Camden has a pump-out boat which we have used regularly. Northeast Harbor has a busy dockside pumpout station, but it is in an awkward location and shares dock space with several ferries, so it's not always easy to get to. Fortunately, the no-discharge zone ends about a 15-minute run from our mooring, if push comes to shove, as it sometimes does.It's true that big municipalities have sewage treatment overflow problems. Burlington Vermont was a classic on a pristine lake(fixed now I think). Boaters have no fingers pointed at them in the lakes, they're not involved, by strict laws.
But we have the same problems here in our little harbors where no municipal sewage treatment problems come into play. Certain weather conditions(?) and bang, a high fecal choliform count closes the beaches.
We have birds, we have too many landscapers adding stuff to lawns, and we have boats. Hundreds of rec boats in our harbor all with heads and holding tanks. Fishing boats, with direct discharge heads (or no head).
The boater angle is always, "It's not us! We just 'go' in the harbor, a little,...The Seals are doing it!" Whatever, the argument is old.
I think it's a bad way for a group to immediately go on the defensive and blame everything else as the major contributor.
So even though we have a free (really, self serve, no tips) pump out, you can sit all day on a park bench, and not see it used. And these harbors, Rockport, Camden, Rockland are all in their own NDZ as well as the 3 mi (another double threat!). We've done some promotional for using the pumps ashore, that's real help.
But still, we get beach closures with no municipality to blame.
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Casco Bay is all an NDZ. I imagine that will happen to Penobscot Bay. That might help but I've never heard of anyone being fined or even warned about discharging their holding tank in Penobscot Bay.