A New Hampshire lake during summer

New Hampshire 2019 Legislative Session

NH LAKES worked diligently with New Hampshire legislators, state agency staff, and our partners to submit these bills in 2019. Our successes this session will help ensure our lakes are clean and healthy, now and in the future!

For more information, email or call Tom O’Brien, President and Policy Advocate, at tobrien@nhlakes.org or (603) 226-0299.

House Bill 137: Became law and establishes a wake boat study commission, made up of an inclusive group of stakeholders, to identify the impacts of wake boats on New Hampshire. The commission will study impacts to shoreline erosion, private property, and the safety of swimmers and other boaters. It will also address the economic impact of wake boats and the possible spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) from these watercraft. NH LAKES will serve on this study commission. The study commission will work until November 2020 and report its findings periodically.

House Bill 325: Became law and requires boaters to use AIS prevention technologies at public boat access facilities, if they are available to use. We see this statute as a “carrot” for boat access facility owners to invest in AIS prevention technologies, like water-less cleaning stations and other methods, since those owners will be sure their investment will be used by the public. This is an important addition to existing clean and drain requirements and will further help to prevent the spread of AIS in New Hampshire.

This law goes into effect on January 1, 2020.

Are you interested in adding AIS prevention technologies at your public boat access site? Download our free guide below:

“Best Available Technologies for Aquatic Invasive Species Spread Prevention”

House Bill 625, relative to an aquatic invasive species (AIS) decal, became law and provides additional funding for the prevention and management of AIS. This bill proposes an annual $20 AIS decal for out-of-state watercraft (boats registered in other states that use New Hampshire waters). This additional revenue would help reduce the increasing AIS prevention and management cost burden that local groups and municipalities have to bear. The proposed decal program also reaches a new group–boats registered in states other than New Hampshire–and provides a means to reach that group with the important AIS prevention message.