The Courtesy Boat Inspection Program was launched in 2000 by the State of Maine in order to reduce the spread of invasive plants and other species within Maine Lakes and waterways. The program has been active on Sheepscot since 2010.
The Sheepscot Lake Association hires two boat inspectors each summer season to monitor the boat launch at the Fish and Game on Rte 3 each weekend. These inspectors are trained to look for invasive species on boats, jet skis, trailers, and fishing equipment both before entering the lake and when leaving. They are also trained to share information with the public regarding the importance of inspecting their own vessels, and how that helps the lakes throughout the state.
Invasive species that are not native to a lake can permanently damage the ecosystem by:
· crowding out native plants
· competing with native plants for food and sunlight
· affecting fish populations
· making fishing and boating impossible
For more information regarding the Courtesy Boat Inspection program in the State of Maine, please visit: