Volunteers from the Osoyoos Lake Water Quality Society were trained this week at Legion Beach in Osoyoos on how to conduct shoreline surveys to look for invasive clams by the Okanagan and Similkameen Invasive Species Society (OASISS).

Infestations of these yellow-green to light-brown clams know as Corbicula Fluminea, may clog water intake pipes and filters. These invasive clams will attach, breed and die, leaving live clams, empty shells and dead body tissue.

This could result in multi-million dollar damages to power and water industry facilities as well and have a negative impact on recreation and tourism in BC.