British Canoeing has recently received reports that this highly invasive and problematic invasive species has unfortunately found its way into two important recreational waters in the East Midlands.
On the 23rd October quagga mussels were found at Hall Reservoir in Lincolnshire, and Rutland Water. While there is no risk to drinking water quality, this invasive non-native species can reproduce and spread rapidly, infesting intake pipes and altering the ecology of reservoirs. It is not known how they got into the reservoirs, nor if they are present in connected catchments upstream.
Anglian Water is working with the Environment Agency and GB Non-Native Species Secretariat to agree an appropriate response to halt the spread of this species.
Even though this invasive species does not have direct consequences to paddling, it does have huge detrimental impacts on water company assets as well as changing the ecology of the water. British Canoeing therefore urge paddlers to adopt ‘check, clean, dry’ and work together to help stop the spread.– Richard Atkinson, British Canoeing Policy Officer
The Environment Agency is carrying out investigations to establish the extent of the new quagga mussel population.
Find out more about Check, Clean, Dry here.