New boating law in Massachusetts combats Zebra Mussels

Thursday, May 30, 2013

A new Massachusetts law, "An Act Protecting Lakes and Ponds from aquatic nuisances, Chapter 444 of the Acts of 2012" will help control the spread of zebra mussels. The law makes it illegal for boaters to knowingly or willfully launch any boat that has been in contaminated waters without first decontaminating it in accordance with state environmental regulations. This list of "Methods to Decontaminate a Boat," taken from the state Zebra Mussels brochure, can be accessed by clicking here.

The bill allows the state to impose civil penalties of $25 to $1,000. This law is now in effect in Massachusetts.

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