OBWB Position Statement on invasive zebra and quagga mussels

May 12, 2015

The Okanagan Basin Water Board has released a seven-point Position Statement on invasive zebra and quagga mussels.

The paper notes the province’s recent announcement of $575,000 in 2015-16 to fight the mussels with three roving inspection stations ($1.3 million from April 1, 2014 – March 31, 2017). For a little more funding, it suggests, the province could have the permanent stations that local governments around B.C., the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce, and others have been calling for. The paper also notes the OBWB’s concern about downloading and states that the OBWB will not accept responsibility for the long-term treatment, mitigation or control of the mussels if the province fails to enact appropriate prevention measures, and consequently the species are introduced.

Find the full statement at http://tinyurl.com/pd9oofx.