As the dredging of the Fraser River continues this fall, Delta South MLA Vicki Huntington called on the province last week to come up with a long-term plan for local waterways.
"The economic output of the lower Fraser River is equivalent, in both tonnage and jobs, to Canada's St. Lawrence Seaway," she said in the legislature last week. "This economic engine is dependent on continued, safe navigation, and safe navigation is absolutely dependent on dredging."
Until 1998, dredging of all channels was a federal responsibility. In 1999, the port authority took over dredging only the main navigational channel, which resulted in silt building up in the many secondary channels.