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Current invasive mussel inspections insufficient, says Okanagan Basin Water Board

August 10, 2016

August 10, 2016 –

A form of Russian Roulette is how the Okanagan Basin Water Board chairman Doug Findlater describes current efforts to monitor for invasive quagga and zebra mussels.

“The inspection stations are only open ten hours a day,” Findlater says. “What about the rest of the day. And what about the people who don’t even bother to stop.”

The province opened eight inspection stations April 1 and data to July 27 shows nine watercraft to be contaminated, all from Ontario.

Some 13,000 watercraft were inspected in that time and about a third of high-risk watercraft were identifed as heading to the Okanagan Valley.

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