51 Years of Fighting for Maine Lakes

Active Advocacy & Policy Issues

Maine Lakes is a collaborative leader for lake-friendly policy and advocacy in the state. We work with other lake conservation organizations, businesses, state agencies, local municipalities and legislators to craft effective bills that increase protection, funding, and access to Maine’s lakes. We rely on our grassroots activists to share their priority concerns, write letters to committees, and make phone calls to local officials. One-on-one interactions with decision-makers are the key to getting lake- and climate-friendly policies firmly in place.

The 130th legislature convened in January of 2021 and is facing an unprecedented “virtual” session. It is exciting in many ways to be able to deliver testimony to a committee hearing without ever leaving home. We are hopeful this will generate more public participation in the legislative process. 

Make your voice heard and make a difference. There are many ways to help. You can present testimony via Zoom at a public hearing or submit written testimony to a committee here. You can spread the word to neighbors and friends by email and on social media. The more people who speak on behalf of Maine’s lakes, the better. Sign up for our legislative alerts for timely emails with bill and hearing information.

Want to join us? Make your voice heard and make a difference. There are many ways to Take Action and help to keep your lake, and all Maine lakes, pristine for generations to come.

Below, please find bills for the first session of the 130th Legislature that are of priority for Maine Lakes. Click HERE for step-by-step directions to submit written testimony or to present testimony live. 

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LD 394

An Act to Protect Maine's Loons and Other Wildlife in the Issuance of a Permit to Hold a Regatta, Race or Boat or Water-Ski Exhibition: This bill requires permittees to provide protection, as prescribed by the Commissioner of IFW, for wildlife, wildlife habitat and water quality.

  • Hearing: Monday, March 1, 10 a.m., Inland and Fisheries and Wildlife Committee.
  • Position: Maine Lakes strongly supports this bill.
  • Act: Please click here for directions to submit written testimony and/or speak before the committee.
  • Click here for a fact sheet on the bill.
  • Click here to read our testimony we will present.

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LD 184

An Act to Minimize the Propagation of Invasive Aquatic Plants: This bill requires that boats and associated equipment be drained before transport.

  • Hearing: Wenesday, Feb. 10th, 9 a.m., Inland and Fisheries and Wildlife Committee.
  • Position: Maine Lakes strongly supports this bill.
  • Act: Please click here for directions to submit written testimony and/or speak before the committee.
  • Click here for a fact sheet on the bill.
  • Click here to read our testimony we will present.

Other Bills (To be scheduled)

  • LR 540: An Act to Improve Boater Safety on Maine Waters
  • LR 699: An Act to Protect Maine's Loons and Other Wildlife in the Issuance of a Permit to Hold a Regatta, Race or Boat or Water-Ski Exhibition
  • LR 1337: An Act to Restore to the Penobscot Nation and Passamaquoddy Tribe the Authority to Exercise Jurisdiction Under the Federal Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010 2021 EPC PRIORITY BILL
  • LR 153: An Act to Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Promote Land Conservation, Working Waterfronts, Water Access and Outdoor Recreation 2021 EPC PRIORITY BILL
  • LR 530: An Act to Prohibit the Use of Personal Watercraft on Keyes Pond in the Town of Sweden
  • LR 1578: An Act to Restrict Combustion Engines on Webber Pond in Bremen
  • LR 135: An Act to Amend the Laws Governing Invasive Aquatic Species
What are the 2021 EPC Priority Bills?

Maine Lakes is part of Maine’s Environmental Priorities Coalition (EPC)a partnership of 32 environmental, conservation and public health organizations representing over 100,000 members who want to protect the good health, good jobs and quality of life that our environment provides. The EPC works together to identify important legislation and votes to determine their Common Agenda for each legislative session. The Common Agenda consists of priority bills that the EPC has chosen to collaborate on in order to make a bigger impact to protect Maine’s environment, public health, and clean energy future. For a full list of 2021 EPC Priority Bills, click here

laws that protect maine lakes

The links below share the laws that protect Maine’s lakes: