Lacombe County wants to keep lakes free of invasive species

Lacombe County wants to keep its lakes free of invasive species such as the zebra mussel.

Lacombe County wants to keep its lakes free of invasive species such as the zebra mussel.

The county is asking people to help keep its lakes free of aquatic invasive species such as zebra mussels, eurasion watermilfoil and quagga mussels. Though these species are not yet in Alberta lakes, the county said if one were introduced it could cause severe damage.

These species can live for 30 days out of the water and reproduce as much as one million eggs every year, making them very difficult to eradicate.

To prevent the spread, people are asked to clean and inspect watercraft, trailers and gear; remove all plants, animals and mud at the access area or dock; soak gear in two per cent bleach for one minute and rinse, scrub or pressure wash your boat away from storm drains, ditches or waterways.

People should also drain all water from bait buckets, ballasts, bilges, coolers, internal compartments, livewells and transom motors on land before leaving a body of water, and never release live bait into a water body or transfer aquatic plants or animals.

The last important step is to dry watercraft and gear completely and to leave compartments open and sponge out standing water.

Just Posted

Man arrested in connection with violent home invasion

RCMP Emergency Response Team deployed

Gesundheit! Stifling a sneeze can cause injuries in rare cases, experts say

TORONTO — With cases of flu continuing to rise in Canada, there’s… Continue reading

‘Reprehensible’: Trudeau abortion policy raises ire of U.S. right

WASHINGTON — In what’s almost certainly a first in the lengthy history… Continue reading

Japan public TV sends mistaken North Korean missile alert

TOKYO — Japan’s public broadcaster mistakenly sent an alert warning citizens of… Continue reading

‘I shouldn’t have to have a husband:’ Winnipeg woman criticizes men-only club

WINNIPEG — A former chair of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce says… Continue reading

Replay Red Deer Jan. 14: Watch news highlights in pictures

Stories mentioned: Red Deer RCMP seize large quantity of cocaine: Read more… Continue reading

Advocate poll takers oppose plastic bag ban

Red Deer Advocate readers like their plastic bags. In an Advocate poll,… Continue reading

Photo: Chilly work in Veterans’ Park

What a chilly job but somebody has to do it.… Continue reading

Boy, 15, one of three hit in Vancouver shooting

Police believe a man in his 20s was the target of the shooting

UBCO psychology professor placed under supervision with focus on “boundary issues”

Dr. Stephen Porter has stepped aside from his teaching duties

Alberta elementary school teacher arrested on child porn charges

Investigators charged a 44-year-old Pincher Creek man with possessing, accessing, and distributing child pornography

Report: Health problems could arise as Alaska warms

Climate change in Alaska has the potential to create serious physical and… Continue reading

U.S. cold snap was a freak of nature, quick analysis finds

Consider this cold comfort: A quick study of the brutal American cold… Continue reading

Canadian Kennel Club seeking to add 12 more dogs to its pack

2018’s incoming class could include the Portuguese sheepdog, Tibetan mastiff, rat terrier and Spanish water dog

Most Read


Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month