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North Okanagan-Shuswap MP says feds must act to stop aquatic invaders

Vernon Morning Star – June 22, 2019

A report tabled recently in the House of Commons has found the federal government’s protections of Canadian lakes and waterways against aquatic invasive species are inadequate, says North Okanagan-Shuswap MP Mel Arnold.

The report also contains recommendations directing the federal government to undertake immediate action to protect Canadian waters from aquatic invasive species.

From the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans, the report follows a study initiated by Arnold last November.

During the study, the committee received testimony from individuals and organizations from across Canada including the Okanagan Basin Water Board, Columbia-Shuswap Invasive Species Council, Shuswap Watershed Council and Invasive Species Council of BC.

“This report provides important input for the fight against aquatic invasive species across Canada,” said Arnold.

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