Boat Waste Collection Facilities
|Keeping Our Waterways Clean is Up to You!|
Keeping our waterways clean starts with you! Keep human waste out of Oregon's waters.
Look for the pumpout sign
Sewage contains pathogens (bacteria, viruses, etc.) which can cause illness in humans and wildlife. According to the U.S. EPA, the amount of bacterial pollution (fecal coliforms) from one weekend boater’s discharge of untreated sewage is equal to the amount from the treated sewage of 10,000 people during the same time period! Even treated sewage (from Type I and Type II marine sanitation devices) contains nutrients that can lead to harmful algal blooms.
Follow these guidelines when boating:
- Encourage everyone to use the shoreside facilities before casting off.
- Use pumpout facilites for holding tanks and empty portable toilets at dump stations or at home. It is illegal to dump any untreated sewage anywhere within 3 miles of the coast. It is illegal to discharge ANY sewage (from Type I, II, or III MSDs) into lakes, reservoirs or impoundments.
- When going boating for three or more hours, know where there are onshore or floating restrooms (see link below).
- Keep fats, solvents, oil, emulsifiers, paints, poisons, phosphates, disposable diapers and sanitary napkins out of your holding tank or portable toilet. These items can damage the sewage disposal equipment and increase the cost of disposal.
Take the pledge and become a Clean Boater! Help other boaters understand ways to control boat sewage and pass pumpout/dump station location information on. If your marina doesn't have a pumpout or a dump station, encourage the marina manager to install one. The Marine Board provides grants for the installation of vessel waste disposal systems through Clean Vessel Act (CVA) funds, which come exclusively from fees paid by owners of registered boats. CVA funds comprise three-fourths of the entire cost of most facilities, come from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Trust Fund) and are available through a grant program authorized by Congress and signed into law by George H. W. Bush in 1992 to: “provide funds to States for the construction, renovation, operation, and maintenance of pumpout stations and waste reception facilities.” Ultimately, the primary intent of this Act is to reduce or eliminate environmental impacts of recreational boaters. By law, these funds cannot be used for any other purpose.
Marine Sanitation Brochure
1996 MOU between DEQ and the OSMB
If you have questions or comments about the performance of Vessel Waste Disposal Systems, please contact the at the Oregon State Marine Board at (503) 378-2628. We have information sheets available describing the location in more detail, in addition to information on how to contact the owner/operator of each pumpout/dump station facility. Your comments are important to us so that we can keep these marine waste facilities open for use. Thank you.
|Statewide Locations of Pumpouts/Dump Stations|
NEW! Interactive Map
This interactive Google map is under construction and may change from day-to-day. You have the ability to type in search criteria to limit the number of locations. In the top left hand corner of this map you will find a search icon.
Click on this icon and a drop down content box will appear. Type in your search term and press enter. (Example: If you would like to search by waterbody, type in what waterbody you are looking for and hit enter).
|Floating Restroom FAQ's|
|A great sight to see when a boater's in need... |
Floating restrooms aren’t just convenient and popular with boaters, they are also cost effective. Building a permanent, shore-side restroom can cost many times more than a floating restroom due to the time and expense of getting the permits, buying the land and simply finding an ideal place for one. Floating restrooms are portable and sanitary. Most are constructed with two separate compartments with flushable toilets and have hand-washing stations. Placing a floating restroom on a remote arm of a large reservoir helps disperse boating use across the reservoir and enables people to spend more time recreating. Floating restrooms are a creative solution that serves boaters and waterway managers equally well.
The current floating restroom design was developed in 1996 by the Marine Board in conjunction with a naval architect. Floating restrooms are basically aluminum barges with an aluminum superstructure that house two toilet compartments and a mechanical room.
- Approximately 95% of the materials used in floating restroom construction is aluminum or stainless steel, and can be recycled.
- The first floating restroom was installed on Howard Prairie Reservoir during the 1987 biennium and the second, installed on Detroit Lake during the 1989-1991 biennium. Both floating restrooms were paid by state boater funds.
- The first floating restroom funded through the Clean Vessel Act was placed on Fern Ridge Reservoir in 1993, followed by the Port of Garibaldi onTillamook Bay.
- Floating restroom structures have a 30 year lifespan. They are equipped with sky lights and low power white lighting for navigation, fueled by solar panels.
- Floating restrooms are also designed to withstand up to a 5' wake or wave and are very stable platforms.
- Floating restrooms are towed to a waterbody location and anchored with a special mechanism.
- Floating restrooms also have volume gauges so when they become full, can be easily towed and pumped out from an on-shore pump truck.
- Floating restroom units have 2' x 6' bump rails along both sides of the barge where bumper material is attached. These provide protection for boats moored to the floating restroom.
- Floating restrooms are primarily paid for through federal Clean Vessel Act funds (up to 75% of the cost) and tax dollars are not used to purchase or install these facilities.