BANFF, ALTA. Federal Environment Minister Steven Guillebault is expected to announce funding Saturday to fight aquatic invasive species in five mountain national parks in Alberta and British Columbia.

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Guillebault, which is due in Banff, Alta., plans to provide about $15 million over the next five years to prevent and manage invasive species in Banff, Jasper, Kootenay, Waterton Lakes and Yoho National Parks Can go

The money is to be used for both prevention and education programs.

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Environment and Climate Change Canada says the park is vulnerable to disease-causing parasites that linger in fish, along with non-native species of mussels. Invasive species can be spread by people who enjoy mountain rivers and lakes.

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The work is also expected to support the recovery of species at risk, including Westslope Cutthroat Trout, Athabasca Rainbow Trout and Bull Trout.

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Gilbault is in Banff after spending Friday in a Calgary meeting with oil industry representatives and Alberta Environment Minister Jason Nixon.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on December 4, 2021.