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Native mussel species crimping Okanagan milfoil control plans

Vernon Morning Star – April 7, 2019 A native mussel species is creating challenges to keep the milfoil weed under control. Director Bob Fleming told the Regional District of North Okanagan board April 3 that the provincial government is reluctant

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Some Okanagan beaches left in the weeds because of protected mussels

CBC News – April 6, 2019 You may notice more weeds at some Okanagan beaches this summer since the Okanagan Basin Water Board doesn’t have a permit to rototill in areas where Rocky Mountain Ridged Musselshave been discovered. For the past 40 years, it

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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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Feds not strong on mussels

Castanet – April 2, 2019 North Okanagan-Shuswap Conservative MP Mel Arnold says Ottawa is not doing enough to protect fresh-water lakes in Western Canada. Arnold is calling on the federal government to initiate immediate responses to an audit released today examining

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North Okanagan-Shuswap MP calls for response to failing invasive species program

Vernon Morning Star – April 2, 2019 North Okanagan- Shuswap MP Mel Arnold is calling on the federal government to initiate immediate responses to an audit released Tuesday, examining aquatic invasive species (AIS). The audit was performed by the Commissioner

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Canada is not doing enough to prevent mussel movement: Report

InfoTel – April 2, 2019 A new report has criticized the lack of action by the federal government to prevent aquatic invasive species entering local waterways. The report released today, Apr. 2, by the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development criticizes

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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

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Okanagan Water Board calls for B.C. legislation to protect B.C. waters from invasive mussels

Kelowna, B.C. – The Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB) is renewing a call for legislation that would require all out-of-province watercraft to be inspected for invasive zebra and quagga mussels before launching in B.C. waters. The call was sent in

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B.C. invasive mussel fight continues into fall season

InfoNews.ca – September 19, 2018 The battle for funding to keep invasive mussels out of B.C. lakes continues as another boating season winds down for the year. Okanagan Basin Water Board communications director Corinne Jackson says their request for federal

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20 mussel-fouled watercraft prevented from entering B.C. this summer

Keremeos Review – September 13, 2018 Inspection stations, when they are open, are helping in the prevention of keeping invasive mussels from harming Okanagan area lakes. Since inspection stations opened in the province on April 1, 20 mussel-fouled watercraft were

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Invasion of the mussels

Castanet – August 23, 2018

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More needs to be done on invasive mussels

Dan Albas, MP in the Kelowna Daily Courier – August 22, 2018 I have often said that the wheels of Ottawa tend to turn quite slowly. One of the issues I worked on in the last Parliament was the need

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More money needed for fight against mussels

Kelowna Daily Courier – August 21, 2018

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Call to action on mussels

Castanet – August 20, 2018 The Okanagan Basin Water Board is calling for more help to keep invasive mussels out of B.C. waters. “We are gravely concerned about the impact zebra and quagga mussels would have on the Okanagan and Western

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Water Board Wants More From Feds Against Mussels

Beach Radio Vernon – August 17, 2018 The Okanagan Basin Water Board says it’s good news the federal government is putting more money towards keeping invasive mussels out of BC waters. But it’s also sending the government a prioritized list

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