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UNDERSTANDING THE RISKS IS THE FIRST STEP TO CHANGE

The Thompson Okanagan region boasts some of British Columbia’s most stunning lakes, offering breathtaking views and endless opportunities for recreation. From boating to fishing, these waters are cherished by locals and visitors alike. However, lurking beneath the surface lies a growing threat that could devastate our beloved waterways and ecosystems: invasive mussels.

Since 2015, over 165 mussel-infested watercrafts have been intercepted and decontaminated in British Columbia alone. Shockingly, 55 of these boats were destined for our region, posing a significant risk to our pristine lakes. The arrival of invasive zebra and quagga mussels could wreak havoc, not only on our environment but also on our economy. It’s estimated that dealing with these invaders could cost BC a staggering $129 million annually.

The threat is real, and the time to act is now. Unfortunately, funding for monitoring and prevention efforts is at risk, leaving our waterways vulnerable to these invasive species. As stewards of our lakes and ecosystems, it’s crucial that we remain vigilant and proactive in protecting them.

Mussels Will Impact:

  • Drinking Water
  • Vibrant Beaches
  • Vital Food Sources
  • Endangered Ecosystems
  • Property Values
  • Tourism
  • Overall Economy

That’s why Shoreline is proud to partner with the Okanagan Basin Water Board to raise awareness about the importance of preventing the spread of invasive mussels in our region. Through initiatives like #DontMoveAMussel, we aim to spread awareness among boaters, fishermen, and anyone who enjoys the beauty of the Okanagan’s waters.

PREVENTION STEPS

Clean

Clean off all plants, animals and mud from your watercraft and related equipment (e.g. boots, waders, fishing gear). If a power washing station is available, use it.

Drain

Drain (on dry land) any item that can hold water (e.g. buckets, wells, bilge and ballast).

Dry

Dry all items completely before launching your watercraft into another body of water.

We urge everyone to be vigilant and report any suspicious watercraft to authorities. By taking preventive measures and working together, we can safeguard our cherished lakes and preserve the unique beauty of the Thompson Okanagan region for generations to come.

Remember, our future depends on it.

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