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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?

May 15, 2017

What you need to know about Kelowna's Water Quality Advisory

The City of Kelowna put out a Water Quality Advisory notice for water utility customers on Friday.

This Advisory remains in effect until further notice.

So what does this mean as far as whether or not the water...

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May 15, 2017

Flood focus shifts to Okanagan Lake

It was as good a weekend weather wise as anyone could have hoped for.

Despite that, the flood watch in the Central Okanagan continues as creeks remain relatively high and Okanagan Lake is still above full pool. (

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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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