Keeping our waterways clean starts with you! Keep human waste out of Oregon's waters.
Sewage contains bacteria, viruses, and microorganisms that can cause illness in humans and harm wildlife. *Sewage can also impact water quality by contributing nutrients like nitrogen. In addition to other factors, excess levels of these nutrients can lead to increased growth of algae or harmful blooms. Large amounts of algae could reduce levels of available oxygen in the water and impact the health of aquatic animals.
Properly disposing of sewage not only supports water quality, but it is also the **law. It is illegal to dump untreated sewage within 3 miles of the coast. It is illegal to discharge ANY sewage (raw or treated) from Type I, II, or III Marine Sanitation Devices into freshwater lakes, reservoirs, or enclosed bodies of water.
Follow these guidelines when boating:
Take the pledge and become a Clean Boater! Collectively, the individual actions of proper waste disposal can make a difference. Help other boaters understand ways to control boat sewage. Share information on pumpout stations, portable toilet dump stations, and floating restroom locations with others.