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Boating groups oppose no-discharge zone in Puget Sound

Commercial and recreational boating groups are voicing their opposition to a proposal that would ban the discharge of sewage, treated or not, throughout Puget Sound. The Washington State Department of Ecology is proposing a no-discharge zone (NDZ) that it says is needed to protect the environmentally sensitive Sound. Federal law currently prohibits dumping untreated sewage [...]

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New pumpout stations open on Puget Sound

Boaters in the South Central Sound will have two new options for sewage disposal this coming season. Brand new, state-of-the-art pumpout stations have been installed in Quartermaster Harbor and at Gig Harbor’s new Maritime Pier. Both installations were completed only with assistance from the State Parks’ Clean Vessel Act program. The new $53,000 installation at [...]

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State prepares for oil spills in Lake Washington

The Washington Department of Ecology has been at the forefront of some significant spill cleanup events recently, from a waste-oil pumping accident at a Navy base that dumped 2000 gallons of waste oil into Hood Canal, to the long-term cleanup effort at Northlake Shipyard, to dealing with the aftermath of the marina fire in Shelter [...]

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