Invasive Mussel Monitoring

The Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation (HCTF) has 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).

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.  

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 or 250-208-6520.

NEW 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.

Completed applications must be submitted to HCTF by 4:30pm on March 5th, 2018. Please email application forms and attachments to

For questions about the application process, please contact Christina Waddle by email at or by calling 250-940-3011.

The Invasive Species Council of BC recently 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.