BOATER EDUCATION PROGRAM
In order to encourage boaters to dispose of sewage properly, VDH partners with Ferrum
College and Hampton Roads Sanitation District to conduct outreach in the Smith Mountain Lake and Hampton Roads area, respectively. The Marina Program hires summer interns in both regions to visit marinas and offer free pump-out service to boaters. The interns pass out literature that stress the importance of disposing boat sewage properly. In addition to the handouts, the interns will also empty the contents of the sewage holding tanks at no charge.
Both education programs now have access to a pump-out boat. The Tidewater area has been very successful in providing pump-out service by water for the last several summers. The pump-out boat is primarily used during festivals and on holidays when the demand for service is expected to be greater than usual. Both pump-out boats were partially funded through the Clean Vessel Act and are staffed by the student interns.
The months of February, March, and April afford the opportunity to reach hundreds of boaters and marina operators by participating in regional boat shows. VDH personnel are available to answer any questions boaters may have regarding the proper disposal of vessel sewage and any inquiries about the states regulations concerning onshore sanitary facilities at marinas. VDH also provides updated lists of pump-out and dump station facilities throughout the state on these occasions.