No-Discharge Zone Approved for Cape Cod, Vineyard & Nantucket
July 31, 2012
Last week, Massachusetts Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Rick Sulliva announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had approved the designation of state waters south of Cape Cod and surrounding Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard as a No Discharge Area (NDA).
With the approval of the South Cape Cod and Islands NDA, boaters are now prohibited from dumping sewage along more than 95% of state coastal waters.
“With the help of our community leaders and federal partners, the dream of clean coastal waters up and down the Massachusetts coastline is now a reality, protecting our precious marine habitats and recreational areas for years to come,” said Governor Deval Patrick.
In March, Secretary Sullivan submitted the South Cape Cod and Islands NDA application through the state’s Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM), capping 5 years of extensive work by CZM and 14 communities to ensure the necessary waste pumpout facilities are available for boaters to use.
The 14 communities are: Aquinnah, Chilmark, West Tisbury, Tisbury, Oak Bluffs, Edgartown, Falmouth, Mashpee, Barnstable, Yarmouth, Dennis, Harwich, Chatham and Nantucket.
For more on boat sewage pumpout locations throughout Massachusetts coastal waters: CLICK HERE.
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