Boat sewage can contain bacteria and viruses, nutrients, and chemicals that can be harmful to water quality and public health. No Discharge Zones, or NDZs, are designated bodies of water where the discharge of all boat sewage, whether treated or not, is prohibited. In 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved the state’s designation of all of Massachusetts waters as an NDZ—capping 22 years of extensive work by the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) and coastal communities and their partners to ensure the necessary waste pumpout facilities are available for boaters to use.
This website includes information on:
- Benefits of NDZs
- Requirements for Boaters in NDZs
- Boat Pumpout Information
- Massachusetts Pumpout Facilities
- Interactive Map of Massachusetts Pumpout Locations for Recreational Boats (created with GoogleTM Maps)
- Interactive Map of Massachusetts Pumpout Locations for Commercial Vessels (created with GoogleTM Maps)
- South Shore Vessel Pumpout Evaluation and Outreach Plan
- Upper North Shore Regional Boat Waste Pumpout Plan
- Designating an NDZ
- Enforcement in NDZs
- History of NDZs in Massachusetts
For additional information on the statewide NDZ designation for Massachusetts, see the . For information on clean boating, see:
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