MSD Requirements in New York
Here are some specific MSD requirements for New York.
- Any land-locked lake located completely within the borders of New York or state canals: No discharge of any sewage is permitted. All marine sewage must be kept on board the vessel in a Type III MSD and pumped ashore at a marine pump-out facility.
- The waters of Canandiagua Lake, Skaneateles Lake, Greenwood (Orange County) Lake, or Lake George: Any vessel equipped with a toilet, sink, tub, etc., which results in the drainage of any wastewater whatsoever must have all such material drain into a holding tank. The holding tank must be drained ashore at a marine pump-out facility. Any overboard lines from such systems must also be either sealed or removed.
- The Great Lakes, Long Island Sound, or any tidal water: Vessels may discharge sewage overboard only after it has been treated in a USCG–certified Type I or II MSD. A Type I MSD may not be used on vessels over 65 feet in length.
- Hudson River up to Albany, many bays and inlets on Long Island: Localities located in tidal areas may adopt a no-discharge zone, provided they follow the requirements of both federal and state laws. Consult with local officials in these areas.
- Lake Champlain: Boaters may not discharge sewage. All marine sewage must be kept on board the vessel in a Type III MSD and pumped ashore at a marine pump-out facility. All overboard discharge valves have to be secured. Any overboard lines must be disconnected and removed, and any overboard opening must be sealed shut.