An aquatic invasive species that is among the most feared of infesting our lakes and rivers, Quagga Mussels, made it across the border from Arizona. A contaminated boat was found in Shuswap Lake July 3, 2012. Learn more from the press release sent out by the BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations here.
It is very lucky this was caught and shows that prevention programs are the best investment that can be made when it comes to invasive species. Quagga Mussles have IRREVERSIBLE effects on freshwater ecosystems as there are no control methods for them. Learn more about Quagga Mussels here.
A province-wide public education program on aquatic invasive species launched this summer and is occurring on two of Metro Vancouver's lakes including Pitt Lake and Alouette Lake. Learn more about the "Take Action" program here.