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 the fall of 2020 for 2021 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:
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.
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.
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 Cassandra.Silverio@gov.bc.ca
In recognition of the recent pressures placed on current HCTF grant recipients in the ongoing efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 we have automatically extended this year’s deadline for submitting grant reports to June 30th, 2020. You do not need to apply for this extension. Please note: if you’re able to submit your report prior to the April 15th deadline, we highly encourage you to do so! This will allow us to get you your final payment sooner, by cheque or electronic fund transfer.
An Invasive Mussel Monitoring Grant Report must be submitted 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. We will be asking for a record of all substrate monitors installed over the 2020 season. The Grant Report and all data must be submitted in order to receive the final payment under your grant.
Grant Report forms will be posted here in October of 2020. Please contact Karen Barry at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
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 Jade Neilson via DocuSign to sign your agreement electronically. Please read your grant agreement carefully, and complete all requirements before returning to HCTF.
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.
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.
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 (Karen.Barry@hctf.ca).