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No more emptying heads anywhere?

No doubt related to climate change and other 'great ideas' from Massachusetts, the powers that know best want to stop all treated and untreated pumping of heads even to the outer cape....I don't know why they would stop there, why not the protect entire North Atlantic...why stop there....oy, can you tell I'm flipping out? Of course they've yet to even remotely stop overflowing sewer treatment plants, and houses that still pump to the sea...I see the evidence when scuba diving, but they will go to no end to stop boaters....I'm ranting

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Can you link the proposal? Fairly standard to prohibit discharge out to 3nm and I sort of get why Cape Cod Bay would be banned, since it would have to make landfall in just about every direction.

Nevertheless, I get your point completely. The idiocy of increasing regulation on such a minuscule amount of waste compared to the millions of gallons that are blatantly discharged every day, is little more than an emotional battle for the environmentalists. I'm not opposed to black water discharge restrictions inside the 3nm. I am very concerned by the thought of gray water discharge restrictions, which is a current topic of consideration at the EPA, via the Clean Boating Act of 2008.


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Body skin flaking whilst swimming and snorkeling is a growing problem too.

The EPA sugests boaters no longer be allowed to swim. Its ok for land based swimmers at registered beaches because wave action breaks down skin.












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Salish sea is that way, no dumping any where. Then again, Victoria BC last I heard was still dumping "RAW" sewage into the straights.....They might be the only city/town doing so, or at least the largest most well known.

Otherwise as mentioned, with in 5 miles or so of land is usually the limit for not dumping, some larger bodies that might be 6-7 miles across makes sense to say no dumping of raw sewage any where, such as Puget sound/salish sea IMHO. As the tides/currents WILL move things around. This opinion goes for boat or land based sewage. IE it would be nice if Victoria would get a sewage treatment system up and running. Many of the plants in puget sound have cleaner water than what comes out of the streams/revers/watersheds in the mountains.

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Just think about all the fish and other marine animals discharging their waste into the surrounding water every day! We must stop them somehow....


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Just think about all the fish and other marine animals discharging their waste into the surrounding water every day! We must stop them somehow....
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Can you link the proposal? Fairly standard to prohibit discharge out to 3nm and I sort of get why Cape Cod Bay would be banned, since it would have to make landfall in just about every direction.

Nevertheless, I get your point completely. The idiocy of increasing regulation on such a minuscule amount of waste compared to the millions of gallons that are blatantly discharged every day, is little more than an emotional battle for the environmentalists. I'm not opposed to black water discharge restrictions inside the 3nm. I am very concerned by the thought of gray water discharge restrictions, which is a current topic of consideration at the EPA, via the Clean Boating Act of 2008.
Low hanging fruit; boaters are a minority. Us "rich" folk can obviously afford to pay more money.

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I have a plug for a whale if you can fit it.

I'll do it, but my hourly rate for "whale plugging" is $250, with a 4 whale minimum.


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i agree,unfortionately individual boat owners don't have lobbyests with free gobs of money to spread around otherwise it would be no problem,incidently a tourist based town near me just had a waste water treatment plant near me that had a catastrophic malfunction and released an estimated [their estimation]2 million gallons of raw sewage for about 5 days,or better yet the b.p. oil spill in the gulf or how about leaking radioative water into the ocean or scuttling nucular submarines after they get too hot,its lots easier to single out individuals who have very little political or finacial clout
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The MWRA can, and does, legally open the gates at Deer and Long Islands at their discretion to dump untreated sewage into Boston Harbor. This happens frequently after major storms, but has also happened in order to preform maintenance on the equipment.

However, if a boat were discovered discharging into Boston Harbor...
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