Featured Project

Former Fraser Cedar Mill Site Remediation and Restoration

Maple Ridge, BC

An extremely successful joint venture project, undertaken in 4 phases, over 3 years, creating long lasting beneficial land use for the Kwantlen First Nation

The Fraser Cedar site is an important foreshore area on Kwantlen Indian Reserve No. 1, in Whonnock. Adjacent to the Fraser River and Whonnock Creek, it was an area traditionally used by ancestors of the Kwantlen people, and continues to be an important area for Kwantlen’s future generations. Seyem’Qwantlen and Milestone Environmental Contracting Inc. established a joint venture to complete the Remediation and Restoration of the Former Fraser Cedar Mill Site. This tough job presented numerous technical challenges that were overcome through teamwork between Seyem’Qwantlen and Milestone. The partners worked collaboratively and respectfully with government funding and various consultants to ensure a successful remedial project.

Type of Work
  • Soil and Groundwater Remediation
Key Services
  • Contaminated Soil; Excavation and Disposal
  • Water management
  • Brownfield
  • Groundwater treatment and management
  • Design and Construction of Slope Stabilization
  • Foreshore water based demolition.
Key Highlights

This project was unique in that standard measures of project success such as completed on budget and on time, although important, needed to be considered along with the direct involvement of Kwantlen, through Seyem’Qwantlen Business Group, and the fact that land was to be repaired and returned to Kwantlen.

This is truly an excellent, challenging and successful project and a source of pride for all involved. The process of developing the joint venture and securing multiple phases of remedial/restoration work at the site has not only enabled Kwantlen FN to take back control of their land, but also allowed them to play an integral role in the remediation / restoration process. Kwantlen FN has been involved in all aspects of the project, all with an eye to future sustainable site development. This project has enabled Kwantlen FN to honor their land by repairing the damage that was done to it, and through projects like Fraser Cedar, Kwantlen FN is working to build strong environmental governance of their lands.

The project was undertaken in four distinct phases:

  1. Remedial Excavation / Backfill / Water Treatment
  2. Slope Stabilization
  3. Water based Demolition
  4. Foreshore Sediment Removal / Remediation

This project was shortlisted for a BC EMA award in 2018.


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