WILLIAMS LAKE, BRITISH COLUMBIA, July 26, 2019 - 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.
Are you interested in piloting Clean Drain Dry messaging at local waterbodies?
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, ISCBC 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, the awareness of CDD was raised in many communities across BC.
- In the first year of the pilot, ISCBC provided signage partners with a total of 174 new CDD signs, targeting multiple varieties of boater and recreationists, at over 70 locations including harbours, lakes, rivers, marinas, and even reservoirs.
- Through year one of the project, partners were also provided free resource packages to use for their outreach efforts. Over 4,200 rack cards, 3,500 stickers, 1,000 window clings, and nearly 1,750 floating key chains were supplied to partners and even more exciting resources are to come!
Building upon the existing partnerships, the CDD program welcomes all interested groups to apply to join, or continue participating in this exciting program, to communicate the importance of protecting our waterbodies from the negative effects of aquatic invasive species. Pilot program partners will have unique opportunities to help guide the development of new resources and will be supplied a variety of signage and resource packages for input and feedback.
ISCBC has produced a variety of CDD signs and resources designed to target different types of boaters. Signs and resources are provided to partners at no cost to their organization. In turn, partners are responsible for installing the signage at approved waterbodies in their communities and distributing the resources.
The application deadline is August 23, 2019. Jurisdictional and/or traditional territory consent will be required prior to receipt of signage. ISCBC encourages the submission of ongoing applications for the 2020 season.
About the Invasive Species Council of British Columbia
ISCBC is dedicated to keeping our landscapes and communities free of invasive species. It provides a coordinated, province-wide approach to reducing the impact of invasive species in BC. ISCBC unites efforts across the province and collaborates with a variety of partners to develop unique solutions for the wide variety of ecosystems across BC.
About the Canadian Council on Invasive Species
The Canadian Council on Invasive Species works collaboratively across jurisdictional boundaries to support actions and information that can help reduce the threat and impacts of invasive species. Invasive species councils, committees, and coalitions representing provinces and territories across Canada established this federal society to work together to reduce the impact of invasive species across the country.
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Executive Director, Invasive Species Council of BC