Public Comment Period on Intent to Make a Determination
Vernon Rifle Range Geotechnical Investigation

March 6, 2020 — The Department of National Defence must decide whether the proposed Vernon Rifle Range Geotechnical Investigation is likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.

To help inform this decision, the Department of National Defence is inviting comments from the public on the project and its potential effects on the environment. All comments received will be considered public. For more information, individuals should consult the Privacy Notice on the Registry website.

Written comments must be submitted by March  15, 2020 to:

Major Ward Trythall, Officer Commanding Real Property Operations Unit (Pacific) Detachment Chilliwack
5535 Korea Road
Chilliwack BC V2R  5P2
E-mail Address:

The Proposed Project

A contractor will be hired to excavate/drill an estimated 3 boreholes and 4 test pits in order to conduct a geotechnical review to inform potential future rifle range development. An access road (roughly estimated at 200m2 in length) will need to be developed to drill boreholes, and landings at each borehole site that are 6 x 6 metres in size. Current exact locations are unknown and there may be more added with additional mitigation measures identified in site specific planning. Tet pits are expected to be no deeper than 5 metres (likely 1-2 m wide x 4m long); test pits will be backfilled with excavated native material. Boreholes (15-50 m in depth) will be decommissioned as per British Columbia Groundwater Regulations where piezometers are not installed. The project will take place between March-May 2020.

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