AUGUSTA, Maine -- Under a new law passed by the state legislature, motorized boaters on Maine's inland waterways will have to sport a new sticker next to their registration numbers this year in order to halt the spread of invasive aquatic plants.
The Lake and River Protection Sticker is available at town offices and wherever fishing licenses are sold. The cost for the two stickers is $10.00 for residents and $20.00 for nonresidents. Each sticker must be displayed next to their registration sticker on both sides of the hull of the boat. The stickers are mandatory for anyone using a motorized boat on the inland waters of Maine.
Maine Game Wardens have been charged by the state legislature with enforcing this new law. Game wardens on patrol will look to see if motorized boats on Maine's inland waters are displaying the sticker.
Proceeds from the sale of the sticker will go towards education, enforcement and eradication efforts, all aimed at stopping the spread of invasive aquatic plants. Projects that are funded by the sale of the sticker include boat and trailer inspections, educating boater and lake users, managing infested sites, and reducing the spread of invasive plants from other states.
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