Workshop takes on invasive aquatics in Chilliwack

eurasian watermilfoil : cultus lake

Chilliwack Progress – January 31, 2013

It’s time to bring the best minds to the problem of invasive aquatic plants — namely Eurasian milfoil.

It’s become a huge problem at Cultus Lake in Chilliwack for example.

The long-term answer, according to the latest science, apparently isn’t something simple like yanking it out by the root balls.

The invasive plant grows quickly and it can get in the way of swimming, waterskiing, and boating. It can choke out native species and interfere with fish habitat.

“It’s been vexing us for so long. It was time to bring the best minds to look at how it’s managed,” said Marion Robinson, chair of Cultus Lake Aquatic Stewardship Strategy.

A workshop using video conferencing on water quality and Eurasian Watermilfoil in Cultus and Nicola Lakes is set for Feb. 15 in the Aboriginal Gathering Place on the Chilliwack campus of UFV. It goes 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a traditional lunch. It’s organized and hosted by The Cultus Lake Aquatic Stewards (CLASS), facilitated by the Fraser Basin Council, and other partners….

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