Mt. Hope Bay May Become No Discharge Area

Mt. Hope Bay, Braga Bridge, Fall River. Photo courtesy Conservation Law Foundation/ohn McDaid.

On Thursday, March 29, Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Richard K. Sullivan Jr. submitted an application to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to designate the Massachusetts portion of Mt. Hope Bay as a No Discharge Area (NDA).

“Mt. Hope Bay is the last major remaining area in Massachusetts that has not been nominated as a No Discharge Area,” said Secretary Sullivan. “With this nomination, I’m proud to say that our goal of a statewide ban on boat waste discharge in coastal waters is in sight. I’m also pleased to support the significant local efforts to protect Mt. Hope Bay from pollution.”

The designation would prohibit the discharge of any treated or untreated boat sewage in the area, which encompasses nine square miles, including the Taunton River up to the Center/Elm St. Bridge on the border of Dighton and Berkley, as well as the Lee and Cole Rivers up to their respective Route 6 bridges.

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