Overview of Pollutant Disposal Laws
It is illegal to discharge waste, oil or trash into any state or federally controlled waters. This is for very good reasons:
- Sewage carries disease and other pollutants that are harmful to people, aquatic plants, and animals.
- Trash thrown into the water can injure swimmers and wildlife alike. It also can plug engine cooling water intakes.
- Pollution is unsightly and takes away from your enjoyment of the water.
Vessel operators need to be aware of the following regulations for waste, oil, and trash disposal that apply to both federally controlled and state waters.
- The Refuse Act prohibits throwing, discharging or depositing any refuse matter of any kind (including trash, garbage, oil, and other liquid pollutants) into the waters of the United States.
- Utah law states that you may not discard or discharge, nor as the operator may you allow others on board to discard or discharge, any litter, human body waste, or other liquid or solid materials into the water or shorelines that cause the waters or shorelines to be unsightly, noxious, unwholesome or detrimental to the public health or the enjoyment of the waters or shorelines. Any person who violates this law is guilty of a Class B misdemeanor.