Courtesy Boat Inspections

Related pages: For information on starting your own Courtesy Boat Inspection as well as guidance on training and financial aid, contact Lakes Environmental Association. (off-site)

Background

Maine’s Courtesy Boat Inspection (CBI) Program completed its 14th year in 2014.  The purpose of these voluntary inspections is to reduce the spread of invasive aquatic plants (IAP) by boats, trailers, and associated equipment to Maine waters.  Trained Courtesy Boat Inspectors discuss with boaters the risk posed by IAP, show boaters how to inspect and remove vegetation from boating and fishing equipment, and urge boaters to inspect before and after every launch.

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) contracted again with Lakes Environmental Association in Bridgton to train volunteers, organize inspections, and manage grant pass through funds to lake groups in 2014.  

Courtesy Boat Inspection Results Summary 2014 Season

  • 83,186 total inspections on both motorized and non-motorized boats
  • 93% of the motorized boats had the Lake & River Protection Sticker
  • 150 launch sites on 116 waterbodies had Courtesy Boat Inspections
  • 14 infested waterbodies had a  Courtesy Boat Inspection Program
  • 2196 inspections (2.6%) yielded plant fragments – native or invasive
  • of these intercepted plant fragments, 105 (5%) were “saves” (invasive plants) found primarily on boats exiting infested waters
  • 55 organizations conducted courtesy boat inspections – plus 46 bass clubs inspected at their permitted tournaments
  • 710 courtesy boat inspectors (paid and volunteer) worked a total of 42,293 hours

2014 Courtesy Boat Insection Statistics

Courtesy Boat Inspection Annual Totals

Confirmed "Saves" in 2014

LAKE NAME

Town

Number of “saves”

Boat Direction

Invasive Plant

Balch Pond

Newfield

1

leaving

variable leaf milfoil

Lake Arrowhead

Limerick

3

entering

variable leaf milfoil

 

 

65

leaving

variable leaf milfoil

Messalonskee Lake

Oakland/Sidney

4

leaving

variable leaf milfoil

Pleasant Pond

Litchfield

1

entering

variable leaf milfoil

 

 

19

leaving

variable leaf milfoil

Sebago Lake

Raymond

4

leaving

variable leaf milfoil

Songo River Locks

Naples

1

entering (upstream)

variable leaf milfoil

Square Pond

Shapleigh

1

entering

water chestnut seed pod

Thompson Lake Oxford/Casco 6 leaving variable leaf milfoil

Download the complete 2014 CBI Summary Report

For more information email DEP at milfoil@maine.gov