Clean Vessel Act Grant Program

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Houses on the water

Save the Waters You Love

Boaters of all kinds enjoy the waters of the San Francisco Bay-Delta Estuary, a unique spot for year-round recreational and commercial boating. These boaters can, however, impact the quality of the Estuary waters they enjoy. In particular, untreated sewage discharged from boats can cause localized effects on water quality and public health, especially in semi-enclosed marinas and harbors where minimal water flushing occurs. Sewage from houseboats and other live-aboard vessels is a particular concern in parts of the Estuary, specifically Richardson Bay, Alviso Slough, Redwood Creek and the Delta.

Under a Clean Vessel Act grant from the California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways, the Estuary Partnership manages a dynamic Education/Outreach and Monitoring program aimed at encouraging boaters to use pumpout and dump stations rather than discharging directly into the Estuary.

Meet our team below and see what’s new!

Natasha Dunn

Natasha Dunn

Environmental Planner

Liz Juvera

Liz Juvera

Environmental Planner

Diana Fu

Diana Fu

Environmental Planner

THIS PROJECT ADVANCES THE FOLLOWING ESTUARY BLUEPRINT GOALS AND ACTIONS

Goals
Water Quality and Quantity
Champion the Estuary

Actions
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Featured Content

Pumpout adapter kit

FREE RESOURCES AVAILABLE

This program helps to champion clean boating and reduce pumpout frustrations.

Request free Y-Valve and Deck Adapter Kits today so that everyone can participate in responsible, clean boating.

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 PUMPOUT NAV

Make managing boat sewage more convenient and trackable, right from your mobile device!

Find the closest operational sewage pumpout station for your boat, learn how to use the pumpout to empty your holding tank, report non-functional units, and more when you download Pumpout Nav for iOS or Android.

Pumpout unit.

GRANT OPPORTUNITIES

Marina managers: is your pumpout too expensive to maintain or replace?

 Grant money is available from the Division of Boating and Waterways through the CVA Operation & Maintenance or Installation Grants. 

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DOCKSIDE PODCAST

Produced by SFEP, Division of Boating and Waterways, and CA State Parks!

 Dockside is an educational podcast that shares clean and safe boating practices to save the waters that boaters love.

BOAT SHOWS & YACHT CLUB PRESENTATIONS

Come meet us in person twice a year at the Pacific Sail & Power Boat and the Sacramento Boat Shows! We’ll have good information to share. Or invite us to give a presentation on clean boating practices at your club by emailing at cva@bayareametro.gov.

DOCKSIDE PODCAST

Dockside is an educational podcast that shares clean and safe boating practices. It is produced by SFEP, Division of Boating & Waterways, and CA State Parks, and has 800+ downloads to date! Listen to Dockside on Apple, Spotify, iHeartRadio, Amazon Music, and Podbean. 

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Y-VALVE DIRECTION

Properly disposing of boat sewage helps improve water quality and maintains the marine environment that we all enjoy! Watch this video to learn how to properly secure your Y-valve to prevent an accidental discharge.

CHANGING TIDE NEWSLETTER

The Changing Tide newsletter is the quarterly publication of the California Clean Boating Network (CCBN).  The newsletter is dedicated to promoting clean boating practices in California by focusing on new trends in clean boating practices and environmental services for boaters. 

Vivian Matuk presenting a clean boating seminar for the CVA program

Our ongoing mission

Education & Outreach

For more than two decades, the San Francisco Estuary Partnership has been working in the 11 counties of the San Francisco Bay and Sacramento Delta to promote clean boating and environmental stewardship to boaters and marinas, in partnership with the California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW), The Bay Foundation, the Coast Guard Auxiliary, and a vast array of other partners.

Our multifaceted educational campaign is focused on in-person boater education, regional capacity building, and pumpout network enhancement. The combination of boater and marina education and capacity building serves to address the complex nature of sewage discharge by providing boaters with the information they need to make correct decisions and provide marinas with the tools they need to work with boaters to proactively prevent sewage discharge.

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Keeping a functional pumpout network

Monitoring

For over 10 years we have regularly monitored the roughly 80 publicly accessible pumpouts in the Bay and Delta for their use and condition. We notify marinas of broken or malfunctioning units and work to make sure units have proper signage. This fruitful collaboration has maintained a highly functioning pumpout network, with roughly 90% of pumpout stations consistently operational.

New nozzle tips, ball valves and other small parts are given to marina operators with damaged equipment. This helps ensure that the boaters using the pumpout network are not deterred by collapsing nozzle tips that commonly impede flow.

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PUMPOUT MAINTENANCE

Keep your marina’s pumpout in top condition with the help of the Pumpout System Maintenance Guide video series produced by the Oregon Sea Grant team. 

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CA PUMPOUT REPORT

SFEP has worked with the California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways and The Bay Foundation in southern California to write the 2020 CA Pumpout Report. 

2020 CA Pumpout Report

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SEWAGE DISPOSAL REPORT

With over 4 million recreational boaters in California, how boaters dispose of sewage is a crucial question to consider when building outreach and education initiatives to prevent sewage from entering our waterways. 

2022 Boater Sewage Disposal Survey Report