In addition to check points on our highways the Invasive Mussel Defence Program includes early detection monitoring of lakes in BC. Columbia-Shuswap Invasive Species Society does the sampling in our region.
The Province has been conducting early detection lake monitoring for zebra and quagga mussels since 2011. British Columbia is one of the many jurisdictions across North America conducting early detection monitoring and active prevention efforts for invasive mussels.
In 2018, over 800 samples were collected from lakes throughout B.C. and all samples tested negative for the presence of invasive mussels (see map here). In 2018, samples were collected by ENV and FLNRO regional staff, BC Hydro, the Boundary Invasive Species Society (BISS), Central Kootenay Invasive Species Society (CKISS), Columbia-Shuswap Invasive Species Society (CSISS), Christina Lake Stewardship Society (CLSS), East Kootenay Invasive Species Society (EKISS), Okanagan and Similkameen Invasive Species Society (OASISS), Northwest Invasive Plant Council (NWIPC), Sea to Sky Invasive Species Council (SSISC), Lillooet Regional Invasive Species Society (LRISS), Upper Fraser Conservation Alliance, Fraser Valley Invasive Species Society, Invasive Species Council of BC, and the Skeena Fisheries Commission.
This sampling is also underway in 2019 throughout the CSRD. If you see people near boat launches with cone shaped nets collecting samples towing the nets through the water, this is the sampling work that is underway.
An excellent video on Mussel Threat - Protecting BC's Freshwater can be found here.
Aquatic Invasive Species Network website can be found here.
Zebra and quagga mussel facts can be found here.