Boat sewage can be a source of nonpoint pollution, degrading the water quality of our shores. Boat sewage can not only cause algae blooms, fish kills, and degradation of shellfish beds, but can also be harmful to human health. Many coastal areas have been designated as No Discharge Zones, preventing the dumping of treated and untreated sewage, and it is illegal to dump untreated sewage within 3 miles of any shoreline. In order to help protect our water quality, please use pumpout facilities. Unfortunately, as of the first of June, half of our pumpout facilities were closed due to Superstorm Sandy damage and repairs are underway. To see which pumpout facilities are open, please go here. Whether pumpout facilities charge or not for their services depends on the facility.
NY/NJ Baykeeper's Bayshore Pumpout Boat, the Head Mistress
Click here for a useful boaters guide from NJSeagrant.
Please help your waterway. If you observe any unusual conditions such as large numbers of floating dead fish, oil or chemical spills, or any waste being dumped in coastal waters, contact the appropriate agency immediately. See here for who to contact and let us know at
For more information about pumpout locations and to contact someone about a closed pumpout please call:
Michael Danko, Sea Grant Consortium
NJ Marine Trades Association