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Re: Pumpout Costs
When GaryHLucas can compare the total discharge of Lectrasan units in a given boating area with all the stuff that is going into the water from surface runoff, critters in, on, and adjacent to the water, and other approved discharges, like the filter backwash from the Mystic Aquarium, and then say that the Lectrasan discharge is a problem in QUANTITATIVE terms, then I am more likely to accept his position.
In the absence of factual inputs on the ABSOLUTE level of liquid and solid discharges--I will consider the GaryHLucas position as a well-meaning--even technically informed--opinion on the QUALITATIVE nature of discharges. In the meantime, I have a hard time believing that Lectrasan discharges are a REAL environmental problem, anymore than extending the RI No Discharge Zone to 3 miles out is justified on scientific terms.
I certainly understand the argument about solids discharge, but my argument is about the absolute amount of discharges in the bigger picture. The contribution of actual and projected Lectrasan discharges in New England waters--if allowed--has to be ridiculously small. If the discharge is sterile, that takes care of e-Coli. As far as solids are concerned, let's consider the nitrogen issue as a feeder to hypoxia. You need to worry a lot more about lawn fertilizer and dog poop in the watershed than boaters.
Just for the record, I don't have and don't intend to install a Lectrasan. I use the pumpout boats and an occasional land-based pump out. Occasionally I will pump out past the 3 mile limit. I really do resent those folks who discharge untreated waste in harbors and would prefer that Lectrasan discharges not occur there either, but prohibiting Lectrasan discharges out to 3 miles off the RI shore is ludicrous.