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Okanagan Water Board brings mussel-prevention proposal to B.C. Environment Minister

Kelowna, B.C. – Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB) directors, who were in Vancouver for the annual Union of BC Municipalities convention along with officials from the new B.C. government, took the opportunity to talk invasive zebra and quagga mussels. Several

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Okanagan Water Board applauds BC mussel prevention program expansion

Kelowna, B.C. – The Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB) welcomes the B.C. government’s announcement today which will significantly improve protection of provincial waters from invasive zebra and quagga mussels. “We were very pleased to be at today’s announcement,” said OBWB

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With B.C. budget announcement on the way – Okanagan pushes province to make invasive mussels a priority

Kelowna, B.C. – As the Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB) watches the fall-out of the discovery of invasive mussels in Montana, only a few hours’ drive from B.C., and with news that the B.C. Government is getting ready to announce

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Mussel checks get support

July 22, 2016 – 107.5 KissFM A Vernon program to prevent invasive species from entering local waterways, could catch on in other Okanagan communities. RCMP volunteers are checking boats for zebra and quagga mussels during safety checks at Paddlewheel Park on weekends

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Mussel findings raise concern

July 8, 2016 – Vernon Morning Star Boats carrying invasive mussels are being found and that has local officials calling for additional resources. Of the 6,100 boats inspected so far this year in B.C., 240 came from high-risk jurisdictions and

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Mussels require greater response

July 8, 2016 – Vernon Morning Star The provincial government boasts a lot about how it’s preventing invasive mussels from taking hold in B.C. lakes. But the reality is it’s not enough. “We’re having close calls,” said Doug Findlater Okanagan

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Water board pushes for longer hours for mussel inspection stations

July 5, 2016 – Global Okanagan The Okanagan Basin Water Board wants the provincial government to expand the hours of mobile inspection stations where highway travellers entering the province with boats are checked for invasive mussel species. “They’ve done an

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Mussel searches find contaminated boats, prompting calls for stronger inspection program

June 22, 2016 – Osoyoos Times Provincial inspections for invasive mussels that started April 1 are finding a disturbing number of suspect and contaminated boats coming to the Okanagan. This has prompted the Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB) to call

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Inspection stats show stronger mussel defence needed, says Okanagan Water Board

Kelowna, B.C. – Provincial mussel inspection stations only opened April 1, but already the stats show the need for a stronger program says the Okanagan Basin Water Board. As such, the OBWB has sent letters to the Province of B.C.

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Okanagan water board: not enough being done to stop mussels

June 10, 2016 – Kelowna Capital News The Okanagan Basin Water Board is calling for a stronger inspection program to keep invasive mussels out B.C. waterways. Provincial mussel inspection stations only opened April 1, but already the stats show the

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More muscle need in fight against mussels

June 10, 2016 – Global Okanagan It’s a good effort but not good enough. That’s the position of the Okanagan Basin Water Board regarding provincial government initiatives to prevent invasive zebra and quagga mussels from entering BC waterways. The OBWB

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Inspection station frustration

April 15, 2016 – Castanet Confusion over where an invasive mussel inspection station will be set up is causing problems in Osoyoos. According to David Karn with the Ministry of Environment, a recent announcement that one of the eight inspection station would

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Penticton location of mussel inspection base should not be a concern, say OBWB and provincial officials

April 13, 2016 – Osoyoos Times The decision to base a permanent inspection and decontamination station for invasive mussels in Penticton rather than Osoyoos is not a concern for the Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB). James Littley, OBWB operations and

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Boating season drives mussel warning

April 10, 2016 – Vernon Morning Star Boaters are heading back on to local lakes and they’re being urged to keep unwelcome invaders from hitching a ride. Awareness about quagga and zebra mussels is being spread as the boats go

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Province steps up mussel interception, but non-government sector pays the bill

April 6, 2016 – Osoyoos Times The B.C. government has stepped up its program to intercept invasive zebra and quagga mussels entering the province with eight permanent mandatory inspection stations near the Alberta and U.S. borders. The station serving the

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