Originally Posted by mad_machine
Like the rules or hate them, I am glad for them. Having lived on the water since I was an infant (father was navy) I can remember when marinas all smelled like cesspools.....
I'm glad for some of them and prohibiting discharge in or near marinas just makes all the sense in the world.
It's the prohibition until 3 miles offshore, which is simply the limit of the States rights to Federal waterways, is ridiculous. No science, it's politics. Ironically, there have actually been fish kills due to insufficient nutrients. Gross but true. It should all be in balance, not extremes. No large ships dumping makes sense, the environment can't handle the concentration. A recreational boater discharging 10 gallons near the mouth of the Bay will be dilluted beyond relevance within seconds. Sea life itself discharges vastly more than we do, and yes, you swim in it now.
If one really cares, then pay the freight to upgrade all the municipal treatment plants. They have a long way to go, but the limited progress they have made is as likely to have improved the cesspool as boater restrictions.