October 10, 2008

Watershed Group Will Be Honored


The Marshfield and Scituate waterways commissions will be honored by the North and South Rivers Watershed Association for their work in support of a no-discharge zone.

The federal Environmental Protection Agency declared the waters off Scituate, Marshfield and Cohasset a no-discharge zone in June. The waterways commissions had been working together to seek the designation for several years.

In a no-discharge zone, boaters are not permitted to empty their vessels' sewage holding tanks into the water. The tanks must be emptied at approved pump-out stations.

The objective is to keep beaches and harbor islands cleaner, improve shellfish stocks, and protect harbor waters.

The EPA approved a no-discharge zone for Quincy Bay and Boston Harbor in July. Plymouth, Kingston and Duxbury got no-discharge designations in the summer of 2006.

Other no-discharge areas include Cape Cod Bay, Buzzards Bay, Casco Bay in Maine, and all state waters in Connecticut, Rhode Island and New Hampshire.

The waterways commissions will receive the North and South Rivers Watershed Association's Barbara Pearson Memorial Award at the association's annual meeting Nov. 7.

Reach Sydney Schwartz at [email protected]

Originally published by By SYDNEY SCHWARTZ, The Patriot Ledger.

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