Clean water is essential for protecting the health of people, marine mammals, shellfish, and fish. When you are boating in marine waters your activities can easily affect the shorelines where people play and harvest shellfish. Keeping human and pet waste out of our waterways is part of the solution to improving water quality in our community.
With easy access to marine waters, boating is a popular pastime in Whatcom County.These marine waters are “No Discharge Zones”.
When portable toilets or holding tanks are illegally emptied into water, itdoesn’t just get washed away.Bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens can enter the water and spread diseases.This can lead to beach closures and contaminated shellfish beds.
Place Your Waste in its Proper Place
~ Use Pumpouts and Shoreline Restrooms.