§480-N. Lake Restoration and Protection Fund

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Published: 2015

§480-N. Lake Restoration and Protection Fund








1. Fund purposes and administration. 
There is established a nonlapsing Lake Restoration and Protection Fund, from which
the commissioner may pay up to 50% of the eligible costs incurred in a lake restoration
or protection project, except that projects addressing technical assistance, public
education or research issues may be paid up to 100%. Eligible costs include all costs
except those related to land acquisition, legal fees and debt service. All money
credited to that fund must be used by the commissioner for projects to improve or
maintain the quality of lake waters in the State and for no other purpose. The commissioner
may authorize the State Controller to draw a warrant for such funds as may be necessary
to pay the lawful expenses of the lake restoration or protection project, up to the
limits of the money duly authorized. Any balance remaining in the fund must continue
without lapse from year to year and remain available for the purpose for which the
fund is established and for no other purpose.


[
1989, c. 502, Pt. A, §145 (AMD);
1989, c. 890, Pt. A, §40 (AFF);
1989, c. 890, Pt. B, §79 (AMD)
.]








2. Money. 
Money in the Lake Restoration and Protection Fund may not be used for projects in
or on lakes for which public access is not provided.


[
1987, c. 809, §2 (NEW)
.]








3. Intensive staffing program. 
The commissioner shall establish an intensive staffing program to provide adequate
staffing at both the state and regional levels. The commissioner shall provide technical
information and guidance and the regional agencies shall assist with the adoption
of revised comprehensive plans, standards and local ordinances by local governments.


[
1989, c. 502, Pt. A, §146 (NEW);
1989, c. 890, Pt. A, §40 (AFF);
1989, c. 890, Pt. B, §80 (AMD)
.]








4. Public education program. 
The commissioner shall develop a coordinated public education program for school
children involving extensive use of the media.


[
1989, c. 502, Pt. A, §146 (NEW);
1989, c. 890, Pt. A, §40 (AFF);
1989, c. 890, Pt. B, §80 (AMD)
.]








5. Research. 
The commissioner shall encourage internal research focused on the following statewide
topics:





A. Lake vulnerability, particularly as it relates to noncultural features of the watershed; [1989, c. 502, Pt. A, §146 (NEW).]










B. The effectiveness and design of the best management practices to control phosphorous
pollution; and [1989, c. 502, Pt. A, §146 (NEW).]










C. New lake and watershed diagnostic tools. [1989, c. 502, Pt. A, §146 (NEW).]







[
1989, c. 502, Pt. A, §146 (NEW);
1989, c. 890, Pt. A, §40 (AFF);
1989, c. 890, Pt. B, §80 (AMD)
.]





SECTION HISTORY

1987, c. 809, §2 (NEW).
1989, c. 502, §§A145,A146 (AMD).
1989, c. 890, §§A40,B79,80 (AMD).
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