AUGUSTA - A bill sponsored by Rep. Jessica Fay, D-Raymond, to increase penalties on boaters who dump septic waste into Maine waters, won unanimous approval in both chambers of the Legislature this week.
“I have heard from constituents that there is a real problem with boaters dumping sewage into our lakes and other waterways,” said Fay. “Clean water is an important part of why folks live, work and play here and we can’t take it for granted. The cleanliness of our waters is a big draw for tourists and residents alike, [is] a major driver of our local economy, and we need to do all we can to protect them.”
The bill, LD 357, increases the minimum penalty for dumping sewage from a boat from $100 to $500.
“I’m really pleased that this bill was supported by both parties throughout the process. It was an opportunity to work across the aisle, to help protect a resource that we all care about,” Fay said.
The bill now goes to the governor’s desk for his signature.
Fay is serving her first term in the Maine Legislature and represents part of Casco, part of Poland and part of Raymond. She serves on the Legislature’s Environment and Natural Resources Committee.