Our Waterways in Southern and Florida Sailing Waters - Issues Affecting Clean Waters, Anchoring Rights, Cruising Rights, Pollution
This Section is dedicated to the waters we sail in and news and information about our anchoring and cruising rights, how clean are our waters and how to protect them
Mooring Fields & Anchoring Rights
- Download/Read NEW BoatUS Florida Anchoring Law Page 1 PDF: Download/Read Page 2 PDF
- NEW!!Search this Website, Topics, Words in Current and Back Issues
- Link to Sea Grant Publication PDF "Government Regulations and Rights of Navigation in Florida"
Protecting Our Waterways
Is the Gulf of Mexico Florida's Toilet?
Florida Dept of Motor Vehicles Boat Registration and Driver's License Suspension
Download PDF of the Florida Dept of Motor Vehicles page on proof that a suspended drivers license does not apply to losing your right to register your boat
Environmental Concerns: Boat Waste
Where Can You Dump Type I Marine Sanitation Devices (Like Lectra-San)?
Only six states (Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Rhode Island, and Wisconsin) have all, or nearly all, of their waters designated as No-Discharge Zones (NDZs). This means that not even treated sewage (like from a Lectra/San, a Type I MSD) can be dumped into those waters, but NDZs exist in only certain portions of other states.
Outside of NDZs, Type I MSDs can dump their treated waste into the waters legally and safely.
NDZs in the Southern states are:
- Alabama: None.
- Florida: State waters within the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, Destin Harbor, City of Key West waters.
- Georgia: Hartwell Lake.
- Louisiana: None
- Mississippi: None.
- North Carolina: Broad Creek
- South Carolina: Hartwell Lake, Lake Keowee, Lake Murray, Lake Thurmond, and Lake Wylie.
- Texas: 24 Freshwater bodies (no saltwater areas).
(Other restrictions exist for certain freshwater bodies with low water access. See the laws on the below Web site to review those.)
For a complete list of NDZs and information about them and marine sanitation devices, go to www.epa.gov.
Untreated sewage cannot be dumped in any waters unless the vessel is three miles from shore along coastal waters, and off the coast of Florida in the Gulf, a vessel cannot dump unless it is nine miles offshore.
Neal Warren was cited by the FWC in the Keys in 2011 for improper sanitation device. He went to court and won. This audio is the official court voice transcript of the proceedings and it's quite amazing how ignorant the court was of the sanitation laws and the FWC did nothing to tell the whole truth about the laws to the judge. Neal had to do that for them. It is a remarkable joke on how the FWC handled this. For more on Neal's case, see the letters section in the June 2012 issue (available online on June 1.