In March we told you that House Bill 1589 - the ‘Clean and Drain’ bill
- had been passed by the New Hampshire House of Representatives. Following additional advocacy work from NH LAKES with many of you – our members – the Senate subcommittee and then full Senate voted unanimously to pass the bill. It is now moving through a final process that we expect will result in the Governor signing the bill into law - possibly at our 2016 Lake Congress on Friday, June 3!
This new law will require all boaters to clean off all aquatic vegetation - native and invasive
from their boat and trailer, and
to drain their boat, whenever they exit a waterbody. We know that cleaning and draining a boat will prevent most aquatic invasive plants and animals from hitchhiking from one waterbody to another. If boaters also take the time to dry their boats, trailers, and gear – ideally for a minimum of five days – the potential for the spread of aquatic invasive species will virtually be eliminated.
We have the power to prevent the further spread of aquatic invasive species if we all clean, drain, and dry our boats, trailers, and gear between waterbodies. We know that you know this – but let’s spread the word to everyone else – including our family, friends, neighbors, renters, and visitors to our favorite lake.
Once it is signed by the Governor, House Bill 1589
will become law on January 1, 2017. We look forward to working with you all in getting the word out. We thank all our members and supporters for helping us to make this happen and we thank the dedicated legislators and agency officials who rolled up their sleeves with us and got the work done.
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