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Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers Law

Learn about the law created by the Massachusetts Legislature regarding nuisance species.

Overview of An Act Protecting Lakes and Ponds

Effective as of April 9th, 2013

This important law makes it illegal in Massachusetts to introduce nuisance species to the state’s lakes and ponds, whether intentionally or unintentionally.  Please clean all visible plant material from your boat, trailer, and any recreational equipment before you leave a lake and then clean your equipment.  If not, you could face significant penalties under the law. 

Please report violations to the Environmental Police at 1-800-632-8075 or to your local Harbormaster.  

You can view the law for more information.

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