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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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Return your unwanted or obsolete pesticides and livestock medications

There will be a FREE cleanfarms obsolete pesticide and livestock/equine medication collection program from October 3-19 at 6 ag-retail and municipal locations in the Fraser Valley and Vancouver Island regions of the province this fall.

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Invasive Japanese beetle spotted in False Creek

CBC News Posted: Aug 17, 2017 11:45 AM PT: Invasive Japanese beetle spotted in False Creek. The highly invasive pest is harmless to people, but known to attack roots, leaves and fruit.

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ISCBC’s Gail Wallin answers questions from the public on invasive species live on CBC Radio

CBC Radio, BC Almanac - Friday, Aug 18, 2017: Listen to ISCBC's Executive Director discuss the latest invasive species issues with CBC Radio's BC Almanac show.

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It’s summertime, and relocating invasive species is easy

Vancouver Sun, July 3, 2017; Glenda Luymes: It’s summer in B.C. and an army of invading plants and animals is on the move. Hitching a ride on ATV tires, trailing from boat motors and enticing novice gardeners, the invaders’ advance is swift and stealthy. It’s also deadly. “Summer in B.C. is the time for recreation and gardening — and both are key pathways for invasive species,” said Gail Wallin, executive director of the Invasive Species Council of B.C.

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Fussee Lake and New Lake closed to sport fishing

BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations; For Immediate Release; July 5, 2017; CRANBROOK – Fussee Lake and New Lake in the East Kootenays have been closed to sport fishing until further notice due to the illegal introduction of invasive fish species, including largemouth bass (Fussee Lake) and yellow perch (New Lake).

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Invasive Species Could Cost Washington Businesses, Agencies $1.3 Billion

Washington Government News Release, Jan. 12, 2017 - OLYMPIA – A new report released today pegs the economic impact of 23 of the most damaging invasive species in Washington at $1.3 billion a year and a loss of 8,000 jobs, if there’s no prevention, according to the Washington Invasive Species Council.

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Northern Pike causing concern as it moves into B.C. waters

The Globe and Mail, Published Oct 2, 2016; Mark Hume, VANCOUVER BC - When Dan Doutaz hears a ping in his headphones coming from the watery depths of the Columbia River, he enters another data point on the continued invasion of an unwanted species. Northern pike – a ravenous, predatory fish that is expected to have devastating impact on native salmon and trout populations – are making their way into southern British Columbia. It is the latest of several invasive species that have been spreading across the province, triggering concerns about ecosystem changes.

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