Sunday, February 29, 2004

Getting Tough on the Boaters

Officials in the state of Maine announced last week that they're going to be getting a lot stricter about fining boaters who violate the state's laws, requiring them to keep their boats weed-free. As reported by, the state feels they've spent enough time educating people about how the rules work (get a sticker, clean your boat) - they're ready to enforce! The Maine Warden Service is seeking to remove a restriction in the current legislation that requires them to issue warnings instead of fines if a violator does not have a boat sticker. The article also has a well-written review of other invasive aquatic plant issues in the state, and a "by the numbers" review of the boat inspection program.

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