A public rally is being held July 24 to lobby government to stop the spread of quagga and zebra mussels.

Splash mob rallies for lakes

A splash mob is being organized by Protect Our Freshwater July 24

Residents are being urged to make a splash and join the fight against invasive mussels.

A splash mob is being organized by Protect Our Freshwater and the Society for the Protection of Kalamalka Lake July 24 at 10 a.m. at Kal Beach.

“The goal of this circle flotilla is to draw widespread attention to the threat these invasive mussels pose to our freshwater,” said Brynne Morrice, with Protect Our Freshwater and producer of the film Mussel Threat: Protecting B.C.’s Freshwater.

Quagga and zebra mussels can clog pipes, cause ecological and economic damage, displace native aquatic plants and wildlife, degrade the environment and affect drinking water quality.

Morrice says there is a need for the public to apply pressure to the provincial government to expand its invasive species efforts beyond eight boat inspection stations.

“The inspectors are only on the road for eight to 10 hours per day. So, if a boat comes through in the early morning or in the evening, it’s not going to get checked,” he said.

Morrice says there is also a concern that border guards are not always inspecting boats at federal border crossings.

“We need more action from the federal and provincial governments, and we need people far and wide to be aware of this threat and take appropriate action with their boats.”

The splash mob will see participants form a circle in the water.

“In the centre of the circle will be a floating sign, with a yet unconfirmed slogan, and all of it will be filmed from above by a professional team of cinematographers flying a commercial drone,” said Morrice.

To register for the splash mob or for more information, go to www.protectourfreshwater.ca/splashmob

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

COVID-19 cancels 2 main Armstrong-Spallumcheen events

Community Excellence Awards, Citizen of the Year, cancelled for 2020; both to return in 2021

Spallumcheen looks to photo contest for wesbite revamp

Residents would submit entries covering the four seasons for use on township website, documents

Vernon golf course to host national event local qualifier

The Rise hosts the RBC PGA Scramble qualifier Sunday, July 26

UPDATED: Interior Health to add 495 long-term seniors care beds

Nelson, Kelowna, Kamloops, Vernon and Penticton to receive new facilities

Boardwalk closures ahead for Vernon cyclists, pedestrians

Next phase of storm rehab project will see closures of up to 20 minutes

B.C. records 62 new COVID-19 cases, two deaths since Friday

Province has just over 200 active cases

Summerland approves solar project

Despite community opposition, council voted 4-3 for Cartwright Mountain location

Police search for suspect in assault on woman in downtown Kelowna

Kelowna police received a report a woman had been assaulted by an unknown man on July 12

Hotel rooms for B.C. homeless too hasty, NDP government told

Businesses forced out, but crime goes down, minister says

Two positive COVID-19 cases at Oliver farm

The risk of exposure to the general public related to this farm is considered to be low

Oliver Town Hall closed to public as staffer displays COVID-19 symptoms

One staff member at Oliver Town Hall is being tested for coronavirus

Wage subsidy will be extended until December amid post-COVID reopening: Trudeau

Trudeau said the extension will ‘give greater certainty and support to businesses’

B.C. government prepares for COVID-19 economic recovery efforts

New measures after July consultation, Carole James says

Horoscopes for the week of July 13

Weekly horoscopes by Morgan Fava

Most Read