CKISS hoping Invasive Mussels will be an election issue

The Central Kootenay Invasive Species Society is hoping the prevention of invasive Zebra and Quagga invasive mussels will be a hot topic during the provincial election.

Laurie Frankcom says with the discovery of invasive mussels in Montana, it's time to act now.

She says while the province pledged around 3 million dollars in additional measures in March, the cost to effectively prevent an invasion would be around 20 million dollars.

To put that in perspective she says Ontario spends between 75 and 90 million dollars a year managing impacts of the invasion there.

She says mussels can't be eradicated once established in a water body, and they can lead to clogged water supply systems and hydropower facilities, they can harm drinking water and crash native fish populations, and cover beaches with razor sharp shells.

Frankcom says they're hoping residents will make it an election issue.

There is an Election Forum tonight  from 7-8:30 pm at the Prestige Lakeside Resort in Nelson.