Boaters Reminded Of New Connecticut Law On Inspections

Bill aiming to strengthen safeguards against invasive species went into effect this month

State Senator Andrea Stillman (D-Waterford) reminded constituents that several new state laws went into effect on July 1, including an updated bill regarding boat inspections.

The bill stipulates that no boater should transport a vessel or trailer in the state without first inspecting them for any vegetation and aquatic invasive species visible without optical magnification. Boaters should safely dispose of any vegetation they find. The bill also requires that safe boating courses approved by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection should have instructions on how to identify and dispose of invasive species.

State law formerly required boaters to conduct these inspections, but the new law expands their responsibility by requiring boaters to inspect vessels and trailers before they are transported. Boaters are subject to a $100 fine per violation, and the revised law has this apply to any individual who commits a violation rather than anyone who knowingly violates the law.

"The law is meant to mitigate the proliferation of these pests in Connecticut waterways and the threat and inconvenience they present," said Stillman.

More information on invasive species is available at the DEEP website.

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Edie Chernack July 30, 2012 at 10:34 AM
How are they going to enforce this? Does this also include kayaks and canoes?
Jan Porri July 30, 2012 at 05:27 PM
Let's hope boat owners are responsible enough to know that they HAVE to do this. If you travel to Maine, I believe there is a billboard reminding boaters to check their boats. Invasive species is huge problem. I would think that if you have any sort of watercraft - you should be checking - it's not that big of a deal, how long can it take to check the boat once it's on a trailer..and check the trailer too! Boats with props are probably more of the culprits - as grassy stuff gets on the props.
John Dolle July 30, 2012 at 09:18 PM
Water fowl transport invasive species too. On their feathers and in their digestion tracts.
Al Russo August 03, 2012 at 01:12 PM
Ok so how do I get my boat to the Marina to clean the bottom...Do you want me to clean it right there at the launch and tie everything up...some common sense here has to prevail...especially with the bigger boats.


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