Courtesy Boat Inspecting
PREVENTION: Recognized by the State of Maine as the "first line of defense" against invasive aquatic plants, inspecting water craft for "hitchhiking" plant fragments carried on boats and trailors is the first step in preventing infestations. In 2011, Friend' s Courtesy Boat Inspectors completed nearly 9,000 inspections at ten public launch sites, 17 % of all inspections conducted in the state of Maine. Since 2003, over 50,000 inspections have been completed in the Cobbossee Watershed, educating thousands of boaters in the process as well.
In addition to the Courtesy Boat Inspection program, on May 25, 2006, the dedication of a pilot Boat Wash Station took place at the Norcross Point boat launch site on Maranacook Lake in Winthrop. L.L. Bean provided a 2-yr, $30,000 grant to spearhead the construction – other significant contributions were provided by the Boat U.S. Foundation and the Maine B.A.S.S. Federation; area businesses and contractors including Eco-Cycle, Jon Knowles Custom Sheds & More, DR Struck Landscape/Nursery, Lloyd Bryant Plumbing & Heating, Winthrop Electric and A.E. Hodsdon Consulting Engineers. The Boat Wash Station is another tool in the fight against IAP's by encouraging boat owners to pay attention to unwanted plant fragments on thier boats when entering or leaving Maranacook Lake.
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