PREVENTING INFESTATIONS, ONE BOAT AT A TIME
Invasive plants form thick carpets of growth that destroy fish habitat and hinder recreation. And once they take over a lake or pond they cannot be removed without harming water quality and causing serious damage to the lake.
The goal of the HEADWATERS Boat Inspection program is to prevent invasive plants from entering our lakes and causing economic and ecological devastation.
Fortunately, preventing infestations is a lot cheaper than treating them and it does not harm water quality. Based on treatment costs incurred throughout the State, RLHT estimates that it is saving local taxpayers about $100,000 per year while protecting wildlife habitat, property values and tourism-based jobs.
The most effective way to prevent an infestation is to stop a plant(s) before enters or leaves a lake. So we teach boaters how to intercept and remove plants from their trailers, boats, and fishing gear by stationing our inspection several launches on Rangeley, Mooselookmeguntic, and Cupsuptic Lakes. If you would like to help us increase our coverage at the ramps, please contact Amanda Laliberte at 864-7311 x 5.
All Boat Inspection Educators attend a FREE workshop where they receive all the materials they will need. Once trained volunteers fill 1-3 hour shifts a few times per month or per week – meeting boaters and visitors at the launches while enjoying views of the lake.
Click Here to read about this year's Courtesy Boat Inspection season.