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Aquatic species are invading--and you can help repulse them!

Aquatic invasive species may be hitching a ride to our area on boats, trailers and equipment. Photo credit: Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters.

What aquatic invasive species should we be on the look out for? Why should we care? How do we stop their spread?

These are some of the questions that will be answered at the upcoming Aquatic Invasive Species Workshop being hosted by the Central Kootenay Invasive Plant Committee (CKIPC) in Castlegar. Funded by Columbia Basin Trust and FortisBC, this workshop is geared towards boaters, anglers, fisheries biologists and technicians, and any other individuals who spend time working or playing on the water.

Aquatic invasive species, like zebra and quagga mussels, didymo, and Eurasian water-milfoil, cause devastating impacts to boating and other water recreation, fisheries habitat, power generation facilities, and aquatic ecosystems. They are extremely difficult, if not impossible, to eradicate once they invade so prevention is critical.

Participants will learn which species to watch for, how to identify and report them, and how to prevent their spread. Guest speakers Dr. Matthias Herborg from Ministry of Environment and Dr. Brian Heise from Thompson Rivers University will share their expertise.

The workshop will be held from 9am to 4pm on Friday, September 16 at the Mir Centre in Castlegar. Pre-registration is required. The cost is $10 and includes lunch. Space is limited so early registration is encouraged.

For more information on the Central Kootenay Invasive Plant Committee at coordinator@kootenayweeds.com or 250-352-1160.