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  • Lakes protection bill becomes law without LePage’s signature

    On the shores of Flagstaff Lake in Maine, Photo by Ramona du Houx

     A bill to protect Maine lakes and the local economies that depend on them has become law without the signature of Gov. Paul LePage.

     “Maine’s lakes are one of the state’s most valuable assets and cherished resources. Maine’s lakes are the source of clean drinking water for many Maine families. They are vital to the economy, supporting 52,000 jobs and injecting $3.5 billion into our state’s economy each year,” said Rep. Ben Chipman, an unenrolled member from Portland. 

    LD 568, An Act to Protect Maine Lakes, became law on Wednesday. The bill protects water quality by prohibiting the use of fertilizers containing nitrogen or phosphorus near shorelines.