Council encourages action on mussels

Sicamous Eagle Valley News – May 7, 2014

Sicamous council is encouraging B.C.’s environment ministry to put some muscle into protecting local lakes from invasive mussels.

Council recently received a copy of a letter from the Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB) addressed to Premier Christy Clark and her environment minister Mary Polak, urging action to prevent invasive zebra and quagga mussels from entering the province. The board states the mussels could irrevocably harm the province, and have a negative impact on water intakes, outfalls, boats and docks.

The letter then refers to a March 12 incident where a Canadian border official noticed invasive mussels on the hull of a boat from the U.S. that was supposed to be launched in Okanagan Lake.

While the vessel was decontaminated, the board states there is currently no federal legislation preventing a mussel-infested boat from entering Canada, and a provincial plan for preventing invasive mussels has not yet been complete.

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