Proposed bill takes center stage at milfoil summit

8:31 PM, Feb 28, 2014   |    comments
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LEWISTON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- This year, the annual milfoil summit is focusing on legislative action.

Milfoil is an aggressive aquatic plant found in many of Maine's lakes and waterways. Rep. Mike McClellan proposed a bill to provide more funding to control and eventually eradicate milfoil. The money would come from a five dollar increase in boat registration fees.

"I ran a Chamber of Commerce near Sebago Lake for many years and I heard all about milfoil," McClellan said. "I thought I knew, and now that I've kind of dug into the weeds so to speak, I'm amazed at the effort and heroes of just regular people out there that are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars of their own money and then their own time."

Last year, the state provided $80 thousand to the effort. If the bill passes, the increase in fees would provide $500 thousand for state agencies, non-profits and volunteers.


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