Invasive Mussel Monitoring The Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation (HCTF) created a new granting program to fund invasive mussel monitoring in British Columbia’s lakes and rivers. This program is made possible by a $450,000 contribution from BC’s Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy (ENV). Please note that the application deadline for 2018 has passed. We expect we will be accepting applications again in early 2019. Updates will be posted on this webpage and included in our e-newsletter and on social media. For more information, please contact Christina Waddle by email at email@example.com or by calling 250-940-3011. The following organizations were approved for Invasive Mussel Monitoring Grants in 2018: Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society Upper Fraser Fisheries Conservation Alliance Sea to Sky Invasive Species Council Fraser Valley Invasive Species Society Lillooet Regional Invasive Species Society Central Kootenay Invasive Species Society East Kootenay Invasive Species Council Invasive Species Council of British Columbia (Cariboo) Skeena Fisheries Commission Northwest Invasive Plant Council Boundary Invasive Species Society Christina Lake Stewardship Society Okanagan and Similkameen Invasive Species Society Funding will be used by proponents to undertake monitoring of substrates and plankton tow sampling for mussel veligers. Good luck to all proponents for work this field season. Spring 2018 Application Information For more information about this program, please begin by reviewing the Invasive Mussels Lake Monitoring Fund Program Guidelines. If you would like to apply for funding under this program, you will need to complete Part 1 and 2 of the application form. Please read the instructions carefully before beginning your application. Lake Monitoring Fund Grant Application Instructions – PDF (Updated 26/02/18 to include information if scoring your waterbody using Appendix G3 and G4) Part 1 Lake Monitoring Fund Grant Application Form (Word document) Part 2 Sampling List and Water Body Risk Assessment (Excel spreadsheet) You will also need to read the new British Columbia Dreissenid Mussel Lake Monitoring Field Protocol which describes in detail the protocol that must be followed when collecting samples with funding from this program. The Field Protocol document also describes the risk assessment criteria for water bodies that forms the basis of Part 2 of the application. For questions about the Field Protocol, please contact Martina Beck at firstname.lastname@example.org or 250-208-6520. We have also put together an Invasive Mussels Lake Monitoring Example Equipment and Supplier List that may be helpful in sourcing equipment. You can download the list here. The Invasive Species Council of BC hosted a webinar presented by Martina Beck (BC ENV) about the new Field Protocol, waterbody risk assessment ranking criteria, and HCTF funding application process. A archived recording of the webinar is available on the ISCBC website, and the PowerPoint presentation used in the webinar may be downloaded here. Download the Invasive Mussel Lake Monitoring Grants brochure.