Boaters crossing the border into the Canadian province of Alberta will soon be greeted by dogs trained to sniff out invasive mussels.
The provincial legislature voted to add mandatory inspections to the Alberta Fisheries Act, according to the Calgary Herald.
“Aquatic invasive species are one of the largest threats facing Alberta’s waterways and biodiversity,” environment minister Kyle Fawcett said in a statement.
The government says the ongoing infestation of zebra and quagga mussels risks clogging the province’s pipes, which would cost $75 million a year to fix.
Researchers have documented both of the invasive species spreading throughout the western United States and eastern Canada, making it as far west as Lake Winnipeg in Manitoba, according to the paper. The mussels filter through water, soaking up most of the nutrients that aquatic plants and animals depend on.