People pumping straight out instead of pumping out into a sewer system is the #1 reason lots of landlubbers don't like to look out and see boats off their beaches
Not true... It's the SEWER systems--which is where most holding tank
contents that aren't illegally dumped--not the boats who are pollluting the beaches...but it's the boats who get the blame. Two examples:
A few months ago two reports almost simultaneously hit the news:
A fire at a sewage treatment plant on the Hudson
river had resulted in a DAILY spill of about 5 million gallons of untreated sewage into the river. The same voices who ballyhooed how much new "no discharge" laws would do for the quality of the Hudson
assured the public that the spill was no big deal...that the river flow was sufficient to cleanse it quickly. (But the river flow apparently isn't sufficient cleanse the 10-15 gallons a day of 100% bio-waste from boats?).
Harbor on Catalina Island
was declared the dirtiest harbor in the US. The culprit: Sewer pipes so corroded and full of holes that almost all the sewage on the island is going straight into the harbor. But the "no discharge" rules there, in place for nearly two decades are so strict that they drop a dye tablet in your head
a flush it before assigning you a mooring
15 years ago there was a report (can't remember the source now) that more than 100 New England
municipalities have waivers from the EPA excusing them from meeting federal water
quality standards for their sewage treatment plants because their systems are too old, too small or in such disrepair that they can't, and can't afford to upgrade repair them. However, New England
IS the largest "no discharge" area on the whole east coast
. I considered it the ultimate irony that the very DAY Rhode Island's statewide "no discharge" law went into effect, a massive sewage treatment plant spill closed all the beaches and shellfish beds in Narragansett Bay for a WEEK!
And you're upset about one little guy who's flushing
his li'l ol Jabsco
toilet MAYBE 5x/day...4 of which are just urine???
and composters aren't the answer...onboard treatment is...and incentive for mfrs to spend the money
to develop devices that are affordable, easy to install and maintain, and with power requirements low enough that even a 23-24' boat can use one. And regulations
that actually make some sense for a change!