Don’t Move a Mussel – Protecting BC Waters from the Impacts of Invasive Species

Description:Don’t move a mussel – Protecting BC waters from the impacts of invasive species. Presenter: Lisa Scott, R.P.Bio. M.Sc. Additional Contributors: Okanagan and Similkameen Invasive Species Society (OASISS). The Okanagan and other areas of BC are at extreme risk for invasion of several aquatic species, most notably Zebra and Quagga mussels. Their arrival would be devastating to our drinking water systems, our environment and our economy. Invasive mussels have caused several billion dollars of damage to waterways and water infrastructure in the Great Lakes and across North America, including municipal water supplies and agricultural irrigation facilities. These European mussels rapidly colonize hard surfaces and clog water intake structures, such as pipes and screens, thereby impacting pumping capabilities for power and domestic water treatment plants. Invasion of these mussels into BC could result in control and management costs to our urban water infrastructure amounting to millions of dollars annually and have long term, detrimental consequences for the environment. Recently the Federal Government has recognized the challenge by empowering Canadian Border Services Agency to deny mussel-infested boats entry into Canada. However, the mussels are moving quicker than either the Federal or Provincial Governments can act. Consequently, regional groups and local governments are spearheading prevention programs to educate recreational boaters and other water users, and monitor local waterways. Learn more about the costs and challenges faced by other utilities and how to prevent the spread of invasive mussels into BC.

Authors: Lisa Scott

Subjects: Drinking Water, Environment and Conservation, Watersheds

Tags:2015 BCWWA Annual Conference & Trade Show,AC15,AC15 presentations

Citation:Stream 9: Other

Publication Date:May 29th, 2015 Upload Date:Jun 26th, 2015

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