Update - Feb 23, 17
We have reported on the devastating consequences for the Shuswap if Quagga or Zebra mussels were introduced to the lake we love so much (see the articles and other information available on our website). Your Board members attended a presentation to the Shuswap Watershed Council by Martina Beck, the Invasive Species Program Coordinator for the Ministry of Environment. Ms Beck added to the information we have posted on the website and in particular outlined the Provinces efforts to inspect any boats being transported into BC from eastern and central Canada and the United States. Quaggga and Zebra mussels have been found in Ontario, Quebec and Manitoba in Canada and in the eastern and southern US and most recently in Montana. While mussels cannot be carried across the continental divide naturally (by flowing water), they can be transported in boats if the boats have spent time in infected waters.
In an effort to prevent the transfer of these mussels into BC waters, the Province has put in place inspection stations at road crossings from both Alberta and across the US-Canada border into BC. Boats are inspected at these stations and if deemed necessary, cleaned and dryed. If infected, boats will also be quarantined for 30 days, the period during which any mussels or their spawn will die if kept dry. We think that this is an important program that has been developed by the Province and encourage you to let our Provincial MP’s know that this work is important and should be supported in the long term.