Clean Drain Dry program launching in BC
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WILLIAMS LAKE, BRITISH COLUMBIA, August , 8th - The Canadian Council on Invasive Species is excited to launch a new Clean Drain Dry project in British Columbia (BC), as the foundation for a national program. The project aims to encourage boaters, aquatic recreationists, and fishers, who play a critical role in protecting local watersheds from invasive species, to clean, drain, and dry all boats, equipment, and gear.
“The Canadian Council on Invasive Species is pleased to work in partnership with Fisheries and Oceans Canada in launching the Clean Drain Dry program in BC,” says Executive Director, Barry Gibbs. Gibbs says that Clean Drain Dry should be standard practice to ensure boats, equipment, and gear are free of invasive species, particularly invasive mussels. Gibbs notes that the resources developed through this project in BC will be available to other partners, organizations, and the public across Canada.
The three-year project will focus on three main outreach and education components. An online hub for Clean Drain Dry information and resources will be established; Clean Drain Dry signage will be created, to be installed by participating partners across BC; and a social and digital media campaign will be developed, including videos and Public Service Announcements.
“Our government is committed to protecting the unique biodiversity and quality of Canadian waters,” said the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard. “Through increased education, we can help ensure that boaters can continue to stimulate the economy without putting our ecosystems and infrastructure at risk.”
This project directly aligns with the Canadian Council on Invasive Species’ other national “Taking Action” programs that are implemented from coast to coast to coast. Focused on encouraging best practices, these programs facilitate partners, other organizations, and the public to take actions to stop the spread of invasive species via pathways such as horticulture, firewood and outdoor recreation. To learn more about Clean Drain Dry or other education and outreach programs, visit www.canadainvasives.ca.
About the Canadian Council on Invasive Species
The Canadian Council on Invasive Species works collaboratively across jurisdictional boundaries to support actions and disseminate information that can help reduce the threat and impacts of invasive species. Invasive species councils, committees, and coalitions representing provinces and territories across Canada establish this federal society to work together to reduce the impact of invasive species across the country. For more information, visit our website. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook: @CanadaInvasives
Barry Gibbs, Co-Chair, Canadian Council on Invasive Species