NH Senate passes bill to prevent milfoil spread in lakes

May 5, 2019

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — It won’t take effect in time for this summer’s boating season, but a bill aimed at preventing the spread of invasive aquatic weeds in New Hampshire lakes is headed to the governor’s desk.

The Senate on Thursday passed a bill that would enable state agencies and communities that own public boat access facilities to provide garden hoses and other cleaning equipment to prevent the spread of milfoil and other invasive weeds. Boaters would be required to clean their boats before and after using the lake. Violators would face fines.

Sen. Jeb Bradley, whose district includes the state’s largest lake, said prevention is the best and most cost-effective way to limit invasive milfoil.

If signed by Gov. Chris Sununu, the bill will take effect Jan. 1.