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Visit NJBoating.org for more info on pumpouts, boat ramps and the CVA Program.
"The pumpout boat fleet plays a vital role in protecting the inter-coastal waters of Ocean County. Our bays and rivers are both environmental and recreational treasures which the County of Ocean is committed to enhance and protect."

Joseph H. Vicari - Freeholder

Ocean County adds the "Bay Defender" to the fleet to service the high demand in the northern Barnegat Bay!

if you come across waterborn debris or environmental hazards, please report it by calling the NJDEP toll-free 24-hour Hotline: 1-877-WARN DEP (877-927-6337).
Marine Trades Assoc. of New Jersey
Ocean County Pumpout Boat Program Overview PDF
Pumpout Boat Rack Card
Operational Report
Photo albums:
-Take a ride on the Bay Saver -Pumpout Boat
-10th Anniversary Ceremony
-Bay Sweeper Unveiling
Program Overview:

Since 1998, with the first pumpout boat in New Jersey, the “Circle of Life”, over 915,800 gallons of concentrated effluent waste have been removed from the holding tanks and portable toilets of boats that would otherwise have been directly discharged into the No-Discharge Zone intercoastal waters of Ocean County. This service is provided free of charge.

Ocean County is committed to working to preserve and improve the environmental health of its coastal waters and of the Barnegat Bay Estuary. It recognizes the direct connection between the environmental well-being of the intercoastal waterways and the quality of life and economic vitality of the region.

The pump-out boats supplement a large number of land-based units now in service in Ocean County waters. The boats have been highly successful in addressing the needs of non-marina-based boats, such as those moored in open waters or in lagoon developments.

The boats typically operate from Memorial Day through the end of September. The boats are in service Friday, Saturday and Sunday, although days and hours of operation vary by operator. Contact the pumpout boats in your service area for more information.

For more on the NJ Clean Vessel Act Program, all NJ pumpout boats, land-based pumpouts, ramps, and many more resources, visit the online interactive NJ Pumpout Guide at www.njboating.org. To confirm that a marina pumpout is operational, contact the marina or the Marine Trades Asociation of NJ.

The Ocean County Pump out Boat Program is the recipient of a number of awards:

Governor's Environmental Excellence Award!
Press Release
/ Program overview

SOBA Awards NJ Clean Vessel Act Program...
The States Organization for Boating Access (SOBA) awarded the DEP Clean Vessel Act Program its Program Excellence Award in recognition of the work it is doing to protect and enhance water quality along the coast (2010).
Read more....

 Ocean County's Pumpout Boat Fleet:
Circle of Life and Water Warrior
Serving Central Barnegat Bay
The first pumpout boat in NJ, the "Circle of Life", which is owned and operated by the Borough of Seaside Park, was purchased in 1998 and operates in central Barnegat Bay off of Island Beach State Park and the busy Tices Shoal area.

Captain Jerry Golembeski at the helm of the Circle of Life.
Because of the overwhelming demand and success of the pumpout boat program, the County added a second boat for the central Barnegat Bay area at the end of the 2008 boating season. The Water Warrior operates in the busy Silver Bay area.
Students at the Silver Bay Elementary School in Toms River Township participated in the boat-naming contest. Mrs. LeRiche’s 4th Grade class submitted the winning entry. Read more...

Pictured with the pupils are from right to left Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari, who serves as liaison to the Ocean County pumpout boat program, Silver Bay Elementary School Principal Joseph Pizza, 4th Grade Teacher Jacqueline LeRiche and Pumpout Boat Captain Jerry Golembeski.
Bay Saver and Bay Defender
Serving Central Barnegat Bay
In 2014, the "Bay Saver" was joined by the "Bay Defender" to service the high demand of the northern Barnegat Bay to the Manasquan River. They are both operated by the Township of Brick and berthed at Traders Cove Municipal Marina, right next to Mantoloking Bridge County Park.

Captain Harry Thorne on the Bay Saver

The "Bay Saver" was purchased by Ocean County in 2003 and is operated by the Township of Brick.

This pump out boat services the northern Barnegat Bay and tidal portions of the Metedeconk River.

Take a ride on the pumpout boat! (Click here)

Waste Watcher and Bay Sweeper
Serving Little Egg Harbor Bay area

Bay Sweeper 2010

The "Waste Watcher II" is owned by the County of Ocean and operated by the Tuckerton Seaport. It services the Little Egg Harbor Bay area from the bridge southwards to the Little Egg Harbor and Great Bay waters.

Captain George Ward aboard the Waste Watcher II at the Tuckerton Seaport

The Bay Sweeper is operated by the Tuckerton Seaport in addition to the Waste Watcher II, servicing the open public water of southern Barnegat Bay, Little Egg Harbor and Great Bay, where pumpout services have been in high demand.

