Cry of the Water
Ocean Sewage Outfalls

Florida Legislature to End Ocean Sewage Dumping

On April 30 2008, the Florida Legislature passed a bill to end dumping of partially treated sewage onto the reefs of Southeast Florida.  Wastewater must meet the higher standard of Advanced Wastewater Treatment (AWT) by 2018 and achieve at least 60% reuse of the wastewater by 2025. New or expanded ocean outfalls will not be allowed and use of the pipes will be prohibited after the 2025 date.  The six- ocean outfall pipes in Palm Beach, Miami-Dade and Broward County discharge over 300 million gallons of sewer near the coral reefs of Southeast Florida with Broward County pipes discharging onto the third reef. The House of Representatives and the Senate unanimously passed the Wastewater Disposal BIll (HR 7139)  and (1302). 

Delray Beach First to Shut off Sewage Outfall Flow

Delray sewage outfall  was shut off on March 31, 2009.  Cry of the Water joined Palm Beach County Reef Rescue aboard the dive boat Starfish to view the flow from the pipe stop to a trickle.

                                       

    

                            Watch NBC6 Coverage of Delray Outfall Closure                    


Cry of the Water along with Reef Rescue and numerous environmental groups have worked for over 10 years to end the discharge of inadequately treated sewage onto our reefs.  Florida Governor Charlie Crist signed the outfall legislation at the International Coral Reef Symposium in Ft. Lauderdale on July 7, 2008.


























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