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Living Dike
Pilot Project

Rising sea levels, king tides and coastal storms threaten legislated dikes that protect highways and rail infrastructure while squeezing the critical salt marsh habitat that provides not only key environmental features but also wave attenuation to mitigate flood risk and erosion from coastal storms.

Main Project Contact: Gillian.Fuss@emplans.ca

Project Partners

The Project

The Living Dike Pilot (Foreshore Enhancement Pilot) is an inter-jurisdictional project between Semiahmoo First Nation, City of Surrey and City of Delta ​under the Coastal Flood Adaptation Strategy (CFAS) with ongoing coordination by West Coast Environmental Law and EPS. The City of Surrey acquired Disaster Mitigation Adaptation Funding for this initiative to pilot the implementation of a coastal flood protection system that also protects and enhances existing and future coastal and aquatic ecosystems. 

The pilot project is located in the upper intertidal marsh areas of western Boundary Bay and Mud Bay along popular recreational shoreline and a vital watershed ecosystem for marine and terrestrial flora and fauna and critical habitat for migratory shorebirds. Rising sea levels, king tides and coastal storms threaten legislated dikes that protect highways and rail infrastructure while squeezing the critical salt marsh habitat that provides not only key environmental features but also wave attenuation to mitigate flood risk and erosion from coastal storms.

Find out more on the CFAS project, background and resources on the City of Surrey website.

Project Contact: Gillian Fuss, gillian.fuss@emplans.ca

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