Water & Wastewater: Invasive Species

Water & Wastewater Financing Aquatic Nuisance Species Program HB 18-1008 Support H. Appropriations Rep. Daneya Esgar, D-Pueblo; Sen. Kerry Donovan, D-Vail Morgan Cullen mcullen@cml.org

HB 18-1008 creates several new funding and enforcement mechanisms to support Colorado’s Division of Parks and Wildlife’s Aquatic Nuisance Species Program. Specifically the bill:

  • Authorizes the division of parks and wildlife to seek reimbursement for motor vehicles or water craft impounded for suspected of aquatic nuisance species.
  • Requires the purchase of an special aquatic nuisance stamp for boat use in Colorado. $25 resident; $50 nonresident.
  • Increases penalties related to aquatic nuisance species and for failing to purchase a stamp.
  • Combines the division of parks and outdoor recreation aquatic nuisance species fund and the division of wildlife aquatic nuisance species fund into a single fund.