RAM Consulting Supports Provincial Government’s BC River Debris Clean Up Program
Project removes manmade debris from rivers after catastrophic flooding.
December 9, 2022 (Vancouver, BC): RAM Consulting, a professional service provider specializing in project and construction management and multi-disciplinary engineering services, called on its strong safety program and dedication to Indigenous engagement to oversee a major part of the BC River Debris Clean Up Program – a rapid emergency response initiative supporting community recovery from the catastrophic flooding that took place in British Columbia last year.
Following the 2021 floods, which pushed large debris into critical waterways and significantly impacted highway structures and local communities throughout BC, the provincial government funded the River Debris Clean Up Program supported by RAM’s involvement in the Cook’s Ferry Indian Band Alliance.
In February 2022, RAM quickly mobilized their team to assist in the removal and disposal of anthropogenic man-made debris deposited in rivers to ultimately enable the ecosystem to rebuild. To ensure all the communities impacted were supported, the project incorporated Indigenous oversight and engagement through monitoring and subcontracting.
RAM played a vital role in the program by providing safety and construction management services to support the safe removal of debris in BC rivers, including the Nicola, Coldwater, Tulameen, Similkameen, Fraser, Chilliwack and Coquihalla rivers. The company was responsible for the time-sensitive mobilization of equipment and collaborative methodologies that complied with landowner requirements, including First Nations governing bodies.
“RAM is proud to be part of the Province’s restoration effort to help rebuild all communities that were affected by the devastating floods. To be on the ground and see the devastation first hand provided the motivation to help communities get back to some form of normalcy. It was very rewarding to see the Province, Municipalities, First Nations, and contractors come together in a short period of time to achieve the clean-up success to date. There is still a long way to go,” said Dean Clark, Director of Major Projects at RAM.
RAM and its partners operated under a tight timeline, safely and successfully, working to remove as much high-risk debris from the rivers, and ensuring to wrap up the project before river levels increased.
Throughout the project, RAM worked closely with local First Nations communities, including Cooks Ferry Indian Band, Shaken and members nations of the Sto:lo Tribal Council.
About RAM Consulting:
RAM Consulting (RAM) is a full-service design and construction management firm founded in 2007 in Vancouver, British Columbia. Our clients trust us with the successful management of Canada’s largest infrastructure projects, from major highways to renewable energy. The dedicated professionals at RAM provide innovative, solution-oriented expertise to your projects. Our comprehensive service offerings allow our clients to engage us through all aspects of project delivery, including; multi-disciplinary engineering, project delivery and all project services like quality and safety management.
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