Connecticut's Clean Vessel Act Program

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Boaters and boating facility operators...

This webpage will help you find a pumpout facility near you, and explain why it is important for boaters to install or upgrade their marine sewage holding tank systems to be in compliance with the existing laws governing marine sanitation devices (MSD's).  You will find valuable information on how to choose a system, the different sewage system designs and system components available, plus helpful tips for their installation and maintenance. You will also find information about the Federal Clean Vessel Act (CVA) Grant Program, which provides federally funded matching grants for qualifying projects that provide boat sewage disposal facilities.  The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Boating Division administers the CVA Grant Program in Connecticut, and through these CVA Grants can provide up to 75% of the funding of an approved project.

Everyone Enjoys Long Island Sound

Long Island Sound is Connecticut’s most valuable natural resource. In addition to its contribution to our quality of life, the Sound creates considerable economic value. This value is derived principally through fishing, shellfishing, boating and other commercial and recreational activities. We would all agree that Long Island Sound is a boaters paradise. Tens of thousands of boats navigate the Sound during the average summer, enjoying all that the Sound has to offer.

As we fish, swim, boat, sail, ski, or relax on our boats, we rely on having clean water. In fact, in a recent survey, more than 95% of boaters interviewed said they were concerned about the marine environment. Clean water makes all of our recreational activities more enjoyable, so let’s all join in to help clean up the Sound.

Everyone is responsible for ensuring that Long Island Sound is a safe and healthy environment for all to enjoy

Water quality in Long Island Sound must be protected. No one wants to swim where they know there is raw sewage from boats. No one wants to eat raw shellfish that could be contaminated. We all hear a lot about pollution in our water, but what can we, as individuals, do about that pollution? Properly managing sewage on our boats is something every boater can do right now to help improve local water quality.

The information about facilities contained in this website, including dates and times of operation, has been provided by the listed facilities, and is current as of the date of publication listed below.  You may wish to confirm this information by calling the facility.  Please contact Kate Hughes Brown of the Boating Division by telephone at 860-447-4340 or by e-mail at if you have any questions or if you find that the information is inaccurate.

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Content Last Updated on December 23, 2019.