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THE WASHINGTON STATE Department of Ecology has proposed turning Puget Sound into a No-Discharge Zone. Boats in the zone wouldn’t be allowed to discharge treated
sewage, although gray water from sinks and showers wouldn’t be
affected by the rule. The department says that the sound is prone
to water-quality problems, such as fecal coliform bacteria and
low-dissolved oxygen, which can affect the shellfish and aquatic
life. Local boaters are upset, claiming most of the damage to the
water quality is coming from city waste facilities that are chronically failing and overflowing in the winter months, dumping large
amounts of untreated waste directly into the sound.
“The various municipalities around Puget Sound consistently
have large discharges both into Puget Sound and the lakes they
border on,” said Puget Sound boater Thomas Aydelotte. “Some
of them annually report billions of gallons of untreated effluent
discharge. The focus should be upon these culprits to our water
quality and not the recreational users who depend on clean water
for their enjoyment. Department of Ecology policies should be
based on sound scientific evidence and not conjecture.”
There are 38 sewer outputs or combined sewer overflows
operated by King County, and the Seattle Public Utilities
Commission reports that more than 154 million gallons of
raw sewage and storm water spilled into Seattle’s creeks, lakes,
the Ship Canal, the Duwamish River, and Elliott Bay in 2012.
— N.P. W. P H O T O :
VESSEL SEWAGE is
just one of a number
of pollutant sources
to Puget Sound that
the Department of
Ecology is addressing. For information
on the proposed no-discharge zone (red
area on map), visit
this story online at
will publish any EPA
members can voice
on the proposal.
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