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Keep Our Waters Clean

Keep Our Waters Clean is a program that helps educate boaters and recreationalists about clean and safe boating habits, including the use of pumpouts and restrooms.

The program is sponsored by local water providers, cities and counties in the Sacramento region and is made possible by partnerships with marinas, boat stores and educational outlets along the Sacramento and American rivers.


Lakes and rivers are a source of drinking water for millions of Californians.

To help protect drinking water sources, boaters should always use restrooms, pumpout facilities and properly recycle used oil and dirty bilge water.

Human waste contains viruses and bacteria that can make people sick and harm fish and aquatic life.

Bilge oil from boats and personal watercraft can harm valuable aquatic life and the environment.


A sanitary pumpout is a facility found at many local marinas that is used to remove wastewater from your boat's holding tank.

Always use a pumpout to empty your holding tank, even if you have a Type I or II Marine Sanitation Device (MSD).


About 90 percent of the oil in waterways comes from boat bilges, outboard motors, poor fueling procedures, urban runoff and improper disposal of used oil products.

Here are some ways you can help prevent this pollution:

  • Use drip pans and absorbent pads when draining oil from bilges
  • Keep engines well-tuned, regularly check for leaks and change oil filters often
  • Place oil absorbents in the bilge area and recycle or properly dispose of the used absorbent at a certified oil disposal facility
  • Keep bilges clean, maintained and do not use detergents while cleaning
  • Don't mix used oil with other substances
  • Before pumping the bilge use oil/water separators or absorbents to remove the oil from the bilge water
  • Remove oily bilge water at a bilge water pumpout station



If you have any questions or would like to request materials, email or call 916-808-5454.


California State Parks | County of Sacramento - Department of Regional Parks, Recreation, and Open Space | CSUS Aquatic Center | Effie Yeaw Nature Center | Nimbus Fish Hatchery | The Sacramento Museum of History, Science, Space and Technology


Carmichael Water District | City of Folsom | City of Roseville | City of Sacramento| City of West Sacramento | County of Sacramento, Department of Water Resources | Folsom State Prison | Sacramento Area Sewer District | East Bay Municipal Utility District | Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District | Sacramento Suburban Water District | San Juan Water District


Adventure Mountain Sports

American Marine Sports

American River Raft Rentals

Barry Paulsen's Boat Center

Boarders Paradise

Brothers Boats (Folsom)

Brothers Boats (South Sacramento)

Bucks Outboard Repair Inc.

C&C Marine

Chip's Marine Services

Classic Marine

Cope & McPhetres Marine

Dan's Prop Shop

Kevins Quality Marine

Larson Marine

Marine Center

Max Harrison’s Marine Center

Morrison Marine

River Rat Raft & Bike Rental

Sacramento River Marine

Shipwreck Marine

The Raft Store

Ultimate Water Sports

Water Ski World

West Marine (Rocklin)

West Marine (Sacramento)

West Marine Express (Broadway)


Alamar Marina

Cliff's Marina

Freeport Marina

Metro Marina

Rio Ramaza Marina

Riverbank Marina

Sacramento Marina

Sacramento Yacht Club

Stan's Yolo Marina

Verona Village River Resort