Originally Posted by TonyD
Can't dump relatively clean grey water on camping grounds on public lands but its ok for tent campers to poop in the woods?
You know what frustrates me about public lands, is all of the damn used toilet paper I find while hiking that are from backcountry campers that don't bury their waste. The environmentallyills need to focus on those folks and not people who empty their grey water tanks.
Do I dump my grey water? Yep. No food particles in mine since we don't do dishes and use paper plates. We usually use our grey water to clean the dirt/dust off of our ATVs. The residual soap/shampoo from bathing helps a bit.
Your premise is incorrect. It is not "OK" for tent campers to poop in the woods, in any established campground. That's what outhouses and "wilderness thrones" are for. Campers (or hikers) who need to use the woods in remote areas need to dig a hole and bury their waste several inches underground. We agree on that!
Gray water contains not only soap but food particles and oils. This and even the smell of it can attract bears, raccoons, other varmints, as well as flies, bees and other insects. That's why pretty much all established campgrounds prohibit dumping it on the grounds. Boondock camping rules vary by location but often permit it in remote locations.
"environmentallyills" - calling people names is conduct unbecoming.