Presentation on theme: "Permitting Issues (for Engineers) Kevin Henshaw, P. Eng. May 23, 2008."— Presentation transcript:
Permitting Issues (for Engineers) Kevin Henshaw, P. Eng. May 23, 2008
Permitting Issues Introduction Introduction Canadian Fisheries Act Canadian Fisheries Act –Department of Fisheries and Oceans Navigable Waters Protection Act Navigable Waters Protection Act –Transport Canada Water Act Water Act –Alberta Environment
DFO Operational Statements Operational Statements –Version III released –Culvert Maintenance, Bridge Maintenance, Clear Span Bridges, Temporary Crossings –New restrictions Read all measures and conditions! Read all measures and conditions!
DFO Comments from DFO Comments from DFO –Cannot approve “conceptual plans” –More information is better for faster review –Projects generally require greater than 1:1 compensation ratio –Passage depends on species General Observations General Observations –LOA / Authorizations
DFO Fish Passage Example Fish Passage Example –Common barrier to fish is steep downstream slope –Site visit can help –Class “C” –BF 71226 –BF 85148 –BF 8814
Transport Canada Use AT guidelines / Maps (Bridge Design Bulletin #1 currently under review) Use AT guidelines / Maps (Bridge Design Bulletin #1 currently under review) Determination Example – BF 71226 Determination Example – BF 71226 Application takes 8-12 months Application takes 8-12 months –Requires: “N” Drawing “N” Drawing Advertisement Advertisement Env. Assessment Env. Assessment
Transport Canada Navigability Flow Navigability Flow –Ordinary High Water –“Q2” or 1:2 year flow –Highest 10 year mean monthly flow –Elevation of permanent vegetation –Close to bank full
Transport Canada Clearance Clearance –Smaller Crossings 1.5 m Minimum for paddlers 1.5 m Minimum for paddlers –Larger Crossings 2.5 m – 3.0 m Minimum for Power Crafts 2.5 m – 3.0 m Minimum for Power Crafts –No Set Rules http://www.smh.com.au/ffximage/2007/10/24/SunPrincessBridge2_ wideweb__470x312,0.jpg
Transport Canada Future NWPA in Alberta Future NWPA in Alberta –Faster Approvals Act needs to be updated Act needs to be updated Amendments planned (likely ineffective) Amendments planned (likely ineffective) Contact Minister (Lawrence Cannon) Contact Minister (Lawrence Cannon) –Standardized Act Across Canada Alberta currently lagging in enforcement Alberta currently lagging in enforcement Restrictions on construction details – i.e. berms for pier construction Restrictions on construction details – i.e. berms for pier construction –Culvert Guidelines?
Alberta Environment Codes of Practice Codes of Practice Authorization Authorization –Eg. more than 20 m channel disturbance Exemption Exemption –Only for Centerline Culverts http://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/dpr-rmr/2006-2007/inst/dfo/dfo02-eng.asp
Alberta Environment From AE on Notifications From AE on Notifications –Email to Edmonton –Fill in all information –Cover letter helps –Provide clear map –Need specific Dates –Good for 1 year –Needed for Class “D” –Send letter for Revisions/Updates