CSISS January Updates

Including 2020 Columbia Shuswap Invasive Mussel Monitoring Results

Upcoming meetings (more details below):
January 20th – Shuswap Invasive Clam Meeting
March 9th – CSISS Land Manager Meeting – Save the date!

Invasive Mussel Monitoring Results
In 2020, CSISS sampled for invasive zebra and quagga mussels across the Columbia Shuswap Region with support from the Province, and funding support from the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation and the Shuswap Watershed Council. Survey results:

  • 12 water-bodies,
  • 22 locations,
  • 148 plankton samples, &
  • 0 Invasive mussels! 

There are no known infestations of invasive mussels in BC. Visit https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/invasive-mussels/early-detection-lake-monitoring for BC updates.

You’re Invited!

Shuswap Invasive Freshwater Clam Meeting

Sampling for invasive clams took place this summer in the Shuswap watershed.  A new infestation of invasive freshwater clams (Corbicula fluminea) was found in the Salmon Arm of Shuswap Lake.
You’re invited to a Shuswap Invasive Clam meeting on 
January 20th 3pm – 4:30pm PST via Zoom:
Online Zoom meeting link: https://zoom.us/j/96627799276
Phone in option (if zoom not possible): +1 778 907 2071 Canada ; Meeting ID: 966 2779 9276

We invite you to attend this meeting and to share this invite with those you think may also have an interest.  To mitigate the impacts of this new species, we all need to understand this new infestation and the best ways to prevent this species from spreading to other waterways in our region. 

The meeting will take approximately 1.5 hours, and will feature a presentation from Ministry for Environment and Climate Change Strategy detailing current findings and potential next steps going forward.  There will also be an open floor session for questions and discussion. For more information email: info@columbiashuswapinvasives.org

Find Out More
Annual Land Manager Meeting: CSISS is completing its annual review of the Columbia Shuswap priority invasive species list and watchlists from the 2020-2025 Columbia Shuswap Operational Plan for Invasive Species. This meeting will be hosted online on March 9th (10am-1pm approximately), more details forthcoming. We invite all partners to provide input on regional invasive plant and animal priority lists. We also encourage any interested individuals to join in and learn more about invasive species in the Columbia Shuswap!

Stay tuned for more details in our next newsletter.

Check out the work we completed at Blanket Creek Provincial Park last fall! 
Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society