Ocean County Press Release
Six Boats Now Helping Keep Barnegat Bay Clean
OCEAN COUNTY'S award winning pumpout boat program will welcome its newest and sixth boat at 11 a.m., June 27, during an unveiling ceremony at the Mantoloking Bridge County Park in Brick Township.
Now in its 17th year, the Ocean County Pumpout Boat program has made certain more than 1 million gallons of waste water from pleasure boats using Barnegat Bay was disposed of properly.
"From the first boat, the Circle of Life operated by Seaside Park to the sixth appropriately named the Bay Defender, the program has been very successful in helping Ocean County's efforts to keep the bay waters clean and also to assist boaters who use the waterways," said Ocean County Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari, who is liaison to the program.
The new boat, which is operated by Brick Township, is a 23-foot boat with a 420 gallon holding tank.
Ocean County's pumpout boats are specially equipped vessels capable of emptying the on-board toilets and tanks of other boats, thus keeping waste from entering the bay.
The fleet of six boats covers different areas of the bay throughout Ocean County.
While the County provides the initial funding for the purchase of the new boat, the state Department of Environmental Protection through the Clean Vessel Act program fully reimburses the County for the purchase.
The costs to operate all the boats are split between Ocean County and the Ocean County Utilities Authority in order to allow the pumpout service to be provided free of charge to boaters.
"The success and strength of the program is built on the ongoing cooperation of the state, county and participating municipalities," Vicari said. "The program provides numerous environmental benefits as all the agencies involved work to preserve and protect Barnegat Bay."
The boats start operating Memorial Day Weekend and run through the end of September. They operate from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fridays through Mondays and can be accessed through VHF Channel Radio Channel 9 or through the host agencies.