Zebra and Quagga mussels are invasive aquatic species accidentally imported from Asia. In recent years they have migrated across North America and have become a major invasive pest in Alberta, and have also recently moved into Lake Winnipeg. These mussels have huge environmental and economic impacts, by competing with native species, and by clogging intakes for power and water plants and irrigation operations.
According to a Risk assessment by the Federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans, the Qu’Appelle and Wascana Watersheds are at very high risk of infestation by Zebras and Quagga mussels. This would include Last Mountain and Buffalo Pound Lakes, and our rivers and creeks.
Invasive mussel species are mostly transported to new areas on recreational watercraft and boat trailers.
WUQWATR is working with other Saskatchewan agencies to develop and deliver a plan to prevent the spread of invasive aquatic species. An important part of this plan is to raise the awareness of our resort communities and boat owners about the hazards of these species, and best practices for prevention.
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