The Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation (HCTF) administers a funding program for invasive mussel monitoring in British Columbia lakes. This program was made possible by a $450,000 contribution from BC’s Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy (ENV). In 2019, additional funds were secured by ENV through the Canada Nature Fund for Aquatic Species at Risk administered by the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans.

The 2020 intake of this program is now closed. The next intake will take place in winter of 2020 for 2021 sampling. Check back here in early December for application information.

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:

  • Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society
  • Coastal Invasive Species Committee
  • 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
  • Okanagan Nation Alliance
  • Invasive Species Council of British Columbia (Cariboo)
  • Boundary Invasive Species Society
  • Christina Lake Stewardship Society
  • Okanagan and Similkameen Invasive Species Society

Thank you to everyone who submitted an application prior to the February 3rd deadline. The 2020 intake is now closed. The next opportunity to apply will be in the late fall of 2020.

If you are interested in applying, please start by reviewing the 2019 Invasive Mussels Lake Monitoring Fund Program Guidelines.

Invasive Mussel Lake Monitoring Fund Program Guidelines

The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy (ENV) has updated and released a new version of the 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 now includes a list of priority waterbodies which must be used to select from for sampling. Please be sure to review the updated Field Protocol carefully.

British Columbia Dreissenid Mussel Lake Monitoring Field Protocol

If you would like to apply for funding under this program, you will need to complete Part 1 and 2 of the application package. Also included below are additional instructions and a spreadsheet with the list of 2020 priority waterbodies. Please read the instructions carefully before beginning your application.

For any questions on this granting program, please contact Karen Barry. For questions specifically about the Field Protocol, please contact Cassandra Silverio, Aquatic Invasive Species Specialist with Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy at

Congratulations on completing the monitoring field season! Please ensure that all data is submitted to the lab before October 31st, 2020. You will also need to submit the following to HCTF by November 30th, 2020:

The Grant Report and lab results will be reviewed to ensure that samples were received by the lab and data 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 If you have questions about the forms, please contact Karen Barry at

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:

  • Conditional Grant Agreement

    Please note that your project final approval is subject to entering into a Conditional Grant Agreement with HCTF. You will receive a notification from Jade Neilson via DocuSign to sign your agreement electronically. Please read your grant agreement carefully, and complete all requirements before returning to HCTF.

  • Sample and Data Submission Procedures

    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 will be emailed to proponents for 2020.

    New for 2020 – We are not providing a specific form for use when monitoring substrate samplers; however, we will ask for a record of where substrate sampling occurred in your final report including waterbody, location, date of installation, frequency of inspections, and the date sampler retrieved at the end of the season.

    If you have not received your forms or if anything is unclear, please contact Karen Barry.

    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.

  • Additional Data

    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 Cassandra Silverio.

  • Change Requests

    If you wish to make any changes to your sampling plan (e.g. change a sampling site), request a budget increase, or request other changes to your project, please contact Karen Barry at HCTF for approval (

Invasive Mussel Project Profiles