It’s a challenge to get people concerned about a problem no one can see.
Yet, this problem would affect everyone if it’s not prevented, from boaters to sun-bathers and swimmers; from water utilities to industry; and everyone else who uses the lakes in any way.
In the Okanagan, it’s estimated that an invasion of alien zebra or quagga mussels would cost at least $42 million a year for at least the first few years, just to try and manage it—and in lost revenue.
Once established, they’re impossible to eradicate.
In today’s close-up, Capital News reporter Judie Steeves looks at how a microscopic non-native species could turn our lives upside down.