Protect our Waters and Resources
STOP Aquatic Invasive Species
A Presentation to the Malachi Campers’ Association
at the AGM on April 25, 2017
Candace Parks, Aquatic Invasive Species Specialist
Province of Manitoba’s Department of Sustainable Development.
We hope you can attend this very worthwhile and important presentation!
Candace is the lead for the province’s Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) program. Candace focuses on communicating to user groups their legal responsibilities, and how collectively, everyone must take personal responsibility to stop the spread of aquatic invasive species. Notably, she works with all levels of government, industry and user-groups to address how to manage, and adapt to Zebra Mussel invasion.
Once Zebra Mussels become established they cannot be eradicated, so it is extremely important to stop their spread from nearby bodies of water.
Zebra Mussels in Manitoba
Zebra Mussels were confirmed in Lake Winnipeg in the fall of 2013 and the Red River and Cedar Lake 2015. Manitoba Water Stewardship.
Zebra Mussels in Ontario
Zebra mussels are found throughout all the Great Lakes, Lake St. Clair and the Mississippi river watershed. Quagga mussels are found to be limited to the southern Great Lakes; Lake Ontario, Michigan, Huron and Erie. They have also been found in the St. Lawrence River and north to Quebec city. Ontario Awareness Program. Threat to Lake of the Woods.
Zebra Mussels in Minnesota
As of August 2016, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources have confirmed zebra mussels in 121 lakes, rivers and wetlands, and have listed 130 bodies of water as infested with zebra mussels because they are closely connected to a waterway where zebra mussels have been found. Affected waters list.