Originally Posted by peghall
You've overlooked one of the "hotbeds" of "no discharge," the Florida Keys
. . . There's actually enough enforcement that just about every boat has a holding tank
now...but more of 'em are being illegally dumped than pumped. However, waste still has to be managed while it is in the tank...and so far, no one has been bitten on the arse by anything in the bowl.
The Federal law 33 CFR Part 159 requires all boat made since 1997 or before (I think the original version of the law goes back another decade) to have "holding tanks
- - I have sailed and chartered in the Keys going way back and never had a single
thought or concern about direct discharge. Even the charter
outfits never were concerned about holding tanks
and pump-outs - which simply did not exist.
- - As you mentioned and I also posted, few if any boat owners used the tanks properly and simply keep black water
discharge routed directly overboard
- - I have seen too many used boats where the required holding tank
was removed by the owner who never used it and wanted the space for something else or some other reason.
- - So over the last decade and especially in recent years the new owners of these boats have had to "re-install" holding tanks or remain, forever, outside the USA.
- - Putting the tanks back into the boats is especially difficult especially for returning boats from outside the USA as they are not easily available outside the USA since nobody uses them.
- - 15 years ago or so I sailed to the Channel Island off Los Angeles and encountered the first NDZ where the local rangers/LEO's placed dye tablets in the MSD. Everywhere else along the coasts of the USA nobody cared until the big first NDZ flap in New England
followed. And for a last decade or so, the NDZ craze had boomed amongst local and State governments. Still few if any places "enforced" the rules since Pump-out facilities did not exist or if they existed they were inoperable.
- - Now in the last few years, the Potty Police hassles has grown astronomically more than ever before. And although as you mentioned, "no one has been bitten on the arse by anything in the bowl
" - more and more folks are getting bitten in the wallet by these Potty Police even though pump-outs still don't exist or are few and far between.
- - So now a "new" situation exists where large numbers of boaters are using their holding tanks where previously virtually nobody did.