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Climate change brings higher numbers of invasive aquatic plants in Okanagan

Kelowna Capital News – April 3, 2019 A warming planet is allowing invasive plants to thrive in Okanagan lakes. James Littley, operations and grants manager with the Okanagan Basin Water Board, said milfoil thrives and spreads in warmer waters, which

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Mussel sniffing dogs

Castanet – April 16, 2017 The Okanagan and Similkameen Invasive Species Society is hosting a free public forum on invasive mussels this month in Penticton Among the speakers are Stephanie Hester, coordinator of the Montana Invasive Species Council, who will talk

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Okanagan Water Board welcomes provincial effort to protect BC from invasive mussels

Kelowna, B.C. – The Okanagan Basin Water Board applauds the Province of B.C. and several partners who have come forward to help establish the inspection stations it has been pushing for since 2012 to help prevent the spread of invasive

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Battling invasive species? Release the hounds (and drones)

February 2, 2016 – Vancouver Sun Dogs and drones are the latest weapons in the fight against invasive species, a global problem estimated to cause more than $1 trillion in harm annually to terrestrial and aquatic landscapes. Cindy Sawchuk, a

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International Water Forum returns to Osoyoos – drought, mussels, climate top agenda

Kelowna, B.C. – With a drought still gripping parts of B.C. and Washington, concerns over the possibility of a costly mussel invasion, and more, community members and agencies on both sides of the border are coming together to talk.  The

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Tools to Fight Invasive Species

MPs Ron Cannan and Dan Albas were in Kelowna Friday to announce proposed regulations to battle invasive aquatic species. The regulatory framework would give provinces and territories new tools to prevent the introduction of these types of species to Canada,

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Invasive species costly to environment

Castanet  – February 25, 2014 Invasive species are sadly not new to Okanagan-Coquihalla. Cattle Ranchers have battled with the loss of valuable grazing lands on account of invasive weeds as much as fruit growers and farmers know the frustration of

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Prevent invasive species from gaining a toehold

Kelowna Capital News – June 13, 2013 Three different organizations are campaigning to prevent the spread of zebra and quagga mussels into B.C. waters, the Okanagan and Similkameen Invasive Species Society, the Okanagan Basin Water Board and the Invasive Species

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