Clean Vessel Act Grant Program
Education & Outreach
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!
THIS PROJECT ADVANCES THE FOLLOWING ESTUARY BLUEPRINT GOALS AND ACTIONS
Water Quality and Quantity
Champion the Estuary
FREE RESOURCES AVAILABLE
Request free Y-Valve and Deck Adapter Kits today so that everyone can participate in responsible, clean boating.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Keeping a functional pumpout network
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.
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.
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 2022 CA Pumpout Report.