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RI Department of Environmental Management
DEM OFFERS FREE WATERPROOF MAP OF BOAT PUMPOUT STATIONS
PROVIDENCE - Boaters in Rhode Island now have available to them free waterproof maps of the more than 50 boat sewage pumpout stations located throughout Narragansett Bay, the South Shore and Block Island.
The maps were designed and produced by the Department of Environmental Management, and printed by the Environmental Protection Agency. They include information about each facility, such as name, location by longitude and latitude, telephone number and VHF channel, cost, water depth at the site, and hours of operation.
"Narragansett Bay is the state's centerpiece, and Rhode Islanders are committed to keeping it clean and healthy. With sewage discharge banned in all of Rhode Island waters, it is important that boaters have easy access to pumpout facilities and know where to find them," said Jan Reitsma, Director of DEM. There are an estimated 54,000 boats that are used in Rhode Island waters each year, including 35,000 registered in Rhode Island.
In 1998, Rhode Island became the first state in the nation to ban boat-based sewage discharges in all state waters, including all of Narragansett Bay and all coastal waters within three miles of the Rhode Island shoreline. In accordance with the "No-Discharge" designation, boats with toilets are required to use a holding tank or to secure the toilet to prevent discharge when operating in any of the state's coastal waters. The waste in the tank may be emptied at any of the more than 50 pumpout stations - shoreside facilities as well as pumpout boats - that are available throughout the state.
The waterproof maps are available at marinas throughout the state, at the boating registration office at DEM Headquarters, 235 Promenade Street in Providence, or by calling DEM's Office of Water Resources at 222-3961. The map and information about each pumpout location are also available by clicking on DEM's website at www.dem.state.ri.us/maps/mapfile/pumpmap.pdf.