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Apr 26 - Invasive Species - Janine Higgins, AEP

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While there are many aquatic invasive species (AIS) that pose a risk to Alberta waters, quagga and zebra mussels (Dreissena rostriformis, Dreissena polymorpha) are a significant concern due to the threats they pose to water conveyance infrastructure and the aquatic environment. An economic impact assessment estimates annual costs to Alberta in the event of an invasive mussel infestation to be more than $75 million! While the initial focus of the AIS Program was dreissenid mussels, it is now multi-taxa in scope as the threat of other invasive species has become very real in Alberta. We’ve had to respond to various invasions, including Flowering Rush, Phragmites and even goldfish, a pet that should never leave your aquarium!

 

 

 

 

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