Accessibility/Mobile Features
Skip Navigation
Skip to Content
Editorial News
Lifestyles
Classified Sites

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION

Busted at boundary: Alberta inspectors intercept boats with zebra mussels

EDMONTON - Boaters are being reminded to clean, drain and dry their boats to prevent possible contamination of Alberta's lakes with zebra mussels.

The province says inspectors intercepted two contaminated boats this summer — one from Ontario and one from New York — that were carrying the invasive species.

Another 99 of the 2,500 boats inspected were deemed high risk.

That means they were coming from states or provinces that are either infested with mussels or don't do inspections and monitoring.

Environment Minister Robin Campbell says only 50 per cent of boaters are stopping to have their watercraft inspected and stricter measures may be necessary.

Zebra and quagga mussels are almost impossible to eradicate once they take hold and can cause millions of dollars in damage by clogging pipes and hurting aquatic life.

In addition to regular inspections at weigh stations, Alberta joined forces with Montana in a pilot project this summer using sniffer dogs to detect mussels on boats.

Manitoba spread potash at four harbours on Lake Winnipeg earlier this year to try to eradicate the species, but some anglers say larvae are still being found.

  • Rate this Rate This Star Icon
  • This article has not yet been rated.
  • We want you to tell us what you think of our articles. If the story moves you, compels you to act or tells you something you didn’t know, mark it high. If you thought it was well written, do the same. If it doesn’t meet your standards, mark it accordingly.

    You can also register and/or login to the site and join the conversation by leaving a comment.

    Rate it yourself by rolling over the stars and clicking when you reach your desired rating. We want you to tell us what you think of our articles. If the story moves you, compels you to act or tells you something you didn’t know, mark it high.

Sort by: Newest to Oldest | Oldest to Newest | Most Popular 0 Commentscomment icon

You can comment on most stories on brandonsun.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is register and/or login and you can join the conversation and give your feedback.

There are no comments at the moment. Be the first to post a comment below.

Post Your Commentcomment icon

Comment
  • You have characters left

The Brandon Sun does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. Comments are moderated before publication. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

Brandon Sun Business Directory
The First World War at 100

Social Media