Essay about Effects of Sewage Disposal
Enjoying the scenic horizon while out at sea, one must remember there is a hidden and imperative responsibility waiting to ruin the precious itinerary for which you have planned. If uncared for, this responsibility can grow, and expand, and build up until it explodes, literally OR figuratively, and cause a health issue from hell. This responsibility that every fisherman, boat enthusiast, and commercial cruise-line knows all too well is none other than…sewage disposal at sea. A sailboat, for instance, has certain serious regulations with which it must abide in order to maintain an environmental and even a fundamental social standing.
The law In response to growing fears of the "death" of our …show more content…
The arguments that boat sewage is "peanuts" compared to other sources of pollution, that holding tanks "stink," that there's no place to pump out, and that the law isn't being enforced anyway, is no longer valid. These facts are clear:
Growth in boating is placing an additional environmental strain on crowded recreational waters.
Government and citizens' groups are working aggressively to contain and prevent all forms of water pollution.
Government grant money is funding a tremendous increase in the number of pump-out facilities.
Advancing technology has given a wide range of "user friendly" sanitation system options.
Against this backdrop, it is not surprising that congress is considering proposals that would increase fines for flushing raw sewage and provide states with incentives for enforcing current laws. Clearly, it's time for all boaters to "do the right thing."
Boats 65 feet in length or less may install a type I, II, or III device. Vessels over 65 feet must install a type II or III MSD. An approved system (Type I or II) will have a label verifying that it meets the Coast Guard regulations for design and construction and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations and standards as required by the Clean Water Act. Holding tanks (Type III) do not require a certification label if