Peconic Great South Baykeeper
No-Discharge Zone in South Shore Estuary

December 2010 marks the one-year anniversary of the Vessel No-Discharge Zone (NDZ) designation for the entire South Shore Estuary.  The designation was made by the Environmental Protection Agency following a two and a half year campaign initiated by Peconic Baykeeper on behalf of the six South Shore Towns and Fire Island National Seashore.  This complements an earlier campaign led by the Baykeeper that culminated in an NDZ designation for the Peconic Estuary in 2004. 

Vessels operating within the estuary from Long Beach to Southampton are now required to discharge all sewage, treated or not, at pump facilities only.  Most towns provide pumpouts as a free service.  This measure will help protect local waters from exposure to increased levels of harmful bacteria, nutrients and other chemical compounds, which can degrade water quality and threaten marine life.



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