Clean, Drain, Dry staff are now working in five locations across southern BC. These staff members are providing information to boaters at boat launches, and collaborating with local lakeside stewardship groups to encourage adoption of the clean, drain and dry desired behavior. This behavior helps to reduce the spread of invasive plants and organisms such as Eurasian watermilfoil, zebra mussels and didymo, among others.
The goal is to increase the number of boaters and community organizations who have ‘committed’ to clean, drain, dry boats and equipment.
ISCBC, along with provincial government, is working closely with neighboring jurisdictions to ensure consistent messages and resources targeted at boaters and boating organizations. BC and Alberta is working closely to ensure consistent protocols for communication, monitoring and boat inspections. The goal is to stop the spread of invasive species within BC and to keep invasive mussels from entering the province.
Work is underway with water-based organizations and key infrastructure groups to organize and host a ‘think tank’ on how to avoid the economic impacts caused by invasive mussels. In addition, preliminary work will begin on outreach resources targeted at reducing the spread of invasives through the aquarium and pet trade.
For more information on the Clean Drain Dry program, contact ISCBC: email@example.com or phone at: (250) 305-1003 or 1-888-933-3722
Read the Take Action (CDD) Program 2012 Final Report.
|The Ministry of Environment has recently updated the Controlled Alien Species Regulations for BC. This report include schedules with a focus on aquatic species that ‘pose a risk to property, wildlife or wildlife habitat’- brought into force Dec. 18th, 2012.