Pink may be the Panther in Future Mussel Tussle

Invasive zebra and quagga mussels have not reached Alberta’s waters yet, but the nasty species’ steady spread north from the United States and west from Lake Winnipeg has Alberta’s water users on edge.

The mussels propagate quickly and can clog water systems, destroy lake and river ecosystems and cause millions in damage. They are difficult to control and kill and no chemicals are registered in Canada to treat them.

Enter The Pink.  Potash, known for its pink colour, is being tested by Alberta Agriculture and the Eastern Irrigation District as a treatment for invasive mussels in irrigation infrastructure.  Click on the following sentence to access the full story.

It has been used on mussels in Lake Winnipeg with limited effect. However, researchers want to see if a formulation held in a pipeline for several hours would kill mussels.


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