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Deep Sea saga results in penalty

Rory Westmoreland, owner of the derelict vessel Deep Sea, which burnt and sank in Penn Cove on Whidbey Island almost two years ago, has been fined $301,000 for his role in the debacle. The Washington State Department of Ecology issued the fine this week after determining that Westmoreland failed to take responsibility for keeping the [...]

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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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