Okanagan Water Board applauds BC mussel prevention program expansion

March 30, 2017

Kelowna, B.C. – The Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB) welcomes the B.C. government’s announcement today which will significantly improve protection of provincial waters from invasive zebra and quagga mussels.

“We were very pleased to be at today’s announcement,” said OBWB Chair Tracy Gray. “We have been working to raise awareness regarding invasive mussels since 2012 with the launch of our Don’t Move A Mussel campaign. Much work has been done since then, working with various partners, including provincial staff and Okanagan’s MLAs, to get to where we are at today.

“A lot of the items that have been on our wish list were announced today,” Gray added. “As Premier Christy Clark noted, the province received our list of recommendations and has been working through it. We look forward to continuing to work with the province to close other potential loopholes that put our waters at risk, this includes tightening regulations.

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