- Jan 05 11:48 am
The Structural Engineer whose name I had posted on my linked web page did not answer my inquiry on this, but at his request, another City engineer more closely involved with recent goings on affecting the Burrard Bridge replied this morning (Jan 5). See below the meat of that response:
The City retained experts in this field (Golder Associates) to review the project, assess the existing habitat and develop an exclusion netting and monitoring plan. That plan was reviewed and modified to include the feedback we received from provincial wildlife experts. The bird netting was installed in 2015 after the nesting season was over, and Golder conducted surveys on both the Granville Bridge and the Burrard Bridge in 2015, 2016 and 2017. The monitoring results (copy of report attached) indicate that there was a relocation from Burrard to Granville and that the nesting numbers have increased significantly in 2017. Golder also advises that there is space for additional nests on the Granville Bridge.
Please note that our current Burrard Bridge contractor removed the bird exclusion netting above the Aquatic Centre parking lot late last year.
The City will be replacing the Marine Fenders for the Burrard Bridge in 2018. The City also needs to repaint the structural steel portion of the Burrard Bridge (the section between the two main towers) in the next few years. The repainting work would require the removal of any nests that are located in the structural steel portion of the Burrard Bridge. The retention of the bird exclusion netting in the structural steel portion of the Burrard Bridge would ensure that nesting cormorants are not disturbed a second time. A decision on when the bird exclusion netting under the steel structure will be removed will be made once the timing of the steel structure repainting has been determined.
In short, the City does not plan to give the Pelagic Cormorants that nesting habitat back any time soon. Whether they actually do, in the end, may well depend on public input.
Thanks to those who may have contacted any of the City officials I listed on this matter.