boating

Water Quality
11:33 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Boat Sewage In The Puget Sound? The Department Of Ecology Says No More

Flickr Photo/JPChamberland

It's not something you want to think about: excrement floating in our lovely oceans. Some boaters release their sewage into the water, but Washington's Department of Ecology is trying to change that. They are drafting a petition to the Environmental Protection Agency to classify the Puget Sound as a "no discharge zone." If approved, it would prohibit boaters from releasing any sewage — treated or untreated — in the Sound. Ross Reynolds talks with Department of Ecology supervisor Mark Henley.

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Impaired Boating
4:21 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Tougher BUI Laws To Start On Sunday

Officer Sylvester is part of the Harbor Patrol Unit that patrols Lake Union, Lake Washington and the Puget Sound. Starting Sunday, the consequences for drunk boating will increase substantially.
KUOW Photo/Meghan Walker

On the weekends, a lot of boaters hit the water which means a lot of drinking off of dry land. But boating under the influence laws are about to get a lot tougher. This Sunday, a new state law will take effect that will make drunk boating as punishable as drunk driving.

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Ocean Misadventures
4:59 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Four Rowers Survive Boat Capsize In The Atlantic

Jordan Hanssen of OAR Northwest.
Credit Photo Credit/Erinn J Hale of OAR Northwest

Four men were attempting to set a world record by rowing across the Atlantic Ocean this weekend. Their plans were thwarted when their boat capsized. Seventy-two days of journey culminated in hours and hours of trying to right their capsized boat. 

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Derelict Vessel Removal
7:52 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Washington Set To Pass Legislation On Derelict Vessels, But Funding Problems Remain

Recreational boaters in Washington pay a registration fee, part of which covers clean up and removal of derelict vessels. Commercial vessels do not pay into that fund.
Ashley Ahearn

There are several hundred derelict and abandoned vessels dotting the waterways of Washington and Oregon. They can block navigation and pollute the environment, and they can also be very expensive to remove.

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