Richmond asks for help fighting invasive aquatic plant

Vancouver Sun

A letter to the provincial government will likely be the next step in Richmond’s efforts to eradicate an aquatic plant that has invaded a waterway in Steveston and threatens a nearby wetland.

The staff recommendation to send the letter requesting that the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations get involved immediately and allocate money to fighting the Brazilian elodea infestation was endorsed by all members of the general purposes committee last week, of which the mayor and all councillors are members.

Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie is confident council will vote unanimously to send the letter at Tuesday’s meeting.

“There’s frustration by the city, there’s certainly frustration on the part of the strata unit holders in what’s called Mariner’s Village, which is where it is, and it’s important that it move ahead expeditiously,” Brodie said on Monday.

“It is a real problem and we just have to make sure it does not spread anywhere.” …

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