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Puget Sound No Discharge Zone for Vessel Sewage

Publication number Date Published Date Revised
12-10-031August 2012November 2013
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Note: This publication consists of seven documents. See links below to the seven separate parts of this report.

Part 1 - No Discharge Zone Petition Requirements and Petition Research
(28 pages) (1MB)

Part 2 - Puget Sound Condition, Vessel Sewage Discharge, and the Costs and Benefits of Establishing a NDZ
(66 pages) (20MB)

Part 3 - Puget Sound Vessel Population and Pumpout Facilities
(46 pages) (3MB)

Part 4 - Phase 2 Vessel Population and Pumpout Facility Estimates
(38 pages) (2MB)

Part 5 - Puget Sound Recreational Boater Survey Results
(70 pages) (2MB)

Part 6 - Phase 2 Commercial Vessel Sewage Management and Pumpout
(20 pages) (1MB)

Part 7 - A Review of Implementation Strategies in Other States
(20 pages) (715KB)

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Author(s) Herrera Environmental Consultants, Inc.
Description Ecology and Washington State Department of Health are managing funds received from U.S. EPA to coordinate a 6-year strategy to prevent, reduce, and control pathogens in Puget Sound.

The first document describes the approaches for establishing an NDZ, the required elements of a successful petition, and an overview of lessons learned by other states that have recently established an NDZ.

The second document summarizes the environmental condition of Puget Sound and outlines the regulatory context for vessel sewage discharges.

The third document characterizes Puget Sound’s vessel population and identifies existing vessel sewage pumpout facilities. Accurately estimating the number of recreational and commercial vessels, as well as the location and number of pumpout facilities available to them, is a critical step for developing a strong and acceptable NDZ petition.

The fourth document provides an assessment of Puget Sound's vessel population and the availability of pumpout facilities and fills in data gaps identified in the first phase report.

The fifth document summarizes the Puget Sound Boater Survey for recreational boats that was conducted in the summer of 2012 to collect data about sewage management practices and habits.

The sixth document summarizes the results of an information gathering effort about wastewater management practices of commercial vessels operating in Puget Sound.

The seventh document provides a summary of NDZ implementation done on other NDZ areas and recommendations for implementation of a NDZ in Puget Sound.

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Keywords vessel, Puget Sound, sewage, discharge, cruise ship
WEB PAGE No Discharge Zone

Draft Petition to Designate the Waters of Puget Sound as a No Discharge Zone

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