Commissioner Rick Sullivan
Commissioner, Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR)
This week I announced the designation of a new No Discharge Area (NDA) in Outer Cape Cod. Designating an area an NDA prohibits boats and other vehicles from dumping waste and sewage into coastal waters making recreational and fishing activities much cleaner and safer. NDAs also protect water quality and aquatic life from bacteria and chemical products. This newest NDA (link to press release to be added later) covers the coastal waters off Chatham, Orleans, Eastham, Wellfleet, Truro, and Provincetown, including the National Seashore and Nauset Harbor. This brings the total number of NDAs on the Massachusetts coast to 15 – covering 67 percent of state waters. Now, only two areas are left undesignated as NDAs—Nantucket and Vineyard Sounds and Mt. Hope Bay.
A prime destination for vacationers and tourists, the Cape is home to spectacular natural resources including beaches, harbors and estuaries for swimming, sailing, fishing and other recreational opportunities. We’ve worked hard, under the leadership of Governor Deval Patrick, with coastal communities and the EPA to protect Massachusetts shorelines so residents and visitors will continue to enjoy clean and safe waters for years to come.
For all you boaters out there, take some time to learn more about the No-Discharge Areas in New England. Be sure to identify the nearest locations for boat sewage pump out stations before heading out on the water and help us in our efforts to keep Massachusetts’ shores clean.
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2014 DAR Agricultural Calendar: September posted on Sep 12
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Calling All Shuckers! posted on Sep 3
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