TALKING POINTS FOR LD 70

Photo credit: “Milfoil Maids in Great Meadow Stream, Rome, Maine.  Courtesy BRCA

Photo credit: “Milfoil Maids in Great Meadow Stream, Rome, Maine. Courtesy BRCA

LD 70, (EMERGENCY) Act to Assist Towns in Eradicating Milfoil and Other Invasive Aquatic Plants and Nuisance Species

Sponsored by Representative Kenneth Wade Fredette, House Majority Chair Committee of Reference: Environment and Natural Resources

This bill provides $225,000 to IF&W and $900,000 to DEP for eradication.  It needs your support.  A few talking points follow. Use them or your own and write to the Committee Clerk of the Environment and Natural Resources Committee tyler.washburn@legislature.maine.gov (Today would be good.)

  • Funding for eradication from the Lake and River Protection Sticker has remained flat while the number and size of infestations has grown. This timely bill boosts the State’s limited funds for eradication before it’s too late to contain the epidemic
  • The cost of cleaning up Maine’s infestations grows exponentially each year we wait. 24 waterways are already infested; each one of which could spawn explosive spread to many other waters.
  • This limited time investment will spur huge returns (ROI). Residents of many towns with infested lakes have shown their capacity to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars to augment the limited funds they receive from the state for invasive species control and eradication.
  • Municipalities which have a vested interest in maintaining their lakefront property tax revenues in partnership with experienced lake protection groups could lift Maine’s eradication efforts to a new level and reduce the threat to untroubled lakes and streams.
  • Lakes are a silent source of immense wealth. They generate $3.5B+ economic activity yearly, furnish 52,000 Maine workers with jobs, water half our homes, fuel thousands of businesses, fund vital municipal services, and epitomize Maine’s Way of Life, the why behind our #1 industry, Tourism.
  • Invasive Aquatic Species put these benefits in jeopardy. Support LD 70

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