Water groups ask Ottawa for help in fighting mussels

The Daily Courier – December 20, 2019

The Shuswap Watershed Council and the Okanagan Basin Water Board have sent a letter to the new federal minister of fisheries and oceans, Bernadette Jordan, to express their ongoing concern about the threat of aquatic invasive zebra and quagga mussels and call for more action from the federal government.

“Every year, we experience invasive mussel-infested watercraft arriving at our borders, heading to the Okanagan, the Shuswap and other B.C. locations, with the vast majority coming from mussel-infested waters within Canada.

“And every year, our water is put at risk — for drinking, for fish and other wildlife.

“Our famous beaches, our water infrastructure, and more, is also put at risk,” said OBWB chair Sue McKortoff.

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