Restrictions on Okanagan milfoil control to protect mussels could hurt beaches

Global News – March 20, 2019

Efforts to protect an endangered species are impacting work to keep Okanagan beaches weed-free.

Invasive milfoil is regularly cleared from Okanagan lakes, especially in areas popular with visitors and locals.

However, increased efforts to protect the endangered Rocky Mountain Ridged Mussel on the lake bottom means some beachgoers could encounter a lot more weeds.

According to the Okanagan Basin Water Board, that’s because the province has dramatically increased the areas of lakes where the water board is not allowed to rototill this winter to clear milfoil in an effort to protect the mussels

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