Knotweed in the news

A report to the City of Burnaby’s Environment Committee earlier this week by Burnaby Environmental Coordinator and ISCMV Board member, Melinda Yong, triggered some news coverage this week. The report provided an update on Invasive Plant Management in Burnaby Parks.

24 Hours: Burnaby Tied Up in Knotweed

CBC News: Invasive Japanese knotweed takes root in Burnaby

Great job Melinda!

What are the carp in the Fraser River?

A species of Carp was found by fisherman in the Fraser River in the Lillooet area last week. We are currently waiting for identification of the species found. The potential impacts of certain species of Asian Carp, such as Silver Carp, could threaten our fishery and boater safety. Check out the news story that ran on Global TV News here.

Quagga Mussel Infested Boat in Shuswap Lake

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.

Today Crew Learned First Hand the Importance of Follow Up Treatments

Check out today's blog post that brought to light the importance of follow up treatments of invasive plants