- Jan. 29, 2018
-- No one wants to fish, swim or boat in polluted water. The health and value of the
New York's inland and coastal waters are constantly threatened by pollution from industry, agriculture, and urbanization. Sewage discharges from vessels can degrade water quality, adversely affect public health and wildlife, and close swimming beaches. Much of New York's waters are designated as no discharge zones, where the discharge of treated or untreated boat sewage is prohibited.
Using pumpout stations is an easy way to protect New York's environment and natural resources. A pumpout safely removes sewage from a ships holding tank, preventing contamination of our local waters and aquatic life.
Going Coastal, a grassroots nonprofit, has created an online map showing the exact locations of the pumpout facilities on New York waters. Since 2004, Going Coastal's successful pumpout awareness raising campaigns, from New York Harbor and Long Island to the Hudson River and Erie Canal, has informed over 100,000 boaters about accessible, free pumpouts in New York's waters. The online map is available on the website www.goingcoastal.org.
To help keep our waters clean, the Clean Vessel Act Program (CVA), passed by Congress in 1992, provides funds for construction and operation of sewage pumpout stations and dump stations for recreational boats, as well as for information and education programs that encourage boaters to use pumpouts. This online pumpout map project was funded through a Clean Vessel Act grant provided by the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation.
Going Coastal, Inc. raises awareness of the coast's immense value, promotes access and fosters stewardship through outreach and education programs, regional pumpout maps, clean marina initiatives, kayak maps, fishing line recycling, maritime cultural heritage surveys, earthcaching trails, and book publishing. Our EPA Quality Award-winning waterfront access guide "Going Coastal NYC" provides the full panorama of our urban coast. Find all of these resources on the website: http://www.goingcoastal.org
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