The New Hampshire 2016 Legislative Session is underway and we are on deck to testify in support of our ‘Clean and Drain’ legislation to prevent the further spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS).
WE NEED YOU & YOUR FELLOW LAKE STEWARDS TO STEP UP TO BAT WITH US!
The ‘Clean and Drain’ draft bill—House Bill (HB) 1589—has been assigned to the House Resources, Recreation, and Development Committee and will be heard on Tuesday, January 26, at 1:00 pm.
HB 1589 is designed to modify existing law by requiring boaters to clean off the outside of boats and trailers to remove all
vegetation—invasive or native—and to drain
the water out of their boats (to the extent the vessel is so equipped) when moving between waterbodies.
To read the current version of HB 1589, click here.
NH LAKES has been working with a variety of stakeholders to ensure these requirements are described in a way that will effectively prevent aquatic invasive plants and animals from hitchhiking on boats and trailers from one waterbody to another. At the same time, we have been sensitive to the difficulties of doing so with some watercraft and in some situations. The final language of HB 1589 should strike this balance between stopping the spread of AIS and the ability of boaters to easily comply with the ‘Clean and Drain’ requirements.
Note: We know that boats and trailers should be cleaned, drained, and dried when moved between waterbodies but we did not think that drying boats as a requirement of law was reasonable to expect or to enforce. Our educational messages will continue to include the full clean, drain, and dry protocol.
For a detailed, two-sided informational sheet on why the 'Clean and Drain' legislation should become law, click here.
HERE'S WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP!
1. Attend the hearing and support HB 1589.
House Resources, Recreation and Development Committee hearing
Tuesday, January 26, at 1:00 pm
Room 305, State Legislative Office Building
, 33 North State Street, Concord
NH LAKES will be there to testify in support of HB 1589 (with amendments) and we need you there too to let the committee members know how important this ‘Clean and Drain’ requirement is to protecting our lakes from the further spread of aquatic invasive species.
If you plan to attend or, even better, testify at the hearing, please bring 20 copies of your written testimony to hand out to the committee and plan to keep your verbal testimony to three minutes or less. And, bring a friend from your local lake community to testify with you – the more advocates we have in the room the better.
2. Contact the committee members before the hearing.
If you can’t attend the hearing, please reach out to members of the House Resources Committee via phone, postal mail or email, to let them know why they should support HB 1589. For committee member contact information, click here.
Please be brief, constructive, and respectful when expressing your support of HB 1589. If you need any guidance in doing so, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
3. Spread the word to your fellow lake advocates.
Please spread the word to your fellow lake association members and advocates about HB 1589. The easiest way to do so is by simply clicking on the 'forward button' located to the right of this text block in the right-hand column of this newsletter or on the 'forward button' located at the top of this newsletter.
Thank you, in advance, for any action that you will take in support of HB 1589. Your actions before January 26 are needed to keep this bill alive and moving forward.
As always, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
or (603) 226-0299.
On behalf of the New Hampshire Lakes Association,
President & Policy Advocate