Pump Out Stations
New York Harbor is at its cleanest level in 100 years. To maintain this degree of water quality, most of New York’s marine and inland waters are designated as No Discharge Areas (NDAs). It is illegal for boaters to discharge sewage within these waters. The illegal disposal of sewage elevates pollutant levels in New York’s waterways and threatens vital aquatic habitats.
Instead, boaters must use one of 12 New York City pump out stations to dispose of their waste. Nearly all stations are free, making proper disposal of sewage especially convenient. Pumping stations are open most days during boating season, which typically runs from April to November.
For more information about how to properly dispose of boat waste, please view the following materials: