A letter to the provincial government will likely be the next step in Richmond’s efforts to eradicate an aquatic plant that has invaded a waterway in Steveston and threatens a nearby wetland.
The staff recommendation to send the letter requesting that the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations get involved immediately and allocate money to fighting the Brazilian elodea infestation was endorsed by all members of the general purposes committee last week, of which the mayor and all councillors are members. Click on the following sentence to access the full story.
Gail Wallin, executive director of the Invasive Species Council of B.C., said a second invasive aquatic plant called parrot feather is also a problem in Richmond. Like Brazilian elodea, it comes from aquariums.