The Osoyoos Lake Water Quality Society (OLWQS) held an open public forum in Osoyoos to inform local and area residents  about what the province of BC is doing to prevent invasive species including Zebra and Quagga mussels from entering our lakes, rivers and streams.

OLWQS Board members David Smith and Julie Umberger greeted the public.

 

There was an abundance of information available from OLWQS and members available to explain the newly purchased water quality instrumentation and devices to detect Zebra and Quagga mussels in Osoyoos Lake which is being done in concert with OASSIS (Okanagan and Similkameen Invasive Species Society).

 

OLWQS President Birgit Arnstein introduced guest presenters Chelsea Ashbrook and Carter Elder, both Aquatic Invasive Species Inspectors.

Chelsea Ashbrook and Carter Elder, both Aquatic Invasive Species Inspectors with the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy gave a well-rounded and thorough presentation outlining the steps and measures the province of BC has in place to combat the establishment and spread of aquatic invasive species including zebra and quagga mussels in Osoyoos Lake.

Chelsea Ashbrook explained how everyone can help by calling the RAPP program hotline # (Report All Poachers and Polluters) 1-877-952-RAPP (7277)

The content of their Power Point presentation focused on the work conducted by the Invasive Mussel Defence Program.

Among the items discussed were past and current statistics collected since 2015; how the program is expanding and trends of boaters across the continent.

Carter Elder, an Aquatic Invasive Species inspector explained how you can easily identify different types of mussels in BC waters.

Ashbrook and Elder touched on the economic, ecological and social impacts that zebra and quagga mussels could have on the province of B.C.

They also addressed the plan that the Ministry of Environment has in place if mussels were to establish in the province.

Click here to view the entire PowerPoint presentation from Chelsea Ashbrook and Carter Elder, both Aquatic Invasive Species Inspectors with the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy.