Flexing federal mussels

Castanet – May 11, 2017

While many people are worried at the moment about too much water in the Okanagan Valley, there are also concerns about the future of area lakes – in particular the threat of zebra and quagga mussels.

A delegation from the Okanagan Basin Water Board sets out for talks in Ottawa at the end of the month.

OBWB chair Tracy Gray, vice chair Juliette Cunningham and directors Doug Findlater and Peter Waterman will be attending a conference in the nation’s capital but are also expected to meet Fisheries and Oceans Minister Dominic LeBlanc. The meeting will take place on June 1, said Cunningham.

The water board has been asking the federal government to enhance border inspections and allocate funding to improve mussel education, containment and prevention.

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