At the 2015 GLCC Annual General Meeting in London, ON, Executive Director of Georgian Bay Forever, David Sweetnam spoke on invasive species in the Great Lakes. The key message is to be vigilant and to help prevent invasive species from establishing themselves in these waters. Once established, the costs to eradicate them are extremely high. Here are some examples of the costs of invasive zebra mussels:
• Cost the power industry alone $3.1 billion in the 1993-1999 period
• Impact on industries, businesses, and communities over $5 billion
• Ontario Hydro reported zebra mussel impacts of $376,000 annually per generating station
Georgian Bay Forever is a charity dedicated to scientific research and public education on Georgian Bay's aquatic ecosystem. To learn more about their efforts, please visit GeorgianBayForever.