(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.
‘The expansion of what we’ve been doing in BC around Clean Drain Dry to a national scale shows that BC has been a leader in preventing the spread of invasive species in our waterways,’ says Dave Bennett, Board Chair of ISCBC. “We’re excited to roll this out across Canada but also to increase signage and action across BC as well.”
Organizations that partner with the pilot program will have unique opportunities to help guide new resources as they are developed and will be supplied signs and resource packages free of charge.
ISCBC is producing CDD sign styles to target different recreational users at various bodies of water. The Council will work closely with partnering organizations to determine their signage needs, and partners will be provided signs at no cost to their organization. Partners will select boat launches or locations with a high need in their communities to install the signs. All sign locations will be recorded as they are installed, and all points will feed into a compiled data set made available to all partners.
Organizations interested in partnering can begin the application process by filling out a quick online application at https://bcinvasives.ca/resources/programs/clean-drain-dry/national-clean-drain-dry-bc-pilot/cdd-bc-pilot-signage-partners or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to apply for the program. The application deadline has been extended until March 15, 2019.
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. The 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.