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Ocean County Pumpout Boat Program
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Through the 2017 season, Ocean County Pumpout boats removed about 1.6 million gallons of effluent from over 77,000 vessels.

"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

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).
Program Overview:

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....

Since 1998, with the first pumpout boat in New Jersey, the “Circle of Life”, over 1.4 milloin 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.
How to Contact the Pump out Boats:

Meet the Captains of the Pumpout Boats

Meet the Captains of the 2016 Pumpout Boat Fleet L-R: Freeholder Vicari, George Ward, Steve Holiday, Bob Cardwell,
Val Varga, John Lippincott, Dick Gouldey, Harry Thorne
Photo credit: Ocean County Office of Public Info
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.

Call on Marine VHF Radio

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.

Northern Barnegat Bay

  • Bay Saver: 732-779-5876
  • Bay Defender: 732-644-4124

  • Brick Township Public Works: 732-262-1085

Memorial Day to Labor Day:
Friday - Monday, 9 am - 5 pm

Labor Day - October, depending on conditions.
Sat - Sun, 9 am - 5 pm

Central Barnegat Bay

  • Pollution Solution: 732-228-3806
  • Water Warrior: 732-228-3805
  • Circle of Life*: 732-966-5167
*Limited schedule,operates during peak season

Memorial Day to Labor Day:
Friday - Monday, 9 am - 5 pm

Labor Day - October, depending on conditions.
Sat - Sun, 9 am - 5 pm

Southern Barnegat Bay

  • Waste Watcher / Bay Sweeper: 609-385-3205

  • Tuckerton Seaport: 609-296-8868

Memorial Day to Labor Day:
Friday - Sunday, 8 am - 2 pm

Labor Day - October, depending on conditions.
Sat - Sun, 9 am - 2 pm

How to pump out your boat:
upCaptains Harry Thorne and Mark Byrne work the pump on the Bay Saver
  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


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:
Looking out over the BayPhoto credit: Ocean County Dept. of Public Affairs

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.

For more information:

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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May 23, 2018

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