This bill provides funding in fiscal years 2014-15 and 2015-16 in the amount of $225,000 for the Lake and River Protection Fund within the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and in the amount of $900,000 for the Invasive Aquatic Plant and Nuisance Species Fund within the Department of Environmental Protection. These General Fund distributions are intended to correspond to the annual average funds deposited into each of these accounts representing fees collected on motorboat and personal watercraft lake and river protection stickers issued pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 12, section 13058, subsection 3. Pursuant to statute, these funds are used by each department to engage in activities relating to the containment, eradication and management of the spread of invasive aquatic plants and nuisance species in Maine, to assist municipalities and other entities in accomplishing these goals and to aid in the enforcement of laws and rules pertaining to invasive aquatic plants and nuisance species.
2015 Legislative Session-
Bills that pertain to Watershed Issues
Below you can find summaries and links to proposed legislation on watershed, lake, and water quality issues. An overview of proposed legislation is found here: MLS February Legislative Review Courtesy of Maine Lakes Society.
LD 1558 Working Title: Resolve, To Further Protect Lake Water Quality-
Here is the final wording for proposed legislation LD 1558. This bill is slated to be referred to the Environment and Natural Resources Committee http://legislature.maine.gov/committee/#Committees/ENR
One note, the reason for the 112 foot setback is to allow for heavy construction equipment use but retain 100 feet of undisturbed buffer between new construction and the water’s edge. Here is the proposed bill: LD1558.wWaterQuality
LD 70 Emergency Title: An Act To Assist Towns in Eradicating Milfoil and Other Invasive Aquatic Plants and Nuisance Species
LD 40 Title: An Act To Protect Maine’s Great Ponds
This bill creates a prohibition on the application of fertilizers within 50 feet of the normal high-water line of a great pond, with exceptions for persons involved in agriculture or applying fertilizer to establish or restore vegetation to stop, slow or remediate shoreline erosion or damage.
Here is the proposed bill: LD 40
LD 568 Title: An Act To Protect Maine Lakes
This bill amends the laws governing the Lakes Assessment and Protection Program. It also creates a prohibition on the application of fertilizers within 25 feet of the normal high-water line of a great pond, with exceptions for persons involved in agriculture.
Here is the proposed bill: LD 568