Originally Posted by John Hilley
"Federal Register: February 2, 2004 (Volume 69, Number 21)
Final Supplementary Rules on Public Lands Within All Arizona and California Long-Term Visitor Areas
I have been gritting my teeth over this since it was posted. See what I made red & underlined? Read it again.
This does not
say that it is illegal to dump grey water out in dispersed camping areas, only in LTVA's. Those of you who believe what a lot of people keep repeating are wrong. The language is English! You can't make something true just by repeating it over & over again. The BLM rules for most dispersed
camping allows dumping of grey water. It is even legal to dig a pit toilet and bury your sewage under 8" of dirt, but nobody does so because that would
Letting about 30 gallons of waste water per week go into a lizard's hole under a bush in the desert is not a bad thing. It does not
smell and the teeny bit of food particles that we cannot screen out end up turning into fertilizer. If you are going to start debating biodegradable soaps, then I suggest you read up on how many organic gardeners discourage pests (spraying with soap solution) and you might want to study the labels on the soaps we can buy today. The bad stuff is pretty much gone. Even the cheap stuff we buy at WalMart say "biodegradable, contains no phosphates". Then I could tell you about one LTVA where the rangers allow grey water hoses to be left out, but I don't want anybody going nuts on them. It does not hurt a thing. A septic drain field just puts the waste water into a shallow trench in the ground. Same thing.