Boaters whose vessels are registered outside New Hampshire will now have to pay $20 annually to use state waters. Revenue generated from the sale of the $20 decals will go to the state’s Lake Restoration and Preservation Fund. The decal law is the first major piece of legislation in a decade designed to increase state funding for milfoil control.
An opportunity to work outdoors, meet people, and help keep invasive plants from entering the lake awaits a handful of lucky individuals who are selected for this year’s Lake Host program on Ossipee Lake.
New Ossipee Lake Alliance survey shows 21 milfoil-infested New Hampshire lakes, ponds, and rivers do not have an ongoing weed control program.
Jim McElroy and R.A. Oram of the Freedom Aquatic Invasive Species Committee have issued a report to the Select Board detailing the group’s milfoil control and prevention activities for the season to date. In the picture, milfoil markers are prepared for placement at Huckins Pond. Photo: R.A. Oram.
The NH Department of Environmental Services’ Exotic Species Program coordinates the state’s activities to prevent, research, and control invasive plants and other species. It is funded by $7.50 from each boat registered in the state each year, much of which comes back to local towns via grants for weed control and Lake Host inspectors. This report summarizes the broad range of activities conducted by the DES between 2009 and 2012.