA); and, • The Fish-Stream Crossing Guidebook.

    2.1 THE FISHERIES ACT

    The Fisheries Act, administered by Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) contains two key provisions (Sections 35 and 36) aimed at protecting fish and fish habitat important for commercial, recreational and Aboriginal (CRA) fisheries:

    Section 35(1): protects the productivity and sustainability of CRA fisheries by requiring projects to avoid causing ‘serious harm to fish’ unless authorized by DFO. This applies to work being conducted in or near water that support CRA fisheries, such as the Pacific Ocean. ‘Serious harm to fish’ is defined as “the death of fish or any permanent alteration to, or destruction of fish habitat”. Section 35 (1) of the Fisheries Act prohibits work from causing serious harm to fish that are part of a CRA fishery, or to fish that support such a fishery.

    Section 36 (3): protects the health of fish and fish habitat through pollution prevention by prohibiting the deposition of deleterious substances into waters frequented by fish. The Fisheries Act defines deleterious substance as, “any substance that, if added to any water, would degrade or alter or form part of a process of degradation or alteration of the quality of that water so that it is rendered or is likely to be rendered deleterious to fish or fish habitat or to the use by man of fish that frequent that water.”

    Certain types of project activities do not require DFO review or approval if best practices and prescribed mitigation measures are applied; however, such projects are still required to avoid ‘serious harm to fish’ and impacts to species listed under the Species at Risk Act (SARA).

    2.2 THE WATER SUSTAINABILITY ACT

    Under the WSA, “changes in and about a stream” means “any modification to the nature of the stream, including any modification of the land, vegetation and natural environment of a stream or the flow of water in a stream, or any activity or construction within a stream channel that has or may have an impact on a stream or stream channel”. Activities which may cause these changes require either an approval or notification under Section 11 of the WSA depending on the activity:

    • Approvals: written authorization for changes in and about a stream that are of a complex nature. • Notifications: used for low risk changes specified in Part 3 of the Water Sustainability Regulation,

    that have limited impact on the environment or third parties.

  • OTTER POINT ROAD SHOULDER WIDENING

    Project Components May 16, 2019

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