It’s the Law
A&B Marina Pumpout Boat
Federal law and Florida Statute 327.53 prohibits discharging raw sewage in all fresh
water or within coastal water limits; nine nautical miles in the Gulf of Mexico and three
nautical miles in the Atlantic Ocean.
Sewage in Waterways is a Health Hazard
Sewage from boats contains disease-causing microorganisms that when discharged into
waterways can impact the environment as well as
human health. Untreated discharge from one weekend boater puts the same
amount of bacterial pollution into the water as the treated sewage of 10,000 people.
Typhoid, hepatitis, cholera, gastroenteritis and other waterborne diseases can be
transmitted through contaminated waters and infected
To Protect the Environment
Sewage reduces oxygen levels in the water that fish and other aquatic species need to
survive. Since the microorganisms within the sewage need oxygen, any discharge into
waterways reduces the amount of oxygen available to fish and other aquatic life. Heavy
nutrient loads in sewage also promote excessive algae growth preventing life-giving
sunlight from reaching subsurface vegetation.
CVA Application Info
Clean Marina Programs
January 21, 2011