A Critical Assessment of Impacts on Land and Wildlife Affected by the Port Mann/Highway 1 Expansion Project Using a Geographic Information Systems Model
Highways are known as the main routes of transportation in many major metropolitan cities across Canada and North America. The maintenance of these routes are of paramount importance because many urban citizens rely on them for their transportation to fulfill their every day lives. Highway construction and maintenance is often a long and arduous process that can take much time to complete, and unfortunately in the process, many surrounding wildlife habitats may be affected.
This project will focus on 37 kilometers of Highway 1 (including the Port Mann Bridge) in Vancouver, British Columbia that has recently undergone a massive expansion to increase it's width. This expansion has had major potential impacts on the surrounding wildlife in the Metro Vancouver region, particularly the salmon habitats located in the surrounding waterbodies throughout the impacted region. The purpose of this project will be to assess the environmental and habitat impacts of the highway expansion through the use of a multi criteria analysis (MCE) model, which is the most appropriate method to use. This model will then be applied to identify and evaluate areas surrounding the highway that are at a high risk of impact from the construction. This project will evaluate the affected areas to ensure an increased effort for habitat restoration, protection and enhancement. Identifying the impacted areas within the surrounding area of the highway will assist in future habitat rehabilitation.