CKISS staff are once again monitoring our local lakes for invasive zebra and quagga mussels. So far, CKISS has collected 201 plankton samples from nine waterbodies. CKISS monitoring efforts are part of the provincial Invasive Mussel Defence Program, which aims to prevent the introduction of ZQM into B.C. To date, B.C. is still free of these invasive mussels!
You can help prevent the introduction of invasive mussels by practicing to clean, drain and dry your watercraft and equipment. If you are transporting a watercraft in B.C. it is mandatory to stop at all watercraft inspection stations along your route. #ProtectOurWaters #CleanDrainDry
CKISS has received a Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation grant, with funding provided by the BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy. The Ministry has received support for Invasive Mussel monitoring from Fisheries and Oceans Canada through the Canada Nature Fund for Aquatic Species at Risk. Additional funding has also been provided by Columbia Power and FortisBC.