As the County has done with most of its boats, local schoolchildren participated in a boat-naming contest to name the boat and learn about the importance of keeping the Barnegat Bay clean. The winning name was chosen by the fifth grade classes at the Tuckerton Elementary School.
Click here for more photos and event information (Bay Sweeper Unveiling)

How to Contact the Pump out Boats:

The pump out boats typically operate Memorial Day weekend through the end of September. The boats are generally in service Friday, Saturday and Sunday until Labor Day, although days and hours of operation vary by operator. Contact the pumpout boats in your service area for more information.

The boats can be contacted on the Marine VHF Radio Channel 9 by identifying the boat, its location and service requested. The boats may also be in operation on holidays and special events. There is no charge for the service.

The pump-out boats usually develop a routine schedule and sometimes pump-outs can be reserved in advance.

Central Barnegat Bay

  • Circle of Life: 732-250-7556
  • Water Warrior: 732-250-7555
  • Memorial Day to Labor Day:
    Friday - Monday, 9 am - 5 pm
  • Labor Day - October
    Sat - Sun, 9 am - 5 pm

Southern Barnegat Bay

  • Waste Watcher: 609-760-6042
  • Bay Sweeper: 267-250-0696
  • Tuckerton Seaport: 609-296-8868
  • Memorial Day to Labor Day:
    Friday - Sunday, 8 am - 2 pm
  • Labor Day - October
    Sat - Sun, 9 am - 2 pm

Northern Barnegat Bay

  • Bay Saver: 732-250-7556
  • Bay Defender: 732-250-7555
  • Brick Township Public Works:
  • Memorial Day to Labor Day:
    Friday - Monday, 9 am - 5 pm
  • Labor Day - October
    Sat - Sun, 9 am - 5 pm
Call on Marine VHF Radio
How to pump out your boat:
  1. Remove the cap from the boat's deck waste fitting.
  2. Insert pumpout hose nozzle into deck fitting.
  3. Turn pump on. If there is a hose valve, open it to start suction.
  4. When no waste is seen in "sight glass", close hose valve and remove nozzle from deck fitting.
  5. Put nozzle (with open valve) in bucket of water for 15 seconds to rinse hose.
  6. Rinse boat's tank with water and pump dry, if desired.
  7. Close valve and put away hose. Turn off pump and replace deck fitting cap.

*From NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife CVA website

Captains Harry Thorne and Mark Byrne work the pump on the Bay Saver

Of the seven pumpout boats currently operating in the State, the County provides the operational funds and administration for five vessels. The vessels were purchased by the County entirely with grants provided through the Clean Vessel Act Program with Federal and State funds, with the exception of the “Circle of Life,” which was purchased by Seaside Park with the assistance and support of the County. This funding ensures that the pump-out service is provided free of charge.

The County partners with other organizations, including the Ocean County Utilities Authority, which generously contributes half the operating costs annually. The County also participates on the NJ State Clean Vessel Act Advisory Committee and works with the NJ Department of Environmental Protection, the Barnegat Bay Estuary Program and other partners towards the goal of a healthy Bay.

New Jersey's Clean Vessel Act (CVA) Program:

Established in 1994, the New Jersey Clean Vessel Act (CVA) Program uses federal grants to fund 75 percent of the cost to install pump-out stations at marinas and public facilities along New Jersey's coastal waters. The remaining 25 percent is provided by the State of New Jersey through the "Shore to Please" license plate program. As a result of the CVA, there has been a tremendous increase in the number of pump-out stations available to area boaters over the last 10 years.

If a pump out is installed under the CVA Program, it must be available to the general boating public for no more than $5 per pump out, for at least 5 years. The program operates under the administration of the NJ DEP Division of Fish and Wildlife. For more information, please call (609) 748-2056.

No Discharge Zones:

In June 2003, Barnegat Bay and Little Egg Harbor Bay were designated federal No-Discharge Zones. While the release of untreated sewage is prohibited within three miles of the coast, it is illegal to discharge even treated effluent in No-Discharge Zones. In the Ocean County area, the Manasquan River, Barnegat Bay and Little Egg Harbor Bay have been designated No Discharging Zones by the US EPA.

Pump-out facilities provide the most effective means for emptying holding tanks and are critical in No-Discharge Zones. About seventy-five marinas in Ocean County now maintain land-base pump-out stations for this purpose. A majority of these were installed as a result of grants from the NJ Clean Vessel Act Program.

Photo credit: Ocean County Dept. of Public Affairs
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Victoria K. Pecchioli, PP, CLA, Principal Planner

Ocean County Department of Planning
129 Hooper Ave.
PO Box 2191
Toms River, NJ 08754-2191
(732) 929-2054
(732) 244-8396 FAX

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August 29, 2014