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Pumpout Boat Program

Why  Pumpout?

Jamaica Bay, Sandy Hook Bay, Sheepshead Bay, and Raritan Bay all fall victim to pollution due to the large number of recreational boats using the waterways. With increased use of the water by recreational boaters, raw sewage pollution has become a serious problem. Discharging raw sewage into the water can causes algae blooms, which deplete the oxygen in the water causing fish to die.

To combat this harmful reality out on the water, NY/NJ Baykeeper offers the convenient and environmentally friendly pumpout program, helping to reduce the amount of raw sewage disposed in our watershed. Best of all, this pumpout service is completely free of charge to New Jersey Bayshore recreational boaters! t

Jamaica Bay and Sheepshead Bay Pumpout Boat

JB_Pump_Out_BoatOur Jamaica Bay Pumpout Boat is not operational for the 2018 season! Thank you for your patience!

Bayshore Pumpout Boat

DSC_0019In 2010, NY/NJ Baykeeper launched the Head Mistress to provide Sandy Hook Bay and Raritan Bay boaters with a convenient and sanitary way to empty their heads to prevent dumping directly into the water. Funding is provided by the the NJ Clean Vessel Act, IBoatNJ, NFWF, Keyport Township, Hazlet Township, the Borough of Atlantic Highlands, Matawan Borough, and Middletown Township. The project was made possible thanks to a loan from Keyport Yacht Club and InKind funding from John Olsen’s Marina in Keyport, New Jersey.

To request your FREE pumpout on the Bayshore, call 732-832-1499 or channel 9 (if our vessel is in sight) on the water or click here to request your FREE pumpout online. You do not have to be present for your boat to be serviced.

Royal Flush Pumpout Boat

Since 2015, NY/NJ Baykeeper has operated the Royal Flush, in partnership with Monmouth County Health Department. The Royal Flush provides pumpouts to recreational boaters in the Shrewsbury and Navesink Rivers.

To request your FREE pumpout on the Navesink or Shrewsbury Rivers, call 732-899-6142 or channel 9 (if our vessel is in sight) on the water. You do not have to be present for your boat to be serviced.

For more information about the Royal Flush, click here. 

  • Our pumpouts are free to recreational boaters, however your support is greatly appreciated to run the program! Click here to make a donation today.
  • Our pumpouts are not an emergency service. We advise not to wait to call us when you’re heads are full.
  • Boat captains should be present if it’s your first pumpout or if your vessel is longer than 30 feet.
  • If our boat operator does not pick up the phone, please leave one voicemail.


The successes of our Pumpout Boat Program are made possible by our funders:

City of Perth Amboy, New Jersey

County of Monmouth, New Jersey

State of New Jersey – Office of Shellfish Management

Township of Middletown, New Jersey

New York Department of Environmental Conservation

Clean Vessel Act

New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation