Keeping invasive mussels out of the Columbia and BC: What’s at stake and what we can do to help

With summer just around the corner, and boating season already underway, here are some useful tips to prevent the spread of invasive zebra and quagga mussels to our pristine waterways.

Currently, there has been no reported introduction of live zebra or quagga mussels in BC lakes and waterways. These mussels pose huge detrimental economic, environmental, and recreational threats to the province of BC. The economic impact of these invasive mussels to hydropower, agricultural irrigation, municipal water supplies and recreational boating has been estimated to be $43 million per year in British Columbia.  Click on the following sentence to access the full story.

All watercraft users coming into BC are required to stop at provincial inspection stations, where decontamination may be required for potentially infested watercraft. It is mandatory to stop at the inspections stations if you are transporting any type of watercraft, including canoes, paddleboards, fishing float-waders, or any other type of boat. It is also illegal to transport invasive mussels, dead or alive, on boats or related equipment into or within BC.

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