GARDEN CITY, N.Y. (AP) _ New York and federal environmental officials are banning boaters from discharging sewage into Long Island Sound.

The ban has been in force on the Connecticut side of the Sound since 2007. An additional 760-square-mile area of the waterway will be protected by the ban in New York beginning Thursday.

Boaters must now dispose of their sewage at specially-designated pump-out stations. The EPA says sewage from boats can contain harmful levels of pathogens and chemicals.

The expanded zone includes New York harbors, bays and navigable tributaries of the Sound and part of the East River in New York City from the Hell Gate Bridge stretching east to Block Island.

An estimated 4 million people live along 600 miles of Long Island Sound coastline in both states.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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