Eight permanent mussel inspection stations to be set up on BC borders this year

BC Government announces a $2 million partnership to put five stations on BC/AB border and three on BC/Washington State border

  • Mar. 30, 2016 3:00 p.m.

Premier Christy Clark stands in front of BC Conservation officers to announce a new program that will put permanent mussel detection stations at BC borders.

There will be eight permanent mussel inspection stations protecting B.C. waters from invasive mussels this year, thanks to a $2 million partnership.

B.C. Premier Christy Clark made the announcement on the shores of Okanagan Lake near Kelowna on Wednesday, unveiling a plan to have five permanent stations on the B.C./Alberta border and three protecting B.C.’s border with Washington State.

The announcement is just for the 2016 boating season and the inspection stations are set to open April 1.

“To date no zebra or quagga mussels have ever been detected in B.C.’s waterways and we’re going to keep it that way, said B.C. Premier Christy Clark. “Eight more inspection stations are yet another tool towards ensuring we remain mussel-free.”

The program will be funded a series of partners. BC Hydro is providing $1.2 million while Fortis BC, Columbia Power and the Columbia Basin Trust, along with the province of B.C. are putting forward $250,000.

In total 32 conservation officers will work the stations 10 hours a day, seven days a week from April through October.

“It’s a massive step forward,” said a pleased Doug Findlater, the chairman  of the Okanagan Basin Water Board, a stewardship group who has been pushing the issue for the past several years.

“We appreciate the stations, the staffing, the signage and the decontamination units,” said Findlater, adding a note of caution. “External agency funding partnerships are great but they don’t last forever. We hope the province makes this a permanent mussel defence program and commits to ongoing core funding.”

The program also includes:

-Increased highway signage near the stations

-Expanded Report All Poachers or Polluters response line coverage

-Increased opportunities to promote Clean, Drain, Dry education program.


Just Posted

Missed a week of news? We’ve got you covered

Every Saturday, we post popular stories from the week

Long-time Hedley fan weighs in on concert

Davis Wiggs attended Hedley’s final show last night

Kelowna couple hoping for a miracle

Endang Suslash is hoping to stay in Canada so she continue receiving treatment for kidney failure

Highway potholes under ministry jurisdiction

The District of Lake Country doesn’t touch the highway when it comes to filling potholes

Embattled band Hedley plays last show in Kelowna before hiatus

About 3,000 tickets had sold for final performance at Prospera Place

Bottle drive held for Kelowna fire victim’s family

Springfield Elementary held a bottle drive today to support the Van Gool family

Canadian cities hold March for our Lives events in wake of Florida shooting

Hundreds of people support the massive March for Our Lives event in Washington, D.C.

Health officials called after acid spill near B.C.-Alberta border leaks into creek

Tanker truck crashed south of Dawson Creek, spilling 17,000 litres of hydrochloric acid

Trudeau to exonerate B.C. First Nations chiefs hanged in 1860s

Prime Minister to absolve Tsilhqot’in chiefs in relation to deaths of 14 construction workers

Snowfall warning for Highway 3

Kelowna - A snowfall warning is in effect from Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass

Canucks sing the Blues as they fall to St. Louis 4-1

Berglund nets two, including the game-winner, to lift St. Louis over Vancouver

Calving season brings hope for Cariboo ranchers

Still a lot of work ahead to recover from the wildfires

Canada’s Kaetlyn Osmond wins figure skating world title

The 22-year-old fwon the women’s singles crown with her Black Swan routine

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

Most Read