Formed by an ancient glacier over 12,000 years ago, Burnaby Lake is a 300-hectare natural environment situated in the heart of the Vancouver bedroom community of Burnaby, BC. The surrounding ecosystem serves as the home to over 400 varieties of plants and wildlife, 16 of which are rare and endangered species. In addition, Burnaby Lake annually hosts over 300,000 recreational park users, and is a popular destination for hiking, bird watching, and water-based boating activities.
Associated Engineering and its dedicated partners developed an original technological process to re-establish the natural environment of Burnaby Lake, which had deteriorated over decades of infilling, sedimentation, and contamination. The innovative process helped to protect endangered species, and met stringent criteria for dredging, dewatering and reusing sediments as fill, and treating and recycling water back to the lake. The Burnaby Lake Rejuvenation Project has restored the lake’s valuable ecosystem for fish, wildlife, and the community.