Implementation of the North Fraser Harbour Environmental Management Plan

by Gary L. Williams, G.L. Williams & Associates Ltd, Coquitlam, Canada,
George W. Colquhoun, G.L. Williams & Associates Ltd, Coquitlam, Canada,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '91

Abstract: Since 1913, The North Fraser Harbour Commission (NFHC) has been responsible for administering the Port of North Fraser. This responsibility is especially challenging because the port is located in the centre of a major metropolitan area of British Columbia in the heart of one of the Pacific Coast's most productive estuaries, the Fraser River estuary. Harbour management is further complicated by severe external pressures such as residential development of industrial lands, recreational requirements of an expanding urban population, water quality degradation from point and non-point sources, and the environmental concern of the public. To underline its commitment to meet the challenge of balancing economy and environment, the NFHC has been one of the five executive agencies of the Fraser River Estuary Management Program (FREMP) and in 1988, in conjunction with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), established the North Fraser Harbour Environmental Management Plan. Presently the NFHC is in the midst of developing a strategic plan to guide the future development and operation of the North Fraser Harbour. This paper reviews the initiatives completed to-date and the work being undertaken as part of the North Fraser Harbour Environmental Management Plan. As well, the implementation strategy of using an 'ecological perspective' to determine the most appropriate harbour development is described.

Subject Headings: Ports and harbors | Environmental issues | Estuaries | Rivers and streams | Fish management | Water quality | Municipal water | Water-based recreation | North America | British Columbia | Canada

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