Aquatic Invasive Species
What are Aquatic Invasive Species?
Aquatic Invasive Species are plants and animals (mussels) that can infest our lake, damage pumps and irrigation systems, and clog boat props.
Once established, aquatic invasive species are almost impossible to remove.
These species have already infested many lakes in North America and are transported on boats and boating equipment.
Mussels can survive for up to 30 days outside of water and the larvae are too small to be seen.
What you can do to protect Chestermere Lake:
If you want to launch a boat that has been in any body of water outside of Alberta:
- Clean: Always clean, drain, and dry your boat and all recreational gear.
- Dry: Keep the boat out of the water for at least 30 days to ensure no mussels have survived.
- Inspect: If it has not been out of the water for more than 30 days, have your boat inspected. Call Toll Free: 1 855 336-2628 (BOAT) for the nearest inspection site.
Learn More: Read our Chestermere Aquatic Invasive Species Watch list for more information on concerns to our lake.
"Development Of Best Strategies For The Control Of Butomus umbellatus L. (Flowering Rush) In Alberta". Lisa Cahoon, University of Calgary
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Call 1 855 336-2628 (BOAT)
Video of the Dangers of Invasive Species
Video on how to clean your boat
Aquatic Invasive Species Watch List for Chestermere