Provincial Funding Announced for Invasive Species Projects

June 19, 2019

The B.C. government is providing $262,600 to the Fraser Valley Regional District to help address invasive aquatic plant impacts in Hatzic Lake near Mission. The funds will be used for:

  • The development of a remediation and management plan for Hatzic Lake, with input from stakeholders and various levels of government (local, provincial, federal and First Nations).
  • A primary focus of this project is to implement containment and control activities related to the invasive aquatic plant known as flowering rush (Butomus umbellatus).
  • The remediation and management plan will address water quality and invasive species issues in the lake. The plan will identify ways to reduce the current effects of flowering rush, prevent further impacts, improve aquatic habitat and protect species at risk.
  • A two-year Hatzic Lake Aquatic Invasive Plant Action Plan was created in 2016 to target flowering rush and more generally assess and control the spread of invasive aquatic plants in the lake and connected sloughs.

Quotes:

“This funding is a significant step forward toward addressing the long-term health of Hatzic Lake and developing a multi-jurisdictional management plan. We look forward to continuing to work with all stakeholders, including First Nations, as we collaborate and ensure a healthy future for this valuable resource.” - Jason Lum, Chair, Fraser Valley Regional District 

Quick Facts:

  • The B.C. government manages high-priority invasive species (through the work of staff or contractors) and provides ongoing financial assistance to a variety of organizations to contain and control invasive species.
  • The B.C. government’s Invasive Plant Program identifies sites where new invasive plant species have been found and responds quickly to contain and eradicate them before they become established and start spreading.
  • The Invasive Species Strategy for British Columbia 2018-2022 was released in 2018. It includes recommendations for the management of problem species, habitat restoration, monitoring programs, regulation and policy, funding and research.
  • Members of the public can report sightings of invasive plant species anywhere in B.C. by calling 1 888 WEEDSBC (1 888 933-3722).

Learn More:

Province of BC invasive species website: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/environment/plants-animals-ecosystems/invasive-species

Invasive Species Council of British Columbia: http://www.bcinvasives.ca

Invasive Species Strategy for British Columbia 2018-2022 is available on the Invasive Species Council of British Columbia website: https://bcinvasives.ca/documents/Invasive_Species_Strategy_for_BC-2018-180117-WEB.pdf