Vermont rolls out boating inspections for invasive species
WILLISTON, Vt. (AP) — Vermont’s mandatory boat inspections for invasive species are underway.
WCAX-TV reports the policy is in its first full summer. Under the measure, greeters at water access points in the state inspect boats for invasive species before they hose them down.
The program is part of legislation that was passed to stop the spread of invasive aquatic animals and plants. Boaters who don’t comply can be fined. Inspections were voluntary before the law implemented.
Josh Mulhollem, who coordinates the management of invasive species for the Agency of Natural Resources, says invasive species can overrun environments and harm lake and river systems. Mulhollem adds that an infestation can also negatively affect recreation and waterfront property owners.
Mulhollem says the program has gone well so far.
Information from: WCAX-TV, http://www.wcax.com