SECTION 1. Chapter 10 of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 35X the following section:—Section 35Y. There shall be established and set up a separate fund to be known as the Invasive Aquatic Plant Management Fund for the purpose of funding the invasive aquatic plants prevention grant program within the department of environmental protection. There shall be credited to said fund all monies received under section 3A of chapter 90B.
SECTION 2. Chapter 21A of the General Laws is hereby amended by adding the following section:—Section 21. The department of environmental protection shall establish a grant program for the allocation of money to lake associations and towns which seek to administer an invasive aquatic plant prevention and mitigation prevention program. The grant program shall be funded by the Invasive Aquatic Plant Management Fund established by section 35Y of chapter 10. The department of environmental protection shall establish a management plan to implement the grant program. The management plan shall include, but not be limited to:I. Eligibility determination criteria and procedures.II. Application requirements and procedures.III. Project selection and prioritization requirements and procedures.IV. Stewardship requirements and procedures, including annual reporting to the department by the grantee.The department of environmental protection shall distribute funds for projects to further the purpose of this chapter only to eligible applicants. Eligible applicants shall include:(i) Publicly-supported nonprofit corporations exempt from federal income taxation under section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code.(ii) Municipalities or other political subdivisions of the state.(iii) Institutions of higher learning.(iv) Departments or organizations within the federal government.
SECTION 3. Chapter 90B of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 3 the following section:—Section 3A. For each application and fee submitted in accordance with section 3 (a), five dollars of said fee shall be paid into the Invasive Aquatic Plant Management Fund established by section 35Y of chapter 10.
SECTION 4. A fee of ten dollars shall be collected for each out-of-state motorboat entering Massachusetts lakes and ponds, which shall be collected by appropriate environmental law enforcement authorities or their designees, and shall be paid into the Invasive Aquatic Plant Management Fund established by section 35Y of Chapter 10.
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