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New York State Pumpout Facilities

Boaters are aware of and concerned about pollution threats facing our coastal and inland waters. While not a major source of pollution, recreational boaters can contribute to the problem, especially in enclosed shallow bays where boats tend to congregate.

The primary goal of the Clean Vessel Act (CVA) is to reduce the overboard sewage discharge from recreational boats. The CVA, which is funded through the Sport Fish Restoration Program, provides funds for the construction, renovation, operation, and maintenance of pumpout stations. Funds are also used to develop education and information programs to encourage boaters to use these facilities.

Information on pumpout facilities and grant opportunities may be found at the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC) website. Pumpout listings are provided for informational purposes only. DEC and EFC do not endorse any of the facilities or services listed.

If there are any errors or omissions, please contact New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12207 at CVAP@nysefc.org

No Discharge Zone Requested for St Lawrence River and Lake Erie

DEC, in collaboration with EFC and the Department of State (DOS), has submitted petitions to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to designate New York's portion of Lake Erie and the St. Lawrence River as a "Vessel Waste No Discharge Zone." This designation means that boaters and shippers are not allowed to discharge their on-board sewage into the water. Boaters must instead dispose of their sewage at pump-out stations that are available for recreational boater use.