The federal Clean Vessel Act provides funds to help reduce pollution from vessel sewage discharges into U.S. waters. These funds come from taxes on the sales of fishing equipment and on recreational boating fuel. Washington State Parks makes grants to both public and private sector boating facility operators for the construction, renovation, operation, and maintenance of pump-out and dump stations for use by recreational boaters. The program also provides boater education to promote public awareness about boat sewage and its proper disposal.
In 2013, Washington boaters prevented 5,699,962 gallons of sewage from contaminating Washington's waters by using Clean Vessel Act pump-out facilities.
A clean marine environment is very important for everyone to enjoy the beautiful bodies of water throughout Washington. Boaters can help keep Washington's waterways clean. Washington offers more than 150 disposal facilities with a variety of stationary and portable pump-outs that provide a convenient way to properly dispose of boat sewage. For additional convenience, on-the-water restrooms and pump-out skiffs that can service boats right in their slips are also available.