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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

September 19, 2013 at 6:39 PM

Keeping Puget Sound clean

Seagulls circle a fishing boat in the Puget Sound in 2012. [Photo by Aaron Lavinsky.]

Seagulls circle a fishing boat in the Puget Sound in 2012. [Photo by Aaron Lavinsky.]

Small boats not at fault

Peter Goldmark’s highlighting of sewage discharge from recreational boats in Puget Sound misses the mark. [“Guest column: We must keep boat sewage out of Puget Sound,” Opinion, Sept. 18.]

There is almost no place in Puget Sound that is the required three miles from shore to allow any such discharge under current law. Such an area might be found in the Strait of Juan de Fuca, but the effects of a few boats in the middle of that body of water would pale in comparison to Victoria’s daily dumping of millions of gallons of raw sewage into it every day.

When beaches near Seattle are closed due to foul water, the cause is usually attributed to storm runoff through inadequate land-based systems, not a small boat miles away.

Regulations should be needed and meaningful; his suggestion fails this test.

James AuBuchon, Sammamish

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