Connecticut Safe Boating Study Guide


GARBAGE DISPOSAL

The U.S. Coast Guard prohibits dumping of plastic or garbage mixed with plastic in any waters.

DISTANCE FROM SHORE:

IT IS ILLEGAL TO DUMP:

Inside three miles and in U.S. lakes, rivers, bays and sounds and anywhere on the Great Lakes, no matter how far from shore

Plastic, dunnage, lining, and packing materials that float, and any garbage except dishwater/ gray water/ fresh fish parts

3 to 12 miles

Plastic, dunnage, lining, and packing materials that float, and any garbage not ground to less than one square inch

12 to 25 miles

Plastic, dunnage, lining, and packing materials that float

Outside 25 miles

Plastic

Note: Dunnage refers to packing materials such as foam or pellets.

S.O.S. Placard

 

Additionally, vessels greater than 26 feet in length and operating in federal waters must display a 4x8-inch SOS (Save our Seas) placard in a conspicuous place that outlines waste disposal regulations. Placards can be purchased from most boat dealers and marinas.