Since last year, the K9 with B.C.’s Conservation Officer Service (COS) has been sniffing out boats for invasive species that threaten salmon, ecosystems, hydro stations and other forms of infrastructure.
On Friday, the provincial government trotted him out at a news conference announcing that it was dedicating annual funding to a program aimed at protecting B.C.’s waterways.
Kilo was seen searching a boat for a single mussel at the news conference where B.C. Environment Minister George Heyman announced that “dedicated, significant” annual funding for the Invasive Mussel Defence Program, which is aimed at stopping zebra and quagga mussels from coming into the province.
The program receives annual funding of just under $4 million from various sources, including the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, and BC Hydro.
“It’s imperative that we keep these destructive species out of our province and not allow them to threaten our vibrant B.C. waterways,” Heyman said in a statement.
“This is why we will be funding the Invasive Mussel Defence Program on an annual basis, to ensure that necessary and responsive resources are in place to protect our economy, our infrastructure and our sensitive ecosystems.”