INVESTING IN BC CONSERVATION SINCE 1981

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.

The program is now open for the third intake of Invasive Mussel Monitoring Grants. For more information including how to apply, click on the apply tab. The application deadline is February 3, 2020 at 4:30 pm PST.

In 2019, the Invasive Mussels Lake Monitoring Fund 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

We are now accepting applications for Invasive Mussel Monitoring Grants with a deadline of February 3, 2020 at 4:30 pm.

If you are interested in applying begin by reviewing the 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 Christina Waddle, Conservation Specialist at christina.waddle@hctf.ca or 250-940-3011. For questions specifically about the Field Protocol, please contact Cassandra Silverio, Aquatic Invasive Species Specialist with ENV at Cassandra.Silverio@gov.bc.ca or 236-478-1418.

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. 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 Christina Waddle, Conservation Specialist at 250-940-3011 or christina.waddle@hctf.ca 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:

  • 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, christina.waddle@hctf.ca).

  • 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, christina.waddle@hctf.ca).

Invasive Mussel Project Profiles