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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 »

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 »


The RBC Blue Water Project and the Invasive Species Council of British Columbia are working with stewardship groups and local governments to help protect watersheds across BC. Aquatic invasive species (AIS) have devastating impacts on freshwater environments: often changing species distribution, decreasing oxygen content, lowering water quality and damaging urban water infrastructure. Parrotfeather, Eurasian milfoil, Elodea as well as zebra and quagga mussels are just some of the top AIS that have been seen to substantially impact watersheds.

Workshops were held in Victoria and Kamloops in 2016 and were held in the Fraser Valley, Williams Lake and Prince George in 2017. Workshop participants shared information on their current work with AIS, identify needs, challenges, and gaps, shared priorities and defined opportunities for collaboration. Participants were also provided with resources to identify aquatic invasive species and prevent their introduction and spread. 2017 also saw the development of a unique educational partnership with the BC Wildlife Park.

Photo: March 19, 2018, ISCBC Senior Manager, Jodi Romyn, was pleased to meet with representatives from the RBC Blue Water Foundation at the BC Wildlife Park to showcase the Adopt a Watershed program and key aquatic invasive species educational resources developed with the support of the Foundation.

For ISCBC RBC Blue Water Project inquiries, please contact Sue Staniforth, Education Manager, ISCBC at or call (250) 655-6300.