Promoting Best Practices to Prevent Invasive Mussels in B.C.

The Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB) is a local government agency, responsible for providing leadership on water issues that span our valley.  Advised by a cross-disciplinary council, the board delivers programs and activities to promote coordinated water management throughout the basin. The council, made up of representatives from various organizations, including those with membership in BCIA, suggested this be posted.

Professionals working in freshwater are potential vectors for invasive zebra and quagga mussels.  We need to work together in adopting best practices to help keep safe the waters we are working to protect.

Part of the work at the OBWB is invasive milfoil control in our lakes.  For 36 years, we’ve been managing the weed in five major lakes in the Okanagan using aquatic machines. We have now changed the way we do business, making sure to take precautions to prevent the spread of this and other invasive species.

Also, for the last five years we have been raising the alarm about the threat of zebra and quagga mussels to our waters through our “Don’t Move A Mussel” campaign.

For more information on best practices, including the “Clean, Drain, Dry” protocol, click here.  

Tuesday, October 24, 2017