The P Word
Partners use funding from the Clean Vessel Act Program to help keep Puget Sound clean


Yes--we went there. Poop. Have you ever thought about where boaters might put their poop? In Puget Sound, conservation managers are trying to keep poop out of the water to preserve water quality for people, fish, wildlife, and industry. It's a tough--or should we say, crappy?--problem. 

Butt don't worry. We have an answer.

With funding from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Clean Vessel Act (CVA) program, Pierce County, the City of Gig Harbor, Washington State Parks and Recreation, industry and others are partnering to provide a free mobile pump-out service in South Puget Sound. On weekends during summer months (usually late May through September), boaters in South Puget Sound can take advantage of this free service. 

We put together a video, The P Word, that's about poop, preservation, partnerships, and mobile pump-outs. Take a look. We promise it won't stink.

What's your "P" Word?

Click here for the audio described version of The P Word.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Clean Vessel Act (CVA) program provides funding to state agencies for the construction, renovation, operation, and maintenance of pump-out stations and waste reception facilities to meet the needs of recreational boaters. State agencies partner with local governments, public marinas, and others to deliver this program to the recreational boating public. The Service's Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program administers the CVA program.

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Aquatic environment
Human impacts
Public access
Sport fishing

Recreational Activities