AUGUSTA, Maine -- An expanded action plan designed to halt or manage the spread not only of invasive aquatic plants, but also invasive aquatic species such as fish, mollusks and crustaceans is the topic of discussion at four public meetings to be held throughout the state this August.
The four key goals of this new action plan are go educate the public, prevent new introductions, limit the spread of established populations to new waters and reduce the harmful effects resulting from the spread. This plan would guide and coordinate the policies and programs of state agencies and partners in directing efforts to halt and control invasive species.
This action plan builds upon the law enacted by the 120th legislature that was designed to halt the spread of invasive aquatic plants. The sale of a Lake and River Protection Sticker, which is required of anyone using a motorized boat on the inland waters of the state, was established to raise funds and public awareness for prevention, detection and control of these species. An inspection and education program was instituted as part of the program.
That law also granted emergency authority to regulate surface use such as boating and fishing on plant infested waters. The new plan reaffirms that authority, as well as considering stronger options such as roadside inspections and limiting access to waterways if voluntary inspections do not work.
For a copy of this plan, please go to: http://www.state.me.us/dep/blwq/comment.htm. Public meetings on the will be held at the following locations:
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