The Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation (HCTF) administers a funding program for invasive mussel monitoring in British Columbia’s lakes and rivers. This program was made possible by a $450,000 contribution from BC’s Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy. In 2019, the Invasive Mussels Lake Monitoring Fund has funded 12 proposals for 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

The deadline for 2019 applications has closed.

For any questions on this granting program, please contact the Conservation Specialist.

The project 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 and substrate monitoring plan. Please have all data submitted by October 31st, 2019 at the latest. An HCTF Invasive Mussels Lake Monitoring Fund Grant Report must also be completed and submitted by November 30th, 2019. All data and this form must be submitted in order to receive the final payment under your grant. The report form will be available for download here in mid-October.

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 two copies of a Conditional Grant Agreement and an accompanying checklist. Please read your grant agreement carefully, and complete all requirements on the checklist 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 and record data from monitoring of substrate samplers. The procedures refer to the Chain of Custody Form for Veliger Sample Collection and the Substrate Monitoring Tracking Form. These forms have been distributed to proponents for 2019.

    New for 2019 – Copies of all spreadsheet submissions to the lab and substrate monitoring tracking forms must be submitted along with the HCTF report form at the end of the field season. HCTF will compile this information to provide to the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy.

    If you have not received your forms or if anything is unclear, please contact Christina Waddle at HCTF (250-940-3011,

  • Additional Data

    Please note that if you have collected any additional data that does not fit on the Chain of Custody form or the Substrate Monitoring Tracking Form (e.g. probe data from sampling site), please submit this separately directly to Cassandra Silverio.

  • Change Requests

    If you wish to make significant changes to your sampling plan (e.g. add another waterbody for sampling, cancel sampling at a waterbody), request a budget increase or request other substantial changes to your project, please contact Christina Waddle at HCTF for prior approval (250-940-3011,

Invasive Mussel Project Profiles