Massachusetts: Plymouth plays key role in new coastal waters regulation


The EPA has designated all state coastal waters as “No Discharge Areas.”

This means that boats cannot use the ocean as a dumping ground for sewage.  

This milestone in the clean water initiative began in 2006, with the proactive effort of David Gould, Plymouth’s Environment Manager.

Gould says he had help:“There are quite a few people here in the town of Plymouth, myself, Chad Hunter, Harbormaster, and Don Gorley with our Harbormaster’s Division, who all initiated it.”

Gould says, to help boaters comply with the no discharge requirement, “We have a pump-out boat that can go around and pump out recreational boats.  We have a shore site system where commercial vessels can come and pump out their sewage and therefore not discharge into the bay.”

About Bobbi Clark

Bobbi Clark is a Plymouth area reporter at WATD. She began her career in radio as a producer at a news/talk radio station in Chicago. From there she went to WMAQ-TV, the NBC owned and operated television station in Chicago, As a producer there, she won 5 Emmy Awards for production of special programming. Bobbi is a graduate of Emerson College, with a degree in Writing, Publishing and Literature.