Keeping waterways clean starts with you. Boaters play an important role in protecting Puget Sound.
Puget Sound is a No Discharge Zone, where sewage from vessels cannot go into the water.
Three ways to not discharge:
- Use a pumpout to empty your vessel sewage tank.
- Use dump stations to empty your portable toilet.
- Use an onshore restroom.
Given the number of recreational boats on Puget Sound, even a small amount of sewage from a fraction of boats can be harmful. Raw or partially-treated boat sewage is highly concentrated and contains pathogens that can contaminate shellfish beds and pose a risk to public health and the environment.
Become a Pump Out, Don’t Dump Out campaign partner and help spread the message.
Be an example for others. Show how you are doing your part to keep Puget Sound clean with a picture of actions you are taking.
- Snap a photo of yourself pumping out and post it to social media by tagging @EcologyWA with the hashtags #PumpoutWA and #PugetSoundNoDischargeZone.
- Don't use social media? No problem, email your pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Follow us and join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.
Does your boating facility need resources like No Discharge Zone signs, social media posts, or outreach ideas? We are happy to help!
We invite you to use our free resources to customize the campaign for your boating community. Help spread the message.
Dye tab pilot program
We plan to launch a new pilot program together with the Clean Marina and the EnviroStars Certification Programs in fall 2021. This pilot will be a voluntary education and outreach program that will encourage marina managers and vessel owners to use dye tabs to identify vessel sewage system leaks. Ecology will provide complementary dye tabs and instructions.