Lakes Association of Norway seeking third boat inspector

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NORWAY — The Lakes Association of Norway is looking to hire another person for its courtesy boat inspection program this summer.

Association President Sal Girifalco said two threats to local lakes are invasive plants, such as milfoil, and stormwater runoff.

The program was initiated in 2015 to investigate and remove invasive plants and to educate boaters on how to keep the lakes safe, Girifalco said at a recent Board of Selectmen meeting. Inspections are voluntary, he said.

Nearly 2,400 inspections were conducted last year and of those, 540 boats had previously visited another lake, Girifalco said. “Inspectors found almost two dozen plants (on the boats).”

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Girifalco said the association has two inspectors who are returning this year and a third one would help them keep up with the boat checks.

He said the inspector should be at least 17 years old and would work up to 27 hours a week at $9 an hour.

The association is also concerned about runoff into lakes and checks water quality every month from May to September. Last year, the association conducted its first watershed survey and found 37 erosion sites.

“We found some issues related to runoff that we are beginning to address,” Girifalco said.

For more information on the boat inspection program, or to inquire about joining, e-mail laon@norwaylakes.org, call Girifalco at 743-1808 or Deb Partridge at 743-6651.

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The Lakes Association of Norway is looking to hire another inspector to participate in its courtesy boat inspection program this summer.

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