"No Discharge Zones" in Region 5
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"No Discharge Zones" are designated bodies of waters that prohibit the discharge of treated and untreated boat sewage. Completely enclosed freshwater lakes or bodies of water are by definition "No Discharge" areas, therefore all inland lakes are "No discharge" zones within Region 5. Because "No Discharge" zone waters have greater environmental protection, even vessels with Type I or II Marine Sanitation Devices (MSD) are prohibited from discharging treated sewage into these areas and they must be properly secured to ensure that sewage discharge will be prevented (i.e., closed seacock and padlock).
Rules and Regulations
The Clean Water Act (CWA) authorizes the designation of "no discharge zones" (NDZs). In a NDZ, all vessels are prohibited from discharging sewage, whether treated or not. The CWA provides 3 different procedures for designating NDZs:
- under § 312(f)(4)(B), upon application by a State, EPA can designate a NDZ for a drinking water intake zone;
- under § 312(f)(3) a State can create a NDZ if it determines that certain waters warrant greater environmental protection and EPA determines that adequate pumpout facilities exist; and
- under § 312(f)(4)(A), upon application by a State, EPA can create a NDZ if it determined that certain waters warrant greater environmental protection.
- Illinois does not currently have any designated or proposed "No Discharge" Zones.
- Waste disposal from watercrafts in Illinois Title 35 Part 308
- Indiana does not currently have any designated or proposed "No Discharge" Zones.
- Waste disposal from watercrafts in Indiana IC 14-15-2-7
- As of January 15, 1976 Michigan waters of Lake Michigan, Huron, Superior, Erie and St. Clair and all waterways connected thereto, and all inland lakes were designated as "No Discharge Zones". This decision was made pursuant to section 312(f) (3) of Pub. L. 92-500.
- Map of No Discharge Zones in Michiga (PDF) (1 pg, 533K)
- Harbor Information from Michigan Department of Natural Resources
- Michigan Boating Safety Handbook
- Sate regulatory language and information Part 95 Watercraft Pollution Control
- As of June 30, 1977 the Middle Mississippi River from Lock and Dam No. 2 at Hastings, Minnesota to the Coon Rapids Dam, and for the Minnesota River from its mouth to the end of the commercial channel near Shakopee, Minnesota was designated as a "No Discharge Zone" under 42 FR 33362.
- As of August 31, 1977 under 312(f)(4)(a) the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA) was designated a "No Discharge Zone". 42 FR 4383
- As of June 18, 1996 the Lower St. Croix River (from the mouth to Taylor Falls, Minnesota 42 FR 837, January 4, 1977) was designated as a "No Discharge Zone". 61 FR 30868
- Map of No Discharge Zones in Minnesota (PDF) (1pg, 309K)
- Boating regulations in Minnesota
- Ohio does not currently have any designated or proposed "No Discharge" Zones.
- Ohio Department of Natural Resources Environmental Boater's Guide
- A petition was sent on February 28, 2003 by the State of Wisconsin to U.S. EPA requesting approval to prohibit the discharge of sewage treated or not, from all vessels into the waters of Lake Superior under its jurisdiction. They have stated there are 13 waterfront facilities with sanitary waste pumpout facilities and numerous public venues that offer restroom facilities to boaters. (Volume 68, Number 140) [Page 43355]
- As of March 22, 1976 Wisconsin waters of Lake Michigan and inland lakes were designated as "No Discharge Zones". 41 FR 11875
- Ss of June 18, 1996 the Lower St. Croix River (from the mouth to Taylor Falls, Minnesota 42 FR 837, January 4, 1977) was designated as a "No Discharge Zone". 61 FR 3086
- Map of No Discharge Zones in Wisconsin (PDF) (1pg, 238K)
- Boating information in Wisconsin
- Wisconsin Chapter 30 Regulations of Boating
- Wisconsin Boating Rules (KB, about pdf)