Boat inspection volunteers needed

Posted May 13, 2011, at 2:31 p.m.

NOBLEBORO — The Damariscotta Lake Watershed Association and Pemaquid Watershed Association are partnering to offer a courtesy boat inspection training 9:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 21, at the Nobleboro Town Office, 192 Route 1. The workshop is free and open to anyone who wants, through boater education, to help keep Damariscotta Lake and the Pemaquid-area ponds clear of invasive aquatic plants. No experience is necessary.

Those who complete the training may volunteer for as many or as few hours as they choose this summer to conduct courtesy boat inspections at the Damariscotta Lake boat launches on Route 213 in Jefferson and on Vannah Road in Nobleboro; at Biscay Beach in Damariscotta, or at the town of Nobleboro boat launch on Pemaquid Pond. With consent of the boater, the courtesy boat Inspector inspects the boating and fishing equipment for plant fragments, removes all vegetation, provides information to the boater and answers questions regarding invasive aquatic plants.

Courtesy boat Inspections will be conducted during July and August at the Biscay Beach and Pemaquid Pond launch sites. Courtesy boat Inspections at the two Damariscotta Lake public boat launches will be conducted from Memorial Day to Labor Day, in response to an infestation of the invasive plant, Hydrilla, that was found in Damariscotta Lake in the fall of 2009.

RSVP for the training by May 19 by calling DLWA at 549-3836 or e-mail Julia@dlwa.org.

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