The Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation (HCTF) administers a funding program for invasive mussel monitoring in British Columbia lakes. This program was initially made possible by a $450,000 contribution from BC’s Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy (ENV). Additional support for ongoing monitoring work is provided by both federal and provincial funding.
For 2023 the Invasive Mussels Lake Monitoring Fund is funding 11 projects for a total of $140,224. The following organizations received funding to undertake the sampling:
For 2022 the Invasive Mussels Lake Monitoring Fund is funding 9 projects for a total of $115,579. The following organizations received funding to undertake the sampling:
For the 2021 season, the Invasive Mussels Lake Monitoring Fund funded 12 proposals for a total of $148,863. The following organizations received funding to undertake the sampling:
For the 2020 season, the Invasive Mussels Lake Monitoring Fund funded 12 proposals for a total of $148,678. The following organizations received funding to undertake the sampling:
For the 2019 season the Invasive Mussels Lake Monitoring Fund funded 12 proposals for a total of $149,395. The program includes plankton tow sampling at 150 sites on 60 lakes for a total of over 800 samples, plus installation of over 75 substrate monitors. The following organizations received funding to undertake the sampling:
Intake for applications is now open.
The deadline for submitting applications in HCTF’s Survey Apply system is January 31st, 2024 at 4:30pm (PST).
Application guidance documents are now available on the Resources Tab.
Please see the newly updated Program Guidelines, Application Instruction, Word Worksheet, Waterbody Sampling Table and Survey Apply FAQs for instructions on how to create, fill out and submit your application. Application intake will open in December 2023. These new resources will assist you in getting started before intake opens.APPLY ONLINE
Congratulations on the approval of your Invasive Mussel Monitoring Grant!
Here are a few things you need to know about managing your Invasive Mussel Monitoring Grant:
Please note that your project final approval is subject to entering into a Conditional Grant Agreement with HCTF. You will receive a notification from HCTF via DocuSign to sign your agreement electronically when it is ready. Please read your grant agreement carefully, and complete all requirements before returning to HCTF.
View a sample of the Conditional Grant Agreement here.
A Sample and Data Submission Procedures document is included as an appendix to your Conditional Grant Agreement and includes information on how to submit plankton tow samples to the lab. The procedures refer to the Chain of Custody Form for Veliger Sample Collection. This form can be found on the Reporting tab.
Substrate monitoring is encouraged. If you have conducted substrate sampling please fill in the Substrate Monitoring Tracking Form 2021 , and include it with your final report. The substrate monitoring form helps ensure consistent data is recorded for waterbody, location (site name), date of installation, and frequency of inspections, along with helpful information of water temperature, pH and Secchi depth.
If you have not received your forms or if anything is unclear, please contact Barb von Sacken at email@example.com or 250-940-3013 if you have any questions about sample and data forms.
Reminder: To ensure proper tracking of lab samples, sample site names used in the field must correspond to sample sites names approved in your sampling plan and provided to the lab.
Please note that if you have collected any additional field data that does not fit on the Chain of Custody form, please submit this information separately directly to Martina.Beck@gov.bc.ca.
If you wish to make any changes to your sampling plan (e.g. change a sampling site) or adverse conditions require changes in sampling, or you have other changes to your project, please contact Beck, Martina at Martina.Beck@gov.bc.ca or Amalis Riera Vuibertat Amalis.RieraVuibert@gov.bc.ca and cc Barb von Sacken at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Funding for the HCTF invasive Mussel Monitoring Grant was originally provided by a $450,000 contribution from the Province of B.C., ongoing funding has continued to be supported through provincial funding. Therefore, HCTF and the Province of British Columbia must be acknowledged in any publicity issued, printed or distributed, including signs, displays, reports, announcements, articles, press releases, or media interviews. Funding acknowledgement requirements are detailed below.
Congratulations on completing the 2023 monitoring field season! Please ensure that all data is submitted to the lab before October 31st, 2023. You will also need to download, complete and submit the following reporting forms to HCTF by November 30th, 2023:
The Grant Report and lab results will be reviewed to ensure that samples were received by the lab and data was submitted in accordance with the approved plankton tow sampling plan. The Grant Report and all data must be submitted in order to receive the final payment under your grant. Please send completed forms to email@example.com.
Change Request – Please see Manage Tab for 2023. Form and Instruction to come for 2024
Communication Request – Please see Manage Tab for 2023. Form and Instruction to come for 2024
Invasive Mussels Lake Monitoring Fund Grant Report Template 2023 – as a Word document
Appendix 1 – Sampling Sites by Waterbody 2023 – as an Excel file
Appendix 2 – Collated Chain of Custody Form 2023 – collated copies of the forms provided to the lab with your samples – as an Excel file
Appendix 3 Substrate Monitoring Tracking Form 2023 (if applicable) – as an Excel file