Presentation on theme: "OVERVIEW PRESENTED BY ALLEN DOMAAS, PPM PRINCIPAL - NORDIC STAR SERVICES LTD. DIRECTOR – FRASER RIVER DISCOVERY CENTRE Surrey Board of Trade and New Westminster."— Presentation transcript:
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
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
Presentation Navigation in the Fraser River Dredging Fraser River Crossings Land Use Adjacent the Fraser River Asia Pacific Gateway Opportunities An advertisement
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
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
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?
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?
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?
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?
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!
Thank you Allen Domaas Principal Nordic Star Services Ltd