Advocacy

PRIORITY LAKE BILLS 2017

LD 359 An Act to Protect Maine Lakes and Ponds from Invasive Species, Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee.  Requires all passive craft on inland waters to display an invasive aquatic species sticker to be purchased for a one-time fee of $5.   Fee revenues to be distributed 20% to IF&W, 80% to DEP with $.25 to the selling agent. Fee revenues to be used for management and removal of invasive aquatic plants. (Phyllis Ginzler, Bridgton, is the Sponsor)       ACTION: This bill has had a Hearing.  A work Session will follow soon.  Now is the time to write the Committee.  Address Chairs Senator Cyrway and Representative Duchesne c/o Committee Clerk Julia Brown at  julia.brown@maine.legislature.gov 

LD 178 An Act to Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue to Provide Jobs, Improve Road Infrastructure and Protect Maine Resources, Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, This bill would double the amount of money available for NPS Abatement efforts through the 319 Clean Water Act program at DEP.  Creates an in-state match for 319 funds to pay for on-the-ground remediation of gravel roads, ditches and culverts. (A Maine Lakes Society bill; Sponsor: Russell Black, Wilton)

LD 559 An Act to Standardize the Law Concerning Property Transfers and to Protect Water Quality, Labor, Commerce, Research and Community Development Committee. Extends to all shoreland zones the requirement for a licensed Plumbing Inspector to pass on subsurface waste water disposal systems located in coastal shoreland zones when a property is sold. (A Maine Lakes Society Bill, Gary Hilliard is the Sponsor.)                 IMMEDIATE ACTION: Testify on Tuesday, March 7 at 1 pm, 208 Cross Office Building  or write to the Committee

LR 1365 An Act to Better Understand and Control Milfoil, Environment and Natural Resources Committee. This bill proposes to fund a complete needs assessment to determine funding needs for strategic prevention, management and eradication of invasive aquatic plants.  The purpose is to collect data and develop a convincing argument when we return to ask for an increase the Milfoil Sticker Fee. Tom Saviello is the lead sponsor). 

 An Act to Increase Funding for Youth Conservation Corps, Environment and Natural Resources Committee. This important and strategic bill seeks $100,000 over 2 years to fund summer nonpoint source abatement jobs for Maine high school and college age students working for Youth Conservation Corps.  YCC’s install Best Management Practices at no or low cost to property owners. (Tom Saviello, Sponsor)

 LR 1781 An Act to Improve Shoreland Zoning Rules and Enforcement to Support Municipalities, Environment and Natural Resources Committee. Increases the limit on penalties for violations of the SZA, requires the Department of Community and Economic Development to offer advanced training for Code Enforcement Officers and not eliminate or curtail CEO training if department funds are limited; requires before and after photos of Shoreland Zone work be submitted with permit applications, requires DEP to notify offending party of enforcement action when CEO requests. (Lydia Blume Sponsor).

LD 357 A Act to Create a Penalty for the Discharge of Waste from Watercraft, Environment and Natural Resources Committee. Creates a penalty of not less than $1,000 for waste discharge or operating a watercraft with a waste disposal system if it lacks a holding tank. (Representative Fay, Sponsor)

OPPOSE!  LD 400 An Act Regarding the Construction or Placement of Decks within the Shoreland Zone Environment and Natural Resources Committee. Rolls back Shoreland Zone, Natural Resources Protection Acts by permitting municipalities to adopt ordinances permitting decks within the 100 foot setback.  Sponsors: Turner, Burlington; Espling, New Gloucester; Rosen, Hancock; Alley, Beals; Campbell, Orrington; Foley, Wells;  Hanington, Lincoln; Kinney, Limington; Martin, Eagle Lake;  Reed, Carmel; Stanley, Medway.  Watch for Legislative Alerts on this one and make your voice heard in opposition.