LD 184: An Act to minimize the propagation of invasive aquatic plants
This bill would require boaters to remove drain plugs, and empty live wells and bilge tanks when leaving a waterbody, helping to prevent the spread of invasive species through standing water. In addition to plants, species of most concern are Zebra mussels and spiny water fleas, which can survive for a long time in standing water.
30 Mile and our partners statewide strongly support passing this bill and we encourage you, as someone who cares about our lakes, to help us advocate.
Here’s how you can help: The public hearing was February 10th and the bill will now be taken up in a work session by the Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. If your state representative or senator is a member of this committee, we encourage you to send them a personal message requesting their support of this bill. Residents of Fayette, Mt. Vernon, New Sharon, and Vienna: Senator Russell Black is on this committee (Russell.Black@legislature.maine.gov).
Click here for a fact sheet about the bill.