Originally posted by: 42gibson
well, in our area(muskingum and ohio river) it says"treated sewage can be discharged overboard. they consider the macerater as being treated. we've all been checked and approved by the coast guard
Boy are we getting off topic here...
Anyway not actually saying you're wrong but in reading this from the ODNR website if you were boarded by them you could be maybe issued a big fat ticket....
Marine Sanitation Device (MSD) On Lake Erie, the Muskingum River and the Ohio River
Vessel Sanitary Systems
Except on Lake Erie, the Muskingum River and the Ohio River, no person shall launch, moor, dock, operate or permit to be operated any vessel with a sink, toilet, or sanitary system capable of discharging urine, fecal matter, contents of a chemical commode, kitchen wastes, laundry wastes, slop sink drainage, or other household wastes into the waters in this state. Such a sink, toilet, or sanitary system shall be removed, sealed or made to drain into a tank or reservoir that can be carried or pumped ashore for disposal in an approved sewage treatment works.
All recreational vessels with installed toilet facilities must have an operable MSD on board. Vessels 65 feet and under may use a U.S.Coast Guard certified Type I, II or III MSD. Vessels over 65 feet must install a U.S.Coast Guard certified Type II or III MSD. Coast Guard certified devices are so labeled except for some holding tanks, which are certified by definition under federal regulations.
Types of MSDs
Type III MSD, the simplest and most common, consists of a holding tank. It requires only a small storage space and is simple to operate. Type III MSDs have the least impact on the environment since the waste is to be discharged on shore into a local sewage treatment facility.
Types I and II MSDs are usually found on large vessels. Waste is treated with special chemicals to kill bacteria before the waste is discharged. Types I and II MSDs with "Y" valves that direct the waste overboard must be secured so that the valve cannot be open for discharge into the water. This can be done by placing a lock or non-usable seal on the "Y" valve or by taking the handle off the "Y" valve.
Keep Our Waterways Clean From Sewage
Boat sewage dumped into Ohio waters may affect aquatic plants, fish and other animals. The nutrients, microorganisms and chemicals contained in human waste from boats have a negative impact on coastal and inland waters, particularly in sheltered or shallow areas not naturally flushed by tide or current.
Sewage contains nutrients that fertilize algae in the water. This can make algae grow out of control, reducing the amount of light which reaches underwater grasses. Algae can also settle on the grass, smothering it. These grasses provide nursery areas for young fish and help prevent shoreline erosion. Flow-through treatment devices (Type I or II MSDs) reduce bacteria in the sewage but do not reduce the nutrients or organic matter going into the water.
Organic matter in sewage is decomposed in the water by bacteria. During this process, the bacteria use oxygen. As a result, sewage in the water may deplete the water's oxygen level, stressing fish and other aquatic animals that need oxygen to survive.
Microorganisms from a person's digestive system are found in human waste. Once they are in the water, they can pass diseases like hepatitis to people in contact with the water.
Chemical products used in onboard treatment devices, such as chlorine and formaldehyde, can be toxic to marine and estuarine life and could pose a problem in areas where boats congregate and where there is little wave flushing action.
So if I'm reading and interpreting it right dumping may be acceptable under coast guard or federal law but it's superseded and overwritten by Ohio law which states dumping anything other than gray water into the above waterways illegal...
Well it does seem I did interpenetrate "wrong" after more searching..
It appears that in the above rivers if a person grinds it up real well where a person can't recognize it as a turd a person or boater is good to go..
And to think of the times attending the stern-wheeler festival I was swimming at the mouth of the Muskingum with hundreds of full boats upriver spewing their BM into the water. At least I learned something "I'll never ever again swim in areas of high boat congestion". Living yet and still learning.
Respect Our Outdoor Recreational Resources
Leaving Only "Footprints in the Sand"
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1972 35' Crest Pontoon Houseboat
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