The department shall prepare educational materials that inform the public about
problems associated with invasive aquatic plants, how to identify invasive aquatic
plants, why it is important to prevent the transportation of aquatic plants and the
prohibitions relating to aquatic plants contained in section 419-C. The department
shall make the materials available to municipalities, lake associations, water quality
monitors, law enforcement agents, businesses that sell aquatic plants in the State
and other interested individuals.
A. The department shall provide signs for installation at all state boat launch facilities
on fresh waters informing the public about the prohibition of aquatic plant transportation
on boats and trailers and may provide these signs, as available funds allow, for installation
at other boat launch sites including municipal boat launch facilities, campground
boat launch facilities and other commonly used launch sites. [1999, c. 722, §1 (NEW).]
B. The department shall work with the Department of Transportation and the Maine Turnpike
Authority to provide signs and educational materials on all major roads at the State's
borders advising incoming boat owners that state law requires all boats and trailers
to be free of aquatic plant material. [1999, c. 722, §1 (NEW).]
1999, c. 722, §1 (NEW)
The department shall investigate and document the occurrence of invasive aquatic
plants in state waters and may undertake activities to control invasive aquatic plant
populations as follows.
A. The department or a person designated by the department may attempt eradication of
an invasive aquatic plant from a water body if determined feasible by the department.
If the commissioner determines that eradication activities must be undertaken immediately,
a license is not required under section 480-C for the use of a physical, chemical
or biological control material by the department or a person designated by the department
if the use of the control material is specifically related to the immediate eradication
of invasive aquatic plant populations in the water body. Prior to undertaking an
eradication activity and to the extent practical, the department shall notify landowners
whose property is adjacent to the area where the activity will be undertaken. [2001, c. 232, §8 (AMD).]
B. The department may conduct research to test new control methods for the eradication
of invasive aquatic plants pursuant to section 362-A. [1999, c. 722, §1 (NEW).]
C. The department may study and develop a plan that includes the use of water level
drawdown for the eradication of invasive aquatic plants. If determined feasible by
the department, the department may implement a plan developed pursuant to this paragraph.
The department may seek funding from private sources to support the activities described
in this paragraph. [2003, c. 136, §1 (NEW).]
2003, c. 136, §1 (AMD)
1999, c. 722, §1 (NEW).
2001, c. 232, §8 (AMD).
2003, c. 136, §1 (AMD).
2005, c. 561, §1 (AMD).
2011, c. 47, §2 (AMD).
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