Okanagan Water Board directors return hopeful after mussel meeting in Ottawa

Kelowna, B.C. – Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB) directors are back from their invasive mussel meeting in Ottawa and are looking for significant movement from the federal government on this file.

Directors were in our nation’s capital for the annual Federation of Canadian Municipalities conference and took the opportunity to meet with several officials to discuss invasive zebra and quagga mussels and ask for stronger support on this issue. The contingent reported back on the discussion at this week’s board meeting.

“They were very welcoming and open to what we had to say,” said Tracy Gray. The OBWB Chair was joined by Vice-Chair Juliette Cunningham, Dir. and Past-Chair Doug Findlater, and Dir. Peter Waterman. Also at the meeting was Burnaby North-Seymour MP Terry Beech who is also Parliamentary Secretary to the Min. of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), Nicholas Winfield – Director General Ecosystems Management for DFO, Ashraf Amlani – DFO Special Assistant for the Pacific – West Coast, and Kelowna-Lake Country MP Stephen Fuhr.

 

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