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What Mussels?


Zebra Mussel Quagga Mussel
Zebra Mussel – US Fish & Wildlife Quagga Mussel – National Park Service


Zebra and quagga mussels are closely-related mollusks that originate from Europe and are non-native to North America. They live in freshwater – such as lakes and rivers – and are invasive, known to encrust and corrode hard surfaces and cause serious harm to waters where they become established.

Fortunately, as best as we know, the Okanagan is still free from invasive mussels.
Let’s keep it that way.

It wouldn’t take long for the mussels to get established once they arrive. Each female can produce about 1 million eggs per year. And, the mussels can be spread unknowingly by boaters, fishers and other well-meaning nature lovers. At their youngest stage, the invasive mussels are the size of a grain of sand. At their largest they are the size of your thumbnail (1.5 to 2 cm). They are often brought in on boats and other recreational water toys (e.g. kayaks). But they can also come in on hipwaders, fishing tackle boxes, life jackets and other objects that have spent time in infested waters.


They were first introduced to Canada’s Great Lakes region and the United States in the 1980s after ballast water was discharged by vessels traveling from Europe. (Read More)

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What’s New?

October 7, 2016

B.C. commits over $148 million to Clean Water and Wastewater Fund

Premier Christy Clark announced today at the Union of B.C. Municipalities 2016 Conference $148.5 million in provincial funding for the new Clean Water and Wastewater Fund.

This funding will enable communities to...

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May 16, 2016

Tree-ring data suggest B.C. is facing harshest droughts in 350 years

Tree-ring data suggest B.C. is facing harshest droughts in 350 years


MARK HUME VANCOUVER — The Globe and Mail Published Wednesday, May 04, 2016 1:02PM EDT

British Columbia is facing droughts more severe...

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January 15, 2016

Meteorologist predicts variation on El Nino pattern: A wet PNW winter

An Eastern Washington University meteorologist says he has a different take on what El Nino will do this winter in the Northwest.

By MITCH LIES For the Capital Press 

Eastern Washington University meteorologist...

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