The Department has continuously worked on establishing & maintaining various pumpout facilites in Town since the early 1990's, and has been at the forefront of making proposals and applying for various grant monies since 1993. We worked hand-in-hand with the State in design proposals and establishing criteria for funding pumpout facilities. In 1994 we were awarded almost $75,000 through the Federal Clean Vessel Act, the highest award made in Massachusetts. This money was used to purchase two pumpout boats and engineer new shoreside facilities at Kingman Marine (now Kingman Yacht Center) & Parker's Boat Yard. The boats were delivered in early 1995, being the first in Massachusetts, and have removed tens of thousands of gallons of sewage annually since then. The two shoreside facilities in Red Brook Harbor were funded through an additional CVA Grant award & completed in 1996. Those, along with the shoreside facility at Taylor Point Marina, have also removed tens of thousands of gallons of sewage annually. Originally envisioned as a 3 year grant program, the Clean Vessel Act funding continues to this day, helping to keep our waters clean and avaialable for shellfishing & swimming.
As previously mentioned, shoreside facilites for all boats in Town waters are available at Taylor Point Marina at Cohasset Narrows (Buzzards Bay) and Kingman Yacht Center & Parker's Boat Yard in Red Brook Harbor (Cataumet). For boats that are in transit in other areas of Town, or for some reason can't make it to any of the shoreside facilities, we have two pumpout boats, one stationed north of Wings Neck and the other south of Wings Neck. During the heart of the Summer, from about mid-June through August, attempts are made to have both boats manned 7 days a week from 9 AM to 5PM, weather permitting. During other times of the boating season (May through mid-June & September through October) we still try to have at least one boat manned 8AM to 4PM on weekends and when possible (as manpower permits) on weekdays - It is usually best to schedule an appointment with the operator during this time of year. Both boats can be reached via Marine VHF Radio Channel 9. If you cannot reach them, they may be out of radio contact or otherwise indisposed. If, after several attemps over a period of time, you are unable to contact anyone, try calling the Monument Beach Marina at 508-759-3105, which is where one of our pumpout boats is stationed, to try to schedule the pumpout service. Please note that during the off season, before Memorial Day and after Labor Day, they may be busy with other duties, though we still try to provide full pumpout coverage on weekends.