Board asks Ottawa to flex muscles on mussels

January 17, 2016 – Vernon Morning Star

Ottawa is being pressured to stop the potential invasion of mussels in the Okanagan.

The Okanagan Basin Water Board has written a letter to several ministers in the new Liberal government about the risk of zebra and quagga mussels.

“We want to make them aware of the need for a significant investment (in prevention),” said Juliette Cunningham, an OBWB and Regional District of North Okanagan director.

Since the mussels have taken hold across the U.S. and throughout Manitoba, the OBWB has been concerned they will appear in Kalamalka, Okanagan and other lakes.

“We have to throw a lot of resources into preventing them from moving further west,” said Cunningham.

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