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Sewage contains bacteria, viruses, and microorganisms that can cause illness in humans and harm wildlife. *Sewage can also impact water quality by contributing nutrients like nitrogen. Excess levels of these nutrients can lead to increased growth of algae or harmful blooms. Large amounts of algae reduce levels of available oxygen in the water and impact the health of aquatic animals.
Properly disposing of sewage not only supports water quality, but it is also the **law. It is illegal to dump untreated sewage within three miles of the coast. It is illegal to discharge ANY sewage (raw or treated) from Type I, II, or III Marine Sanitation Devices into freshwater lakes, reservoirs, or enclosed bodies of water.
Follow these guidelines when boating:
Take the pledge and become a Clean Boater! Collectively, individual actions of proper
waste disposal can make a difference. Help other boaters understand ways to
control boat sewage.
*Clean Coastal Waters: Understanding and Reducing the Effects of Nutrient Pollution. National Research Council, National Academy Press, Washington, DC (2000)
**ORS 468B Water Quality
Floating restrooms are available through the Clean Vessel Act grant. Excise taxes on fishing equipment, motorboat, and small engine fuels are the primary source of CVA funds. These funds are managed and administered by the United States Fish and Wildlife’s Sport Fish Restoration Program. The Oregon State Marine Board distributes CVA funds through a competitive process within the state.
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