Press Release – (Trenton, NJ) – Furthering their efforts to protect all of the state’s waterways, Assemblyman Dave Wolfe and Assembly Republican Conference Leader Dave Rible today won backing for legislation that imposes criminal penalties for discharging untreated sewage from watercraft. The bill, A-2664, was approved by the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee.
“Boaters have a moral obligation to respect and protect our state’s shoreline and other bodies of water,” said Wolfe, R-Ocean and Monmouth. “Common decency dictates that our ocean and other waterways should not be treated as waste dumps, yet we know people do dump raw sewage overboard. Those who do will face very serious consequences for their deplorable actions.”
The measure prohibits the discharge of untreated sewage from containment tanks on boating vehicles into any of New Jersey’s waterways. It also subjects violators to a five-year prison term and a fine of up to $50,000. Current law prohibits the discharge of raw sewage from a watercraft in an area that has been designated as a “no discharge” zone by the federal Environmental Protection Agency.
“New Jersey has some of the most beautiful waterways in the nation. We need to prevent the Jersey Shore, our bays and rivers from becoming a dumping ground for raw sewage,” said Rible, R-Monmouth and Ocean. “Boaters who fail to be good environmental stewards will face severe penalties.”