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Fraser River Debris Trap

posted on 9:02 AM, December 17, 2012

The Fraser River debris trap, located near Agassiz in the Fraser Valley, is a uniquely designed set of floating booms that intercepts large volumes of natural wood debris (45-55,000 cubic metres on average) during spring high water. Without the trap, woody debris would move into the lower reaches of the river and Strait of Georgia, posing a risk to human safety, navigation and foreshore structures.

A 2006 study commissioned by FBC shows that the trap offers widespread public benefits, avoids at least $8 million in costs of clean-up and repairs, and pays for itself 12 times over.

FBC was secretariat for the Fraser River Debris Trap Operating Committee for 12 years and worked to secure multi-party funding agreements to operate the facility. The future of the trap was secured when the Province of BC and Port Metro Vancouver stepped up a long-term funding and management agreement, beginning in April 2011.

Greening BC’s Fleets

posted on 8:58 AM, December 17, 2012

Over the years, FBC has partnered on key initiatives to help public and private sector fleets increase efficiency and lower emissions. We have assisted in:

  • the testing of alternative technologies and fuels by fleets
  • roll-out of BC’s first big rig enviroTrucks to showcase high efficiency engines and auxiliary devices
  • introduction of BC’s first electric vehicles into fleet operations
  • a provincial network of electric vehicle charging stations by administering provincial incentives.

At a national level, FBC has created E3 Fleet, Canada’s only program for reviewing and rating the green performance of fleets. Today E3 Fleet has 120 public and private sector member organizations or divisions, operating more than 50,000 vehicles. Learn more about our work with fleets.

Britannia Mine

posted on 8:56 AM, December 17, 2012

In 1998 the FBC helped bring public attention to a serious pollution problem at the old Britannia Mine site, located partway between Vancouver and Whistler.

An active copper mine from 1902 to 1974, Britannia Mine became the largest single point source metal contamination problem in North America. Acid Rock Drainage from the old mine had severely damaged marine life in Howe Sound. Contaminated water, soil and sediments at the site were also a significant obstacle to the long-term economic and social development in the community.

FBC invited all orders of government, private sector bodies and the community to come together on a solution. As a result of that early work, later negotiations among the parties, and new contaminated sites legislation, progress was made. A settlement agreement was reached between the Province and mine owners.

A new water treatment facility was built in 2005, and the results were worth it. Today, Britannia Beach is a vital, healthy community. And by 2011 Pink salmon were once again beginning to appear in the area — something hardly imaginable a decade ago! Read more.

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About the Fraser Basin Council

The Fraser Basin Council (FBC) is a charitable non-profit organization that brings people together to advance sustainability in the Fraser River Basin and throughout BC. Established in 1997, FBC is a collaboration of four orders of government (federal, provincial, local and First Nations) along with those from the private sector and civil society. We work with people in multiple sectors, helping them find collaborative solutions to today’s issues through a commitment to the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainability. Our focus is on healthy water and watersheds, action on climate change and air quality and strong, resilient communities and regions.

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FBC has offices in Vancouver, Kamloops, Williams Lake, Quesnel and Prince George. We also have staff located in Abbotsford and Vernon.

To reach us, see FBC Offices and FBC Staff.

Our main office is:

Fraser Basin Council
1st Floor, 470 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 1V5

T: 604 488-5350
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