Boating season again: Time to be vigilant about Invasive Species.
SWOA has tried to keep members informed about the dangers of Invasive Zebra and Quagga Mussels threatening our waterways. See past posts here;
The 2018 Summer Status Report from our Provincial Government is available at: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/environment/plants-animals-and-ecosystems/invasive-species/invasive-mussels/2018_interim_final_report.pdf.
Of the 38,000 boats inspected last season, 25 were confirmed to have adult invasive mussels. These came from Ontario (16), Arizona (3), Manitoba (3), Michigan (2), Utah (1), and Nevada (1). A second sniffer dog will be added for the 2019 season and there is new interest in possible dangers of float planes carrying invasive mussels.
As a waterfront property owner you can help by informing yourself and others about the risks of invasive species, how to decontaminate and preventing craft being launched that have not been inspected.
The Shuswap Watershed Council and the Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society are putting out a Media Release which can be viewed by clicking here.