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The Ministry of Highways is planning to build some rock spurs (or groynes), which are ridges of rock, out into the river from the north side of the North Saskatchewan River.
As part of this proposed work, three rock spurs approximately 26 metres long and 150 metres apart, and built up to a height of approximately two and half metres above the river bed are planned to be built. The spurs will help to enhance fish habitat in the area. They will be located approximately eight kilometres south of the town of Maymont, just east of the old Maymont Ferry Crossing. Because the rock spurs are planned to be constructed in the river, approval must be granted by the federal Minister of Transport. Part of that approval process included collecting comments from the public on the potential impact of this work on marine navigation in the region.
This project was part of Fisheries and Oceans Canada's authorization for another project along the North Saskatchewan River.
Transport Canada, the federal body that oversees transportation policies and programs, was collecting feedback from the public on the proposed installation of the rock spurs. If you wanted to provide comments, you were asked to visit the federal Common Project Search Registry, search for registry number 4209 or NPP File Number 2021-605109 and fill out the form. You could have also mailed your comments to:
Navigation Protection Program – Transport Canada
344 Edmonton Street
Winnipeg, MB R3C 0P6
Written comments were considered if they were received no later than November 28, 2021.
Anyone and everyone who had comments or concerns on how marine navigation could be impacted by the installation of rock spurs was welcome to share their thoughts.
Thank you to those who chose to participate.
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