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B.C. attempts to eradicate invasive Japanese beetle in Vancouver’s False Creek area

StarMetro Vancouver, Wanyee Li, May 24, 2018. VANCOUVER - The invasive Japanese beetle has arrived in B.C. in a big way - about 850 of them were found in Vancouver’s David Lam Park. Inspectors first discovered the beetle in the city last summer, according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). Adult beetles are voracious feeders and can destroy a wide variety of plants including grass and shrubbery, as well as crops.

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Japanese Beetle in Vancouver

May 24, 2018 - CBC News Vancouver at 6 - VANCOUVER. Watch video coverage of Japanese Beetle in Vancouver, what the impact could be, what's being done and how you can help.

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Invasive Mussel Defence Program ramping up for another year

BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, May 11, 2018 - VICTORIA. Funding updated May 14, 2018, for clarification. For the first time, the Government of British Columbia is ensuring there will be dedicated, significant annual funding for B.C.'s Invasive Mussel Defence Program, to help protect the province’s waterways from the environmental, economic and social impacts these invasive species can have.

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Province issues funds to combat invasive plants

Morning Start Staff, May. 2, 2018 12:30 p.m. WILLIAMS LAKE - Province issues funds to combat invasive plants. Victoria doles out nearly $8 million to 34 provincial municipalities, groups, regional districts. Municipalities and groups will share in $7.7 million in grants provided by the Ministry of Forests to manage the spread of invasive plants in B.C. The grants are part of a multi-year funding program that will see the money distributed to 34 regional invasive species organizations, local governments, environmental groups and researchers, as well as the Invasive Species Council of British Columbia.

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HCTF Invasive Mussels Lake Monitoring Grants

The Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation (HCTF) has created a new granting program to fund invasive mussel monitoring in British Columbia’s lakes and rivers. This program is made possible by a $450,000 contribution from BC’s Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy. 

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BC Invasive Mussel Defence Program Oct ‘17 Status Report Released

Invasive mussel inspection stations opened on April 1, 2017. As of October 16, over 35,000 watercraft have been inspected and crews have interacted with approximately 73,300 people to promote Clean, Drain, Dry. Read the report for the full status update August 21 - October 16, 2017.

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Goldfish threatening native fish species in B.C. Interior

CFJC Today, December 12, 2017; Jill Sperling. KAMLOOPS, BC — The Invasive Species Council of BC is reminding pet owners to be responsible when their animals are no longer wanted. Exotic animals such as Koi carp, the European rabbit, and the American Bullfrog are considered invasive when released into the wild. One species that is especially damaging is goldfish. While they make excellent pets, goldfish threaten native eco-systems when introduced into B.C. lakes.  

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Richmond asks for help fighting invasive aquatic plant

Vancouver Sun, November 13, 2017; Jennifer Saltman - A letter to the provincial government will likely be the next step in Richmond’s efforts to eradicate an aquatic plant that has invaded a waterway in Steveston and threatens a nearby wetland. The staff recommendation to send the letter requesting that the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations get involved immediately and allocate money to fighting the Brazilian elodea infestation was endorsed by all members of the general purposes committee last week, of which the mayor and all councillors are members.

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BC Invasive Mussel Defence Program Status Report Released

BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, September 14, 2017BC Invasive Mussel Defence Program Status Report released. Welcome to the first status report for the 2017 season of the BC Invasive Mussel Defence Program for the period of January 1 to August 21, 2017, with some additions for part of August. On March 30, 2017 it was announced that Program operations would be expanding with $3 million in Provincial funding. This funding supports two new inspection stations, expanded inspection hours, and enhancement of the existing lake monitoring program. This brings the total program funding to $4.5 million annually, with existing partner funding from BC Hydro, Columbia Power, Fortis BC, and Columbia Basin Trust.

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