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New Long Island Boating Regulations Affect Marine Toilet Requirements

May 12, 2010

Reacting to the start of boating season on Long Island’s South Shore, marine law-enforcement officers are enforcing strict anti-sewage regulations that were enacted last November.

Under the new laws, the 173 square-mile South Shore Estuary was declared a No Discharge Zone (NDZ) by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Long Island Press reports. As an NDZ, it is illegal for boaters to flush their marine toilets into the waterway.

Boaters MUST use Pumpouts

Kevin McAllister, a marine biologist and executive director of the nonprofit environmental group Peconic Baykeeper, called the new regulations “a no-brainer.”

“Whether you have a marina setting or a popular anchorage, if you get 30, 50, 100 boats in a location and if everyone in the course of a holiday weekend is flushing their toilets, you can imagine that water is no longer suitable for swimming,” he added.

Marine Toilets

In light of these new rules, an approved waste system for a vessel must consist of a marine toilet and a holding tank. The tank would be emptied by a pump-out station while the boat is docked, thereby preventing sewage from polluting the water and avoid legal ramifications for the boater.

Jabsco manufactures marine toilets in compact sizes and larger household sizes, and also makes macerator and waste pumps available to help keep waterways clean.

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