Funding to help with mussel control in South Okanagan

RBC Bluewater Funding of $100,000 was granted to the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen to help them fight against the introduction of Zebra and Quagga mussels into the valley.
Image Credit: Invasive Species Council of B.C.

PENTICTON - The Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen is getting some financial help in its fight to prevent quagga and zebra mussels from finding their way into the Okanagan.

The RBC Blue Water project recently announced $100,000 in grant funding will be made available to the regional district to bolster their Okanagan Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Program.

Zebra and Quagga mussels have caused devastating and costly damage to bodies of water in the U.S. and Eastern Canada by degrading aquatic ecosystems, covering infrastructure, infesting beaches and fouling watercraft.

The province recently pledged $1.3 million over two years in an effort to help control the invasive mussels as well.

A video addressing the issues faced by valley residents should the mussels find their way here can be seen here.

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