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NY/NJ Baykeeper fights for access to fishable, swimmable, clean waterways across the NY-NJ Harbor Estuary.
NY/NJ Baykeeper continues to be at the forefront of many environmental advocacy and legal campaigns.
The NY-NJ Harbor Estuary, also known as the Hudson-Raritan Estuary, is a system of waterways and habitats that form one of the most intricate natural harbors in the world. Since 1989, NY/NJ Baykeeper has worked to protect, preserve and restore the environment of the most urban estuary on Earth.
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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, Baykeeper offers the convenient and environmentally-friendly pumpout program to help reduce the amount of raw sewage disposed of in our watershed. Best of all, this pumpout service is completely free of charge to boaters in Jamaica Bay and on the New Jersey Bayshore!
In 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.
Please note: The Head Mistress Pumpout Boat operates every Sunday and one weekday per week. Please check this page often for weekly schedule updates.
To request your FREE pumpout in the Bayshore call/text 848-231-2202 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.
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 848-231-2202 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
Please note: The Jamaica Bay and Sheepshead Bay Pumpout Boat are not in service at this time. Please check back for updates.
Since 2004, NY/NJ Baykeeper’s Pumpout program has been offering free pumpouts to recreational boaters in Jamaica Bay, Sheepshead Bay, and Gravesend Bay in hopes of preventing pollution and improving water quality in Jamaica Bay. Funding is provided by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and a Supplemental Environmental Project from NYSDEC, with InKind support provided by Gateway Marina and US Park Police. The Jamaica Bay Pumpout Boat operates approximately 2 days a week.
To schedule your FREE pumpout, call 848-231-2202 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.
The Jamaica Bay Pumpout Boat is free to recreational boaters, however your support is greatly appreciated to run the program! Click here to make a donation today.
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