RBAW is requesting your help...
The Washington State Department of Ecology (DOE) has developed a draft petition to the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to designate Puget Sound a No Discharge Zone (NDZ). If approved by the EPA, the effect would be to eliminate the use of Type 1 & 2 Marine Sanitation Devices (MSDs). In addition, marine law enforcement would have new authority to stop, board, and inspect your boat for compliance.
Boaters want clean water. After careful consideration of the petition, RBAW's Board has decided to oppose the petition. Dumping untreated sewage is already illegal and enforced by the Coast Guard.
DOE's petition is lacking in science to document recreational boaters as anything more than a minuscule part of a much larger problem. The DOE petition also would stop technology advances in Type 1 & 2 MSD development. A NDZ is a misguided solution to water quality issues in Puget Sound.
RBAW encourages you to review the petition, here is a link: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/wq/nonpoint/CleanBoating/nodischargezone.html
DOE is accepting comments on the draft NDZ petition until April 21
. We urge recreational boaters to comment. We have attached a sample email.
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