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Parrot's Feather

A popular aquatic garden plant that spreads with water currents, animals, boats/trailers and fishing gear. Dense stands can stagnate water, and increase breeding grounds for mosquitoes learn more »

Zebra/Quagga Mussels

These tiny freshwater mussels clog drains, damage infrastructure, and are very costly to control/eradicate learn more »

Giant Hogweed

A towering toxic invasive plant with WorkSafe BC regulations learn more »

European Fire Ant

A tiny ant with a toxic sting learn more »

Purple Loosestrife

An aggressive wetland invader that threatens plant and animal diversity learn more »

Orange Hawkweed

Also yellow, these invasive plants replace native vegetation along roadsides, and threaten areas not yet reforested learn more »

Japanese Knotweed

Grows aggressively through concrete, impacting roads and house foundations learn more »

Spotted Knapweed

A single plant spreads rapidly with up to 140,000 seeds per square metre learn more »

Scotch Broom

An evergreen shrub that invades rangelands, replaces forage plants, causes allergies in people, and is a serious competitor to conifer seedlings learn more »

BC Invasive Mussel Defence Program Oct ‘17 Status Report Released

BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, August 21 – October 16, 2017 - BC Invasive Mussel Defence Program Status Report.

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.

Highlights include: on August 30, 2017 a motor vehicle transporting a watercraft from Ontario failed to stop at the Golden inspection station. Inspectors immediately notified the COS using the RAPP hotline. The watercraft owner was later apprehended by a Conservation Officer near Sicamous and, upon visual inspection, the CO observed adult invasive mussels. The boat was sealed to the trailer and the driver was issued a violation ticket for failing to stop at the watercraft inspection station. The driver was ordered to report to invasive mussel inspectors in the Lower Mainland where a complete decontamination of the watercraft was performed. This is just one of many examples of the strong collaboration between the COS and the Invasive Mussel Defence Program.

Download and read the full report here.