Ferry approaching Seattle in Puget Sound’s Elliott Bay
Photo credit: WA Dept. of Ecology
– “TELL THE EPA NO VESSEL SEWAGE IN OUR SOUND”
“Send your letter now to help recover the health of the Puget Sound and its shorelines by supporting a No Discharge Zone to keep sewage out of our water.”
“Background: This past summer, the Washington Department of Ecology proposed a federal No Discharge Zone for Puget Sound to protect our waterways from pathogens and bacterial like fecal coliform that exceed water quality standards and threaten human health and sensitive habitat.
A No Discharge Zone prohibits discharge of all treated or untreated sewage from vessels in the Sound and in Lake Washington. This proposal is a reasonable step in the right direction as pathogens living in sewage can travel up to three miles and remain viable for 24 hours after discharge. Those of us who enjoy kayaking, diving, swimming and paddle boarding in the Sound want to know that the waters won’e (sic) make us sick. Sensitive shellfish resources also need to be protected.
The No Discharge Zone petition was filed in July and, now in the final steps before certifying the zone, the EPA is seeking comments from the public through Friday, December 23, 2016 on the question of whether there is adequate pump-out capacity for boats to empty their holding tanks.
Read more in support of this step in The Seattle Times Op-Ed by supporter Martha Kongsgaard.
Click here to learn more about the No Discharge Zone from the EPA.
There are 90 No Discharge Zones in 26 states and not a single one in this EPA region. Let’s help get it approved,” quoting FutureWise.
– Editor’s note:
I did, did you?
This is very simple, do it here!