Resources for Boaters
Aquatic Invasive Species harm native ecosystems, recreational activities, and commercial and industrial development on BC’s lakes and rivers. It is important to always Clean, Drain, Dry all watercraft before relocating to a new water body.
1. Clean off all plant parts, animals, and mud from boat and equipment (e.g. boots, waders, fishing gear). Use a power wash station if available.
2. Drain onto land all items that can hold water (e.g. buckets, wells, bilge, and ballast).
3. Dry all items completely before launching into another body of water.
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A major threat to BC’s freshwater lakes and rivers are zebra and quagga mussels.
For more information visit the BC Inter-Ministry Invasive Species Working Group.
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To Report a Mussel:In British Columbia any suspected, transport, possession, sale or release of Zebra Quagga Mussel should be reported immediately to:
Conservation Officer Services Hotline 1-877-952-7277
In the Columbia Shuswap Regional District, invasive Eurasian Water Milfoil can be found in Shuswap Lake, Little Shuswap Lake, Mara Lake and the Shuswap River. As with most invasive plants, once milfoil establishes, it is almost impossible to eradicate. Prevention is the best method to stop its spread, remember to Clean, Drain, Dry your boat!
For more information visit the CSRD Milfoil Control webpage.