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OVERVIEW PRESENTED BY ALLEN DOMAAS, PPM PRINCIPAL - NORDIC STAR SERVICES LTD. DIRECTOR – FRASER RIVER DISCOVERY CENTRE Surrey Board of Trade and New Westminster.

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1 OVERVIEW PRESENTED BY ALLEN DOMAAS, PPM PRINCIPAL - NORDIC STAR SERVICES LTD. DIRECTOR – FRASER RIVER DISCOVERY CENTRE Surrey Board of Trade and New Westminster Chamber of Commerce Fraser River Business Dialogue

2 My Biases  A free market creates wealth and growth  A free market does not make the “best” decisions if only pursuing “share holder value.”  Infrastructure development should be the role the government in the market place  The Asia Pacific Gateway is real but not embraced by municipal government

3 Presentation Navigation in the Fraser River Dredging Fraser River Crossings Land Use Adjacent the Fraser River Asia Pacific Gateway Opportunities An advertisement

4 Navigation in the Fraser River Fraser River is dynamic – “never” in equilibrium Lower Fraser is a “managed” regime Original management targets supported human habitation and farming Once “managed” no one took responsibility for “overall maintenance” Managers –  Vancouver Fraser Port Authority – Land use/Trade Growth  Province of BC – Water Management  Municipal – Dyke Maintenance

5 Navigation in the Fraser River - Dredging Is dredging in the lower Fraser River in support of river management or navigation? Is there a need for both river management and navigation? Who funds dredging is THE issue in the dredging discussion

6 Fraser River Crossings Question – Do we respect past decisions? Fact – Fraser River Crossings create a declining “air draft” and “navigation draft” mouth to Mission. Fact – Railway crossings “limit” beam clearances and inhibit the full usage of the “air” and “navigation” envelope. Question – How do we “maximize” the navigation envelope in the Fraser?

7 Land Use Adjacent the Fraser River Port’s early Vision – shot rock banks and industry to the Mouth of the Fraser Wildlife Preservationist’s Vision – an estuary alive with fish and waterfowl REALITY – the River runs through the most densely occupied region in the Province of BC WHO must lead the discussion foreshore usage?

8 Asia Pacific Gateway Observations FACT – Asia Pacific Gateway is REAL FACT – Federal and Provincial governments have invested Billions of dollars FACT – Municipalities are indifferent FACT – Public would rather not be “inconvenienced” by the Gateway What can be done to integrate the Gateway into the Region?

9 Opportunities Short Sea Shipping – If we are to have a Livable Region we must have Short Sea Shipping River Tourism – Few residents of the region have seen the region from the water side of the dyke Transit – If we are to stimulate the bike and walking we need alternate places and methods to cross the river. Small Vessel Services – why is it there are so few places for recreational boats to land and visit our Cities?

10 Fraser River Discovery Centre FACT – Few organizations consider the entire Fraser River, most express their concern in respect to a very small portion of the river The CENTRE is:  An educational resource  A catalyst for dialogue  A Voice for the Fraser River Opportunity – help the Centre Grow!

11 Thank you Allen Domaas Principal Nordic Star Services Ltd


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