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Battling invasive mussels comes with a high cost

New report outlines control methods — but it will take a massive, and expensive, effort every year

Reading Time: 5 minutes *[UPDATED, May 15, 2018] Winter may be the best weapon if zebra and quagga mussels invade Alberta’s waterways, says a new report. The two species, members of the dreissenid family of mussels, have spread across North America since being found in the Great Lakes more than three decades ago. And while they haven’t invaded Alberta waters […] Read more

Quagga mussels were first found in Lake Mead in 2007 and the population is now in the trillions. The lake, located east of Las Vegas, is the largest reservoir in the United States.

Keeping province free of invasive mussels

Zebra and quagga mussels could quickly devastate Alberta’s irrigation infrastructure

Reading Time: 2 minutes Zebra and quagga mussels are small freshwater, clam-like species that pose a significant threat to Alberta’s waterways and irrigation systems. “The concern with zebra and quagga mussels is that they multiply very quickly and can attach and accumulate on any submerged surface in the water, and could clog up water-related infrastructure such as irrigation pipelines […] Read more


Ice-free Great Lakes mean sunny outlook for seaway

CNS Canada — A lack of ice on the Great Lakes means Canada’s St. Lawrence Seaway will start shipping grain earlier than last year. Last year the seaway’s opening was delayed until the beginning of April, due to the amount of ice in the system, according to Bruce Hodgson, director of market development for St. […] Read more