Originally Posted by daddle
....this just in:
Tidy city dwellers dump 20000000 gallons of sewage
into Biscayne Bay. There are perhaps 20000 boats in the area
that would have holding tanks. That's a thousand gallons of holding tank pumping by each disgusting dirty boater just to the match the elites ashore.
(Google is my friend)
From the article: "...That night, Renz was nauseous and having hot and cold spells. By Monday morning, he was vomiting and had diarrhea.
Although Miami-Dade health
officials had issued an advisory Saturday advising people to avoid swimming and recreational activities in bay areas from Oleta River State Park to Bal Harbour and Haulover Park, the word hadn't gotten out.
``There was no direct coordination between city officials and the hotels. I talked to so many people who had no idea,'' Bush said. ``I can imagine there are a lot of very sick people because the city didn't take some very simple preventive measures.''
Not something I'd want to swim in! But, I really don't see how this justifies direct discharge of sewage from boats. Two wrongs don't make a right.
I get your point (I think) that focus of pollution prevention should be elsewhere-to the biggest offenders, and not boaters. IMHO it should be focused everywhere.
It would be nice if effluent from WWTP's were 100% free of pathogens, but that is not the case for most municipalities. Still, as stewards of the environment
we should do as much as we can, whenever we can. To include not being lazy and using pump-out facilities when available...
Playing more numbers: Assuming the 1 boater:10,000 persons of sewage through a treatment process is accurate (I haven't seen anyone show any to the contrary), and assuming this poll
is representative of views of all the people on this website let's see the effect of Cruiser's Forum on the environment
. One can take the 35,453 members of Cruiser's Forum, and conservatively use just the last two poll
items equaling about 20% of the participants ("Whenever I think it's OK because no one will notice "and "regularly pump overboard"). This gives 35,453 x 0.2 x 10,000 or a country with a population of 70,906,000 that discharges treated sewage.