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EPA Region 2 (New York and New Jersey) on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009, approved a proposal to prohibit vessel waste discharges within the South Shore Estuary Reserve of Long Island. The EPA determined that the petition prepared by Peconic Baykeeper and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) met the criteria outlined by the Clean Vessel Act for establishing a No Discharge Zone.
Effective immediately, all boat sewage will now have to be discharged at equipped pump-out facilities. In considering the proposal, EPA took into account the number of available pump-out facilities in the area. The Clean Vessel Act stipulates the adequate number of pump-outs per vessel population as one pump-out per 300 to 600 vessels.
The South Shore Estuary Reserve runs almost the entire length of Long Island, along the island's southern shore. It is bordered to the south by the outer barrier islands. It includes more than 110,000 acres of open water and intertidal areas from East Rockaway Inlet to Shinnecock Bay. The reserve encompasses the homes of 1.5 million people, and includes some of the busiest waters in North American for commercial and recreational vessels.