More action needed on mussels

Thank you to Premier Christy Clark for your response to my letter this past summer.

An open letter to Premier Christy Clark:

Thank you for your response to my letter this past summer.

In your reply, you outlined what the province of B.C. is doing to protect us from an infestation of zebra and quagga mussels. None of this was new information and, all together, it is still not enough. You did recognize that “there is still work to be done.” I couldn’t agree more. With the expertise gained from a year of full-time research on this issue, I again urge you to act immediately and decisively.

Saskatchewan is doing practically nothing. Alberta has mandatory inspections at their Eastern border, but those inspections only run during regular working hours.

A very real scenario still exists where a contaminated boat could cross through Alberta after the inspectors have gone home for the day, slip past one of B.C.’s “roving” teams, and launch in our waters. Until such time as this perimeter defence is fully in place, you must have an unbroken wall at our border.

The only acceptable system for protecting our province is stopping and inspecting 100 per cent of boats before they enter our province.

When can we expect to see that in place?

Brynne Morrice

 

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