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Episode 7 – Find a Pumpout

Today on Marine Science Minute with Florida Sea Grant: Find a Sewage Pumpout!

A pumpout is used by boaters to properly dispose of sewage which helps keep our waterways clean and safe for people and wildlife.

The Pumpout Nav app makes it easy for boaters to find publicly available sewage pumpouts, mobile pumpout vessels, and port-a-potty dump stations. The Pumpout Nav app includes the exact location of the unit, the hours it’s open, and how much it costs. Pumpout Nav is color coded, so boaters know which units are broken and which ones work. Additionally, boaters can ‘report a problem’ with a pumpout directly through the app.

You can download Pumpout Nav app today in the App Store or on Google Play. For information about this and other coastal topics, contact your county extension office or visit Florida Sea Grant at flseagrant.org.

Episode 4 – Vessel Discharge Laws

Today on Marine Science Minute with Florida Sea Grant: Vessel discharge laws!

If you’re out on the high seas, it’s important to know where you can and can’t dump your boat’s waste.

If your waste hasn’t been treated by a Coast Guard approved Type I or II Marine Sanitation Device, or MSD, you can’t dump it into state waters that extend three nautical miles off the Atlantic coast and nine nautical miles off the Gulf of Mexico coast.

If your waste has been treated through a Type I or II MSD, you still can’t dump it in any No Discharge Zone, freshwater lakes too shallow for vessels with installed toilets, or any river not navigable by interstate vessel traffic.

Here’s what you can do: download Pumpout Nav on Google Play or in the App Store to find a public pumpout station near you.

For more information about this and other coastal topics, contact your county extension office or visit Florida Sea Grant at flseagrant.org.