Help improve California's water quality along coastal waterways and marinas.
Every day is a good day to manage your boat's sewage the ocean-minded way.
The Honey Pot Day program helps improve California's coastal water quality by educating Southern California recreational boaters in
Marina del Rey,
Port of Los Angeles,
Port of Long Beach
about proper sewage waste disposal and offers participants one free mobile boat-to-boat sewage pumpout via a voucher coupon code redeemable with a local mobile pumpout company.
Honey Pot Day is now closed.
Honey Pot Day was established in 2009 to reduce the levels of bacteria in local harbors. The goals of the Honey Pot program are to
educate boaters about the negative effects of raw sewage in our local waterways.
inform boaters about the convenient options available to properly dispose of raw sewage.
encourage recreational boaters to properly dispose of their waste
What's up with boat sewage?
California is one of the nation's most popular boating states, with nearly 4,000,000 recreational boaters. California's large population, municipal, agricultural, environmental, and recreational users place severe demands on the state's water resources. Protecting water quality is essential and in everyone's best interest!
The Clean Vessel Act (1992) identifies vessel sewage discharges as "a substantial contributor to localized degradation of water quality in the United States." When recreational boaters fail to dispose of boat sewage properly they contribute immensely to the degradation of water quality, adversely affecting the marine environment and increasing risks to human health. Raw or poorly treated sewage can lower oxygen levels in the water which leads to fish kills, contaminates shellfish beds, and spreads disease.
Although it is illegal to discharge raw sewage into the territorial waters of the U.S., some continue to dump overboard. Even one boater's discharge can have a significant impact on water quality due to the concentration of pollutants; just one flush of untreated vessel sewage produces the same amount of bacterial pollution as that of 10,000 persons whose sewage passes through a treatment plant.
To reduce the detrimental impacts of discharging sewage overboard, all boaters are encouraged to use sewage management facilities such as pumpout stations, dump stations, compostable toilets, and mobile boat-to-boat pumpout services. Properly disposing of boat sewage makes a difference in water quality and protects the big blue playground we all enjoy!