Water Board Asks Senior Government “Why so slow to act on mussels” – Requests Meeting

Kelowna, B.C. – With public support growing for action from senior levels of government on invasive mussels, and with word that Alberta now has inspection stations, the Okanagan Basin Water Board is asking senior levels of government “what’s taking so long?”

“We have been sounding the alarm for two years now, warning of the threat invasive zebra and quagga mussels pose to the Okanagan and elsewhere,” said Doug Findlater, OBWB Chair. “Our research indicates the cost could be more than $43 million a year to just manage this problem. And while we have launched our Don’t Move a Mussel campaign to raise awareness, and promoted the outreach of others and the ‘Clean, Drain, Dry’ message, we need concrete action. The only organizations in a position to do this effectively are the provincial and federal government.”

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