‘No-discharge zone’ in Puget Sound? State asks feds to make it happen

The state has formally asked the federal government to declare Puget Sound – and some contingent waters including Lakes Union and Washington – a “no-discharge zone.” Right now, vessels can discharge sewage into the Sound in some situations; this proposal – which would be phased in over several years – would ban that. The Department of Ecology‘s news release has details; this DOE page explains the process, now that the state has officially petitioned the EPA.

7 Replies to "'No-discharge zone' in Puget Sound? State asks feds to make it happen"

  • Joan July 21, 2016 (12:42 pm)

    This is great news, but five years seems too long.

  • bolo July 21, 2016 (1:02 pm)

    Seems like if we just spent (are spending?) millions of $$$ to upgrade Murray and Barton water runoff plants to minimize CSO, then we should try to close up all the other loopholes that allow sewage discharges into the Sound.

  • WS Wanderer July 21, 2016 (1:09 pm)


  • Salal July 21, 2016 (1:32 pm)

     About time

  • WD fundie July 21, 2016 (2:00 pm)

    Too bad Victoria will continue to dump billions of gallons a day of raw sewage into Salish Sea. Kind of makes everything else miniscule in comparison.

    To those thinking of vacations to Victoria, think about what supporting their sewage dumping really means.

  • Dale July 21, 2016 (2:55 pm)

    I chose (years ago) to not go to British Columbia until Victoria deals with the sewage.  It is the provincial capital, and its reluctance to fix (or even address) the problem, for decades, is ridiculous.   A man in a turd suit, who called himself “Mr. Floatie”, used to demonstrate in front of the government buildings there.  He gave up several years ago, saying he’d gotten too old waiting for any results.

  • flimflam July 21, 2016 (5:33 pm)

    of course this is a great idea but will it/can it be enforced?

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