Monday, February 23, 2015

Zebra mussels a black and white issue for both Pincher Creek councils

Dreissena polymorpha (Zebra mussels)
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Toni Lucas

Both the Town of Pincher Creek and Municipal District of Pincher Creek councils recently ​addressed letters from the United Irrigation District looking for support for legislation to prevent the threat of aquatic invasive species from entering Alberta waterways​​. Quagga and Zebra mussels were mentioned as being a particular concern. Town Councillor Thornton said that he has seen the devastation and destruction that these mussels can do. MD Councillor Schoening spoke to how these mussels can destroy irrigation systems.

Quagga and Zebra mussels ​are microscopic at certain stages of their life cycle so it takes dedicated cleaning of any and all items, including boats and recreational gear, that may be in contaminated water to prevent spread of the species into an uninfected water system.​

Currently there are steps in place to check watercraft at border crossings and to increase education, but little else in terms of enforcement. Each of the councils voted to draft a letter of support to the United Irrigation District.

Related link: United Irrigation District website

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