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Ocean County's Free Pumpout Boat Fleet Expands

New boat based in Brick Township has made its debut

A pumpout boat, the Bay Saver, operating out of Brick Township. (Photo: Ocean County Planning Department)
A pumpout boat, the Bay Saver, operating out of Brick Township. (Photo: Ocean County Planning Department)
Ocean County's fleet of pumpout boats, which can be used by boaters free of charge on weekends all summer, has expanded.

Plans were announced earlier this year to purchase a sixth pumpout boat, and the county delivered in time for Memorial Day weekend. Then newest boat is being operated by Brick Township, officials said, and is named the Bay Defender. The 23 foot-long boat has a 420 gallon tank that collects wastewater from the heads of private vessles in an effort to ensure local waterways stay clean.

Ocean County will be reimbursed for the purchase of the new boat by the state Department of Environmental Protection through the Clean Vessel Act program. The costs to operate all the boats are split between the county and the Ocean County Utilities Authority, which allows the pumpout service to be free for boaters.

The Bay Defender will patrol the northern sector of the bay along with the Bay Saver. Two other boats operate in central Barnegat Bay and two boats patrol Little Egg Harbor.

The boats operate Memorial Day weekend through October each year, including major holidays like July 4th, and have steadily expanded their operations. Last year almost 129,000 gallons of wastewater was removed from recreational boats, county officials said. This year will be the 17th boating season that the county is running the pumpout program.

"We encourage all of our boaters who are out enjoying the bay and our rivers to use this free service and stop waste water pollutants from entering our waterways," said Freeholder Director Joseph Vicari, in a statement.

The pumpout boats can be accessed by contacting the captains on VHF Radio Channel 9, according to county officials.
Daniel Nee May 31, 2014 at 04:59 PM
Rock-n-Roll - The program has already been running for 17 years. This article simply refers to an additional boat being added. As far as participation, they collected 129,000 gallons of waste last season. I'd personally call that a success. The captains are part-time as the boats only run during the summer (and part of the fall) season.
Rock.n.Roll May 31, 2014 at 06:21 PM
Well, that certainly makes me feel good, i am all for it, but in the 17 years it has been running, I have been going out and fishing 3-4 times a week from Kettle Creek out through Manasquan and never saw some one doing that? I must be blind! But thanks for the info, it certainly is important in keeping our waterways clean!
Bookcop May 31, 2014 at 07:56 PM
Ocean county's pump out boats are here to pump the 💩 out of your boat!!! So don't dump your 💩 in the bay, pump your 💩 in any if our convenient 💩 carting boats. Look for the white boats with all the flies flying around it. 😃
Rock.n.Roll May 31, 2014 at 09:15 PM
Maybe there were so many flies, that is why I did not see the white pump out boat !! LOL !

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