App finds closest lake pump-out services

A free digital tool is available for recreational boaters on Lake Champlain and Lake George to help them locate the closest marina with pump-out services for the proper disposal of boat sewage.

Point Bay Marina. Photo by Lynn Monty.

The Pump-out Nav: Marina Pump-out Finder app is available for download from both the Android Play and iOS Apple stores. In addition to showing the locations of the marinas, it lists hours of operation, cost and exact location of the pump-out or portable toilet dump station at each marina. The app also allows the user to log pump-outs, create a list of favorite sewage disposal stations and report mechanical issues and non-functioning units.

Other features include instructions on how to use a pump-out station, access to the marinas’ websites and distance from the boater’s location on the lake to the nearest pump-out facility. Boaters also can learn about how and why to pump-out along with the rules and regulations of recreational boat sewage disposal.

The sewage pump-out locator app was developed by the San Francisco Estuary Partnership in collaboration with The Bay Foundation. Funding was provided by a Clean Vessel Act grant and administered by the California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways through the federal Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund.

Lake Champlain was the first body of water outside of California to be included in the app. Its inclusion was thanks to a partnership between University of Vermont Extension, the Lake Champlain Sea Grant Program, the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department and San Francisco Estuary Partnership.

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