Board demands more action over mussels

For more on zebra and quagga mussels, go to the OBWB website

The Okanagan Basin Water Board welcomes increased provincial action on invasive mussels but the agency insists more needs to be done.

Victoria has announced that the Columbia Basin Trust is providing funds to expand the number of roving boat inspection stations from three to six.

“This is generally very good news. Inspection and decontamination in the Kootenays helps protect the Okanagan,” said Anna Warwick Sears, OBWB executive director.

“That being said, OBWB would prefer the province ensure the most defensive, conservative approach possible, with a minimum of five permanent inspection stations at major highway crossings on the B.C.-Alberta border.”

With the announcement of three additional roving inspection stations, OBWB says the government has all of the resources and personnel needed to defend all major road crossings.

“If they amend their tactical plan, from roving to permanent stations, they will have taken every step necessary to protect all B.C. waters,” said James Littley, operations manager.

“This isn’t about action within our borders, it is about stopping invaders at our borders.”

For more on zebra and quagga mussels, go to the OBWB website