Section 37B. The department shall establish and maintain an aquatic nuisance control program. The aquatic nuisance control program shall perform the following services: (a) receive and respond to aquatic nuisance complaints; (b) work with municipalities, local interest organizations, and agencies of the state to develop long range programs regarding aquatic nuisance controls; (c) work with federal, state and local governments to obtain funding for aquatic nuisance control programs; and (d) administer the grant program under sections thirty-seven C and thirty-seven D.
For the purposes of this aquatic nuisance control program, the term “aquatic nuisance” shall mean undesirable or excessive substances or populations that interfere with the recreational potential of a body of water. Aquatic nuisances shall include, but shall not be limited to, rooted aquatic vegetation and algae populations.