Originally Posted by S/V Illusion
Just what we need - another rant about how the government
can't figure out anything...
NDZs are not the problem; they are a partial solution. Blaming politicians or "the government" for raw sewage discharges isn't a solution or even marginally accurate; to be precise, you are the problem.
Come back to reality folks. Pay the huge tax burden associated with building larger sewage treatment plants capable of handling combined sewer overflows. Hold your political representatives accountable for NOT raising taxes
sufficient to pay for this.
If you aren't willing to pay and don't want to vote for a politician who wants to raise
, please stop complaining here where it does absolutely no good.
Ummm, I don't think you understood the logic of the original post. He was not ranting against the failure to build sewage plants. That's a different problem, different conversation, different thread. He was complaining that the government picks on cruisers as a cosmetic "we're doing something about it" measure, which burdens us unfairly, discourages something really good like Lectrasans, diverts attention from the real problem, and does nothing to actually improve the marine environment
I totally agree with him. We started cruising in England
last year. In contrast to Florida
, where we used to sail, there are NO discharge rules at all (other than rules in individual marinas
, which are not even slighly enforced). Holding tanks
are almost non-existent and no one has even heard of a Lectrasan. Elaborate scientific studies were done here which showed that dumping marine
heads directly overboard
even into rivers (tidal estuaries, that is), is such a tiny volume of sewage compared to other sources (like whole cities overflowing into rivers, as the OP mentioned) that cruisers have NO material effect on the marine environment. That yacht discharges amount to 0.001% (say) of all of the pollution in the rivers and that changing the laws would produce no measurable improvement of the water.
So I completely agree with the OP -- let the politicians stop making scapegoats out of us.
And bravo for the English
, who seem to actually care about sailors, and are willing to be reasonable and scientific about making policies affecting us. By the way, there is also no requirement of any kind of registration
or licenses (except for VHF), and yachts are exempt from any kind of taxes (other than VAT on the purchase price
, imposed only once, on the first purchaser). Yeah! That's a real seafaring nation for you.
We are fanatically careful with garbage, and would never let so much as a beer
bottle top get into the water. But human waste in the tiny quantities discharged by sailors (unlike, for example, laundry
detergent which causes algae blooms and is really hamful) is a natural organic material which is quickly broken down in the ocean. I wouldn't discharge into a small anchorage where people are swimming, but underway in the ocean it is simply ridiculous to worry about it.