Eastern L.I. Sound close to gaining no-discharge zone status

Apr 23rd, 2011 | By | Category: Long Island Sound, Water

All Long Island Sound, from the East River out to Fishers Island, could soon join the Peconic Bay estuary as a federally designated no-discharge zone (NDZ), where it’s illegal for vessels of all sizes to dump sewage, treated or untreated, into the water.

… The Peconic Bay system became a no-discharge zone in 2002 and the Connecticut side of the Sound received NDZ status in 2007. Peconic Bay and the Sound are among 28 waterways listed by the EPA as estuaries of “national significance.”

Read more here: Eastern L.I. Sound close to gaining no-discharge zone status | Riverhead News Review.

For the state to adopt the ban, it must get a determination by the EPA that adequate pumpout facilities — one for every 300 boats — exist to accept sewage from boaters. New York for petitioned the EPA for the determination last fall. See Oct. 6 story, “No-discharge rules sought for boaters on L.I. Sound.”

Read more here: N.Y. effort to make L.I. Sound a ‘no-discharge zone’ for boaters clears EPA hurdle.

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