Sayward introduces invasive species bill

The bill makes the transport of invasives illegal. It also gives DEC officials the directive to draft specific rules, regulations and potential penalties for violating the law.

Enforcement of such legislation would be fairly easy, Sayward says.

"I think they could enforce the law simply by taking down the numbers off the side of the boat," she said. "They can take names and addresses and they can turn them into DEC or the New York State Police. And it's against the law, so they can testify to the fact that they saw them breaking the law and there could be tickets issued."

Sayward has received a resolution of support from the Adirondack Park Agency, and APA spokesman Keith McKeever says the agency backs the Assemblywoman's efforts.

"The agency board passed a resolution unanimously in support of statewide legislation to stop the transport of invasive species," he said. "The agency was one of the founding members of the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program, so we see it as a significant threat to the environment and also to the economy of the park."

McKeever adds that the transport of invasives is something that needs to be addressed and that legislation like Sayward's is an important first step.

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