State sets record for boat pumpouts

March 26, 2017 GMT

HARTFORD — The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection says the 2016 boating season set a record for removing more than 1.3 million gallons in marine sewage from boats on Long Island Sound and Candlewood Lake.

“With the support of Connecticut boaters and pumpout facility operators, we have once again exceeded our previous volume of waste removal, and increased by eight percent the amount of recreational boat waste removed,” said DEEP Commissioner Robert Klee. “The goal is to keep building on this successful program to keep our waters clean and healthy, and to continue to provide excellent water-based recreational opportunities in Connecticut.”

For the 2017 boating season, 47 marine facilities will receive $1.2 million in funding under the DEEP’s annual Federal Clean Vessel Act program to improve water quality in navigable waterways within Connecticut. The program provides federally funded matching grants for qualifying projects that provide boat sewage disposal facilities, more commonly known as pumpouts.

Nine of the 47 grant recipients will receive funding for the construction of new or replacement pumpouts. The remaining projects fund operation and maintenance of land based pumpouts and mobile pumpout boats.