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Mary’s Harbour breakwater project takes a step forward

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans’ (DFO) small craft harbours is looking to build a breakwater in Mary's Harbour and has registered the project wit the provincial government for environmental assessment.
The Department of Fisheries and Oceans’ (DFO) small craft harbours is looking to build a breakwater in Mary's Harbour. - Google maps

The Mary’s Harbour breakwater project has been released by Municipal Affairs and Environment Minister Andrew Parsons subject to the following condition:

• An environmental protection plan (EPP) for the project shall be submitted to and approved by the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Environment prior to the commencement of project construction. The EPP shall include, but not be limited to, a description of the following:

  • measures that will be undertaken to minimize/eliminate adverse environmental effects onland and in-water during project construction, including measures to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species into and/or out of the bay;
  • measures that will be undertaken to minimize and control the release or resuspension of sediments or contaminants resulting from in-water activities to ensure compliance with the Canadian Environmental Quality Guidelines. The Guidelines which recommend that human activities should not cause suspended solids levels to increase by more than 10 per cent of the natural conditions expected at the time;
  • the presence of eelgrass beds that may be effected by the project and measures that will be undertaken to protect eelgrass beds and coastal wetlands during project construction;
  • features of the project that demonstrate the incorporation of climate change projections into the project design; and
  • a commitment to have a spill kit onsite during project construction.

The proponent of this project is Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Small Craft Harbours.

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