Migratory Bird Habitat versus Roberts Bank Port Expansion

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proposed-expansion-of-the-roberts-bank-superport-artists-co3City of Richmond Councillor Harold Steves has been circulating this article  written by Larry Pynn from the Vancouver Sun. While the Port of Vancouver has been saying the planned $2 billion dollar container expansion at Roberts Bank located beside the BC Ferry Terminal in Tsawwassen has minimal impact on migratory shorebirds, Environment Canada is disagreeing.

Indeed, Environment Canada is saying that the planned expansion can have the “risk of significant adverse environmental effects” to the habitat of migratory shorebirds, especially western sandpipers.

It turns out that Roberts Bank is one of the most important stopover sites for migrating shorebirds on this coast. A thin, but highly productive, layer of biofilm at Roberts Bank is unlike any other in the region and is critical to fuel the breeding migration of hundreds of thousands of sandpipers to Alaska.There are no equivalent habitats within the estuary or delta to support their migration in the…

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