DEC: No Dumping!

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation is reminding boaters that it is illegal to discharge untreated sewage anywhere in the state's waters.

    The reminder, for both recreational and commercial boaters, states that it is illegal to discharge untreated sewage anywhere in the State’s freshwaters or the marine waters within three miles of Alaska’s shores.

    They said that includes dumping buckets, leaning over the rail, as well as bypassing the holding tanks of an on-board toilet whether in a harbor, at anchor, on the fishing grounds, or while underway.

    “Untreated human waste can harm fish and shellfish and contaminate shellfish beds, and it can transmit diseases to other people,” said DEC commissioner Jason Brune. “Discharging untreated sewage is illegal, and it sends the wrong message about how Alaska cares for our home waters.”

    Discharging sewage with less than primary treatment can result in penalties of up to $2,000.

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