Inland Fisheries Decision - Watercraft Horsepower on Clemons Pond
The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife issued its decision on the request to limit horsepower on Clemons Pond. The Commissioner, after considering all testimony, public comments and materials presented to him, decided not to impose a horsepower restriction at this time. (Click here to read the Commissioner's letter.)
On behalf of the majority of members of the Association, I would like to thank all who offered their services and wrote letters to Inland Fisheries in our attempt to limit the horsepower rating on our pond.
Special thanks to Bill Tate and Harold Gillman for all of their hard work.
2013 Legislative Alerts from the Maine Congress of Lake Associations (COLA)
Dear Friends of Maine Lakes,
This is the first in a series of Legislative Alerts from the Maine Congress of Lake Associations to inform you about 2013 actions affecting lakes in the Maine State Legislature. We provide this service to assist lake users and stewards make their views known about bills that could impact their lives and the well-being of their communities.
Today's note is a brief summary of 4 bills of interest. You will hear from us again when these initiatives are scheduled for a hearing. The general fund bond issue (#1 below) is a major focus for us this year.
An Act to Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue to Ensure Clean Water and Safe Communities
This bill creates a fund to preserve Maine’s high quality water resources. The Fund would be used to conserve land such as lake watersheds, aquifer recharge areas and forested headwaters and to improve man-made structures such as stream crossings, roads and culverts. Increasing pressure on lake ecosystems from climate change and development, coupled with budget cuts and agency downsizing make this vital measure one that all of us should actively support. Stay tuned and tell your friends!
LD 730: An Act to Protect Maine’s Loons by Banning Lead Sinkers and Jigs
Expanding the ban of lead sinkers to include the sale and use of lead sinkers up to 1 oz. and lead jigs up to 2.5 inches will reduce mortality and improve survival for Maine’s loons. Lead poisoning is the leading cause of loon death in Maine (97 lead poisonings out of 352 loon deaths have been documented since 1987 by Tufts University) Expected in Committee in late March.
LD 640: An Act to Exempt All-Terrain Vehicle Trail Maintenance from Storm Water Management Requirements
This bill extends to ATV trails the same statewide exemption from soil erosion precautions enjoyed by those who develop, construct and maintain snowmobile trails. Land use determines water quality. The snowmobile exemption already permits harm to Maine waters. It makes no sense to extend the application of a bad law on the grounds of equal treatment.
LD 674: An Act to Clarify the Natural Resources Protection Act
Here comes another Takings Bill! Not only that, but the clarification involved will drastically reduce setbacks for high and moderate value inland waterfowl and wading bird habitat (to 75') and vernal pools (75'). The Takings involves reimbursing landowners for the loss in property value caused by the setback. Takings inevitably inhibit land use regulation, and land use determines water quality.
Please share this with interested friends.
Maggie Shannon, Executive Director
Maine Congress of Lake Associations