In 1992, Congress passed the Clean Vessel Act to help reduce pollution from vessel sewage discharges into U.S. waters. The grant program established by the Act funds the construction, renovation, operation and maintenance of pumpout and dump stations for use by recreational boaters. As part of its commitment to provide clean, safe and enjoyable recreational boating in California, the Department of Boating and Waterways (DBW) serves as the grant coordinator for the state. The Clean Vessel Program also provides boater education programs to promote public awareness about boat sewage and its proper disposal.
Recreational boaters can look for the following universal symbol, which directs boaters to public pumpout stations:
Always use pumpout stations; inform other boaters of the need to use them.