Monday, September 19, 2011

100,000,525 gallons of raw sewage and counting....

Why is it that if a boater discharges treated waste it is referred to as "dumping" but when a municipality discharges raw waste it's called a "spill"?  Isn't a spill something that happens at a grocery store in isle 6 and is cleaned up with paper towels?

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Raw Sewage Dumped Into Hudson River

Well, isn't this nice.  It seems a fire at a sewage treatment plant in Harlem is allowing thousands of gallons of untreated waste to be dumped into the Hudson River.  Isn't that illegal?  Oh, and here's the best part; this is NORMAL!  From the article:

Crews were working through Wednesday night to get the plant running again as quickly as possible to once again treat all of Upper Manhattan's sewage.
That would be what we call a 'bypass.' That would be what would happen when you have a combined sewer overflow when it rains. This would be a dry-weather bypass,” said DEP Commissioner Cas Holloway.

So every time it rains the plant dumps raw sewage?  This must be the fault of recreational boaters...somehow...

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Poor reporting by

Perhaps the author of this article should do at least a little bit of research before spouting off falsehoods:

A No Discharge Zone designation DOES NOT have any impact on stopping boats from discharging WASTE.  It merely makes it illegal for vessels to discharge TREATED waste. Thus, these vessels with their own EPA approved treatment systems must use municipal pump-out stations, where their waste is then (hopefully) treated and dumped into the same waters anyway!

And let's not forget that the discharge of UNTREATED waste in US waters has been illegal since 1972, not 2007 like the author incorrectly states.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

State targets boating discharge |

Here we go again:

State targets boating discharge

I have spoken with Assitant New Editor, Michael Medwar, about a possible follow-up to this article to further clarify that No Discharge Zone legislation doesn't "stop boats from dumping waste into local waters", but rather prohibits the discharge of TREATED waste by both recreational and commercial vessels.