“Outfall Discharge” is the polite term for dumping of partially treated fecal sewer wastewater into the Atlantic Ocean. The practice began in the 1940s, and was accepted as routine in the 1970s. About 500 million gallons PER DAY are authorized for discharge from six wastewater treatment plant pipes on the east coast of Florida. The pipes run about 1 – 3 miles out into the Atlantic. LINK
The good news: only 189 million gallons per day are currently dumped.
Also: Florida passed a law to stop the practice by 2025.
“Chapter 2008-232, Laws of Florida, prohibits construction of new ocean outfalls and requires that all six ocean outfalls in Florida cease discharging wastewater by December 31, 2025. In addition, wastewater facilities that discharged wastewater through an ocean outfall on July 1, 2008, are required to install a reuse system no later than December 31, 2025. The reuse systems must be capable of providing a minimum of 60 percent of the wastewater facilities’ actual annual flow for beneficial reuse. The actual annual flow is calculated using the annual average flow through a wastewater facility’s ocean outfall from 2003 through 2007.3” LINK