Client: County of Norfolk
Project Description: Environmental Assessment for Long Point Causeway Ecopassages

Time Line: November 2010 to Present
Project Manager: Stephen Burnett

Client Category: Municipal
Service Category: Environmental Services

In the late fall of 2010, Norfolk County and the Long Point Biosphere Reserve Foundation enlisted the assistance of S. Burnett & Associates Ltd. (SBA) for a Schedule B Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA) study for three wildlife culverts on the Long Point Causeway. In 2006/2007 the Long Point Causeway Improvement Project Feasibility Study was initiated to develop practical short and long term solutions to address the objectives of reducing wildlife road mortality, providing for safe movement between Big Creek Marsh and Inner Bay, and restoring hydrological connections. Long Point is one of the most significant regions for Species at Risk (SAR) in Canada. The recommendation from the study was to install three wildlife culverts. Throughout the Class EA, SBA had to consider both the impact of the Long Point Causeway and the significance of the Long Point region. SBA required not only to hold an initial public meeting for the approval of the passages and a Notice of Study Commencement but also had one formal Public Information Centre to share progress and solicit feedback on study findings and recommendations. SBA is currently completing a Class EA for Norfolk Country to analyze and determine the best location for two terrestrial wildlife culverts and one more, larger, aquatic culvert under the Long Point Causeway.

This project requires extensive consultations with local residence and cottagers, the Long Point World Biosphere Reserve Foundation, the County of Norfolk, the Ministry of the Environment, the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Ministry of Transportation.

“This project will ensure the optimal location for the wildlife passages taking into account hydrology, mortality rates and habitats of the wildlife as well as community concerns.”