Steps are being taken to ensure healthier waterways in lower Gloucester County.
The Gloucester County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Oct. 7 to authorize the county’s Go Green Advisory Committee to submit an application for the establishment of No Discharge Zones (NDZ) in Sarah Creek and Perrin River, both at Gloucester Point.
Go Green Advisory Committee member Phil Olekszyk explained to the board of supervisors that currently, the Federal Clean Water Act prohibits dumping of untreated sewage from boats anywhere in the U.S. However, it does permit dumping of treated sewage from certain marine sanitation devices in U.S. waters, except in NDZs.
“So, if we establish an NDZ, then even those with those two devices will not be permitted to dump sewage in NDZ waters,” Olekszyk said.
He added that NDZs require human waste to be stored on the vessel or disposed of at a facility on land except with a type I or type II system before it can be discharged ...