It’s the Law

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 shellfish. 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. Vessel sewage is more concentrated than domestic sewage because people on boats use less volumes of water for sanitary purposes than do people on land. A single boat discharging the contents of its holding tank into the waters of a harbor may pose little human health risk. However, if several hundred boats, on the other hand, are docked in a harbor with a poor flushing rate, and they dump their toilet waste directly overboard, that can present a definite problem.

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Help us protect our environmental. Here's what you can do to protect our oceans and coasts - a priceless resource:

  • ​Conserve water in your daily life.
  • Don't be wasteful: reduce, re-use, and recycle every day.
  • Pick up trash, participate in trash clean-up days.
  • Cut the rings of plastic six-pack holders. Aquatic life and birds can become entangled in them.
  • Don't litter - streets and storm drains empty into rivers and streams that lead to our coasts.
  • Choose non-toxic products for household use.
  • Choose products carefully: avoid excess packaging.
  • Dispose of household and yard chemicals properly; read their labels.
  • Minimize use of fertilizers and pesticides on your yard.
  • Make sure your septic system is operating properly;
  • Respect your sewer system - don't pour toxic wastes, chemicals, or any medications down the toilet.
  • Remember gutters and storm drains deliver water and contaminants to streams, rivers, and eventually the ocean.
  • Maintain your boats, cars, and other heavy equipment to reduce oil leaks.
  • Do not dump petroleum products, including oil down storm drains; recycle used motor oil

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