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Puget Sound NDZ Public Comment Requested

By |April 1st, 2014|Categories: Public Events||Comments Off on Puget Sound NDZ Public Comment Requested

The Washington department of Ecology has open public comment on the proposal to ban all treated discharge from boats in Puget Sound. Please feel free to comment on the this proposal.

Here is our official letter to the DOE:

March 26, 2014
Amy Jankowiak
Washington State Department of Ecology
Northwest Regional Office
3190 160th Ave SE
Bellevue, WA 98008
RE:  No Discharge Zone
Dear Ms. Jankowiak:
The Board of Directors of the Swinomish Yacht Club would like to express comments against classifying Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands as a “No Discharge Zone” (NDZ).  The basis of this proposal is unfounded in targeting boaters.  Boats in Puget Sound must comply with the regulations of the Clean Water Act prohibiting the discharge of untreated waste within 3 miles of land. To accomplish this, they have several different types of handling systems that comply with the regulations as set forth -notably, storing waste onboard in holding tanks until pumping out at a shore side station. 
It appears that directing the blame towards boaters instead of scientifically focusing on the real problem is not the solution.  The various municipalities around Puget Sound consistently have large discharges both into Puget Sound and the lakes they border on.  Some of them annually report billions of gallons of untreated effluent discharge.  The focus should be upon these culprits to our water quality and not the recreational users who depend and enjoy clean water for their enjoyment.
Department of Ecology policies should be based on sound scientific evidence and not conjecture.
Sincerely,
Tessa Aydelotte
Commodore
Swinomish Yacht Club
 

Here is RBAW’s statement on the issue as well as other current legislative items that are currently being discussed.

Dredging Funded for the South End of Swinomish Channel

By |March 13th, 2014|Categories: Public Events||Comments Off on Dredging Funded for the South End of Swinomish Channel

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers work plan for fiscal year 2014 includes $920,000 to dredge the south end of the Swinomish Channel, federal officials announced this week.

Read all about it here

Port of Skagit publishes latest Channel Depth Survey

By |February 1st, 2014|Categories: Public Events||Comments Off on Port of Skagit publishes latest Channel Depth Survey

The Port of Skagit has posted the latest survey on channel depths, provided by the Army Corp of Engineers. These surveys show the elevations (depths) of the south channel entrance to the “hole in the wall” which is where the channel turns north. These are provided for general reference and should not be used for navigation.
Swinomish Channel Watch