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New Clean Drain Dry Signs up for Grabs

Are you interested in piloting Clean Drain Dry messaging at local waterbodies? Moving into its second year, the Clean Drain Dry (CDD) project is accepting more partners for the multi-year pilot program designed to increase awareness and take action to prevent the establishment and spread of aquatic invasive species in BC. The Invasive Species Council of BC (ISCBC) is looking for aquatic stewardship groups to become partners to increase CDD awareness across the province. In the first year alone, we worked with 36 partners ranging from local stewardship groups, municipalities, regional invasive species organizations, Indigenous communities, ports, marinas, resorts and campgrounds. With such a diverse group of partners, we were able to raise the awareness in many communities across BC. 

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The Boating Basics of Clean Drain Dry

Millions of boaters make their way to British Columbian waterways each year. Most boaters do not realize that aquatic invaders can be hitching a ride to the next waterbody they visit. Whether enjoying wake surfing, cruising in a sailing boat, or trolling a lake for a few bites, all boaters can protect BC waters by taking the time to Clean Drain Dry.

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Marinas are Key Partners in Preventing the Spread of Aquatic Invaders

There are as many kinds of boats as there are places to enjoy them. From freshwater lakes to open oceans, aquatic invaders can easily hitch a ride and spread between British Columbia’s waterways. Marinas across the province can play an important part in preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species, and boaters can work together to prevent the spread through the simple steps of Clean Drain Dry.

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Help ‘tackle’ the spread of invasive species

With over 20,000 lakes and 750,000 kms of streams, BC is considered one of the best places to fish in North America. Whether British Columbians are fishing as a recreational sport, peaceful hobby or getaway, invasive species should always be on their radar when they are heading home for the day. Aquatic invasive species pose a significant threat to BC waterways. Every angler can help stop their spread by remembering to Clean Drain and Dry all watercraft and gear when leaving a waterbody.

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Paddlers can play their part to protect Canadian waters

Paddlers across the province are helping protect British Columbia’s waters from harmful invasive species. From ocean kayakers to canoeists, all paddlers can help BC waters by taking a few minutes to Clean Drain Dry their watercraft and gear. BC offers some incredible opportunities for residential and touring paddlers however the accidental movement of invasive species between waterbodies can cause serious problems affecting BC’s water’s, tourism opportunities and even human health. By practicing Clean Drain Dry, paddlers can help preserve BC’s lakes, rivers and streams and help to support the recreational industry and healthy communities for years to come.

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Cariboo Workshop on Agricultural Pests was a Great Success

April 30, 2019 Williams Lake, BC. A workshop addressing priority pests and invasive species threatening agriculture in the Cariboo was held on April 16th, 2019. Hosted by the Invasive Species Council of BC (ISCBC) and supported by the BC Agriculture & Food Climate Action Initiative, Agricultural Pests: Practical tools for producers provided much needed information and practical tools for producers.

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Report Invasives App Makes it Easy to Report Japanese Beetle

March 29, 2019 - Williams Lake, BC. The mobile Report Invasives BC app, which is available free of charge for iPhone, iPad, and Android platforms, has been updated to include Japanese beetle. Japanese beetle (Popillia japonica) was first introduced to Eastern North America from Japan in 1916. Japanese beetle is now an invasive, regulated pest in Canada and was detected in BC in July 2017 in Vancouver's David Lam Park. The beetle is currently under eradication with treatment and containment efforts ongoing in parts of Vancouver. The public is asked to report all suspect Japanese beetles. Downloading the Report Invasives BC app makes recognizing and reporting Japanese beetle simple!

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New Clean Drain Dry signs up for grabs 

(WILLIAMS LAKE, BRITISH COLUMBIA, March 4, 2019) Is your community group interested in Clean Drain Dry messaging at your local lakes? The Invasive Species Council of BC is looking for aquatic stewardship groups to become partners to increase Clean Drain Dry (CDD) signage across the province.  

The Invasive Species Council of BC (ISCBC) is embarking on an exciting partnership with the Canadian Council on Invasive Species to create a national CDD program piloted in BC over the next three years. Building on the successful CDD program that’s been in place in BC, the new pilot will roll out a similar approach across Canada to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species in all provinces and territories. 

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New board executive presses forward with strong agenda for ISCBC

(February 26, 2019 – Williams Lake, BC) The Invasive Species Council of BC (ISCBC) has appointed its new Board for the coming year, and is pleased to have David Bennett, Director of Communications and External Relations for FortisBC, serving as the new Chair of the Board. Outgoing Chair Brian Heise of Thompson Rivers University looks forward to working closely with the organization during Bennett’s term as Chair.

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WeedsBMP App for Forage and Livestock Producers Now Available

A new smartphone app has been released that is designed specifically for livestock and forage producers in BC. The Best Management Practices for Livestock and Forage Producers app (WeedsBMP app) is based on the ‘Guide to Weeds in BC’ and includes updated information on 95 invasive plant species directly relevant to forage and livestock production. The WeedsBMP app offers in depth information and imagery for identification as well as various ways in which to manage each species, including sources and contacts for more information.

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