Maine Revised Statutes

§1871. Interagency Task Force on Invasive Aquatic Plants and Nuisance Species

The Interagency Task Force on Invasive Aquatic Plants and Nuisance Species, as established by Title 5, section 12004-D, subsection 6 and referred to in this chapter as the "task force," is established to advise the department on matters pertaining to research, control and eradication of invasive aquatic plants and nuisance species. [2013, c. 300, §16 (AMD).]

1. Membership.  The task force consists of 16 members as follows:
A. The following 4 ex officio voting members:
(1) The commissioner or the commissioner's designee, who serves as the chair of the task force;
(2) The Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife or the commissioner's designee;
(3) The Commissioner of Health and Human Services or the commissioner's designee; and
(4) The Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry or the commissioner's designee; and
[2011, c. 657, Pt. X, §8 (AMD).]
B. Twelve members representing the public appointed by the Governor:
(1) One representative of the State's lake associations;
(2) One representative of a statewide recreational watercraft owners association;
(3) One representative of a statewide organization of marina owners;
(4) One representative of a lakes education program;
(5) One representative of public drinking water utilities;
(6) One representative of commercial tree and garden nurseries;
(7) One representative of home gardeners;
(8) One representative of municipal government;
(9) One representative of a statewide sporting association;
(10) One representative of a statewide outdoor recreational group;
(11) One person with demonstrated expertise in lake ecology; and
(12) One public member who has demonstrated experience or interest in the area of threats to fish and wildlife posed by invasive aquatic plants and nuisance species. [2001, c. 434, Pt. B, §2 (NEW).]
[ 2011, c. 657, Pt. X, §8 (AMD) .]
2. Terms.  Members appointed by the Governor serve 4-year terms, except that, as determined by the Governor, of the initial appointments, 4 must be for 3 years, including the public member, and 4 must be for 2 years. Members serve until their successors are appointed. A vacancy must be filled for the remainder of the unexpired term. If after 6 months of a vacancy on the task force in a position listed in subsection 1, paragraph B the Governor cannot fill that vacancy, the Governor may appoint a member who does not meet the qualifications of subsection 1, paragraph B, but who has demonstrated experience or interest in the area of threats to fish and wildlife posed by invasive aquatic plants and nuisance species.
[ 2011, c. 47, §3 (AMD) .]
3. Advisory group of federal agency representatives.  The task force may form an advisory group of federal agency representatives that may include, but is not limited to, representatives of the United States Department of the Interior, United States Fish and Wildlife Service and National Park Service assigned to Acadia National Park; the United States Department of Agriculture; the United States Forest Service within the United States Department of Agriculture; and the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
[ 2001, c. 434, Pt. B, §2 (NEW) .]
4. Duties.  The task force may make recommendations to the department on:
A. The importation and transportation of invasive aquatic plants and nuisance species; [2001, c. 434, Pt. B, §2 (NEW).]
B. Monitoring and educational programs aimed at the control of invasive aquatic plants and nuisance species; [2001, c. 434, Pt. B, §2 (NEW).]
C. A comprehensive state invasive aquatic plants and nuisance species management plan that meets the requirements of the National Invasive Species Act of 1996, 16 United States Code, Section 4722; [2001, c. 434, Pt. B, §2 (NEW).]
D. A statewide inventory of invasive aquatic plants and nuisance species; [2001, c. 434, Pt. B, §2 (NEW).]
E. Methods to improve cooperation of state, provincial, federal and nongovernmental agencies in the area of invasive aquatic plants and nuisance species prevention and control; [2001, c. 434, Pt. B, §2 (NEW).]
F. Recommendations on the feasibility of implementing lake protection assessment districts that allow residents and owners of land within 250 feet of inland waters to assess themselves to raise funds to assist in the prevention and control of invasive aquatic plants; and [2001, c. 434, Pt. B, §2 (NEW).]
G. Other recommendations as necessary to control the introduction of invasive aquatic plants and nuisance species in the State. [2001, c. 434, Pt. B, §2 (NEW).]
[ 2013, c. 300, §17 (AMD) .]
5. Regional cooperation.  The task force shall work with representatives from federal, state and local agencies and private environmental and commercial interests in the northeastern United States to form a northeastern regional panel to establish priorities and coordinate activities to prevent the spread of milfoil and other invasive aquatic plants and nuisance species in the Northeast.
[ 2001, c. 434, Pt. B, §2 (NEW) .]
6. Staff.  The department shall provide staff support to the task force.
[ 2001, c. 434, Pt. B, §2 (NEW) .]
SECTION HISTORY
2001, c. 434, §B2 (NEW). 2003, c. 689, §B7 (REV). 2011, c. 47, §3 (AMD). 2011, c. 657, Pt. X, §8 (AMD). 2013, c. 300, §§16, 17 (AMD).

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