Although it is officially fall, we at the WaterPortal are still dwelling on summer. Beyond the heat and sunshine there were some ongoing water stories that took an interesting turn this summer. This week we'll be posting five stories we felt were worth revisiting.


invasive mussels
Photo: "Aquatic Invasive Species: Mussel fouled propeller from Lake Mead, Arizona" from Government of Alberta is licenced under CC BY 2.0.


Quagga and zebra mussels made headlines this summer as the Provincial government and water managers stepped up efforts to prevent invasive species from making their way into Alberta. The Province is developed a 5-pronged approach to preventing infestation and indicated inspecting boats at the border would be a priority. On August 6th the Province announced Alberta–Montana Canine Mussel Detection Pilot, a program that used dogs specially trained to sniff out mussels. To date, the program was successful and two boats containing invasive mussels were stopped over the August long weekend.


Date Article 
August 28, 2014  Calgary Herald Staff. Province finds invasive mussels on two boats during inspections. Calgary Herald.
August 11, 2014 CBC News Staff. Fisherman mad, disappointed zebra mussels found in Lake Winnipeg. CBC News Manitoba. 
August 6, 2014 CBC News Staff. Sniffer dogs to keep invasive mussels out of Alberta waterways. CBC News Calgary. 
May 2, 2014 Derworiz, Collette. Invasive mussels could carry high costs. Edmonton Journal. 



Read more from our "Summer Stories Worth Revisiting" series

Part 1: Invasive Mussels

Part 2: Ghost Lake Reservoir

Part 3: Proposed Maligne Lake Development

Part 4: Cochrane Lake