COURTESY BOAT INSPECTIONS
The best way to combat invasive plants in Maine waterways is to prevent them from entering in the first place. Recognizing this, in 2001 the Lakes Environmental Association, based in Bridgton, Maine, partnered with the State and other conservation minded organization to produce legislation to protect Maine from the threat. As a result, the Courtesy Boat Inspection http://www.maine.gov/dep/waterinvasives/inspect.html and Milfoil Sticker Programs were born http://www.maine.gov/dep/invasives/invsticker.html . The new programs and laws have helped slow the spread of the invasive plants by educating boat owners and by making it illegal to transport plant matter. For in-Maine boaters the milfoil sticker is part of the registration sticker. Out of state boaters need to purchase a sticker, which they can do on line through the Inland Fisheries & Waterways on line store,https://www10.informe.org/webshop ifw/index.php?Submit=View+Details& p=4932& storeID=2 Click Here, or wherever boats are registered or fishing licenses sold.
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Each spring TLEA hires a number of Courtesy Boat Inspectors (CBIs) to monitor boat launches at three sites on Thompson Lake. Hours are on weekends and holidays. Boat traffic is usually highest on Saturday and Sunday so inspectors must be able to work at least one weekend day a week. Inspectors talk to and educate boaters to do a self-inspection of their watercraft for invasive aquatic plants as they launch and remove their boat from the water. Reliability, honesty, and strong communication skills are a must for all CBIs. Inspectors generally start at $8 per hour. To learn more about becoming a Courtesy Boat Inspector, watch the CBI training video http://www.mainevlmp.org/wp/?page id=446 posted by the Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program CLICK HERE.
To read the Courtesy Boat Inspectors Handbook, CLICK HERE. If you are interested in becoming a Courtesy Boat Inspector on Thompson Lake:
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