DEEP: On the Water Recreation

On the Water Recreation - Boating, Fishing and Swimming

Boating, swimming and fishing, popular summer activities in Connecticut, all require clean and safe water.  Every person out on the water has a role in keeping our waters clean.

Boats and Marinas

Action Guide for Boaters (PDF) - Outlines important steps that every boater should  take to minimize the environmental impacts of boating.

Clean Boater Program - Encourages the state’s boaters to learn about and use clean boating techniques.

Connecticut's Clean Marina Program - Voluntary program that encourages inland and coastal marina operators to minimize pollution.

Clean Vessel Act Program / Pumpout Facilities Directory - Find a pumpout facility near you; Also contains information installing or upgrading marine sewage holding tank systems to be in compliance with the existing laws governing marine sanitation devices (MSDs). 

No Discharge Areas - A "No Discharge Area" is a designated body of water that prohibits the discharge of treated and untreated sewage from boats.


Fish Consumption Advisory - The Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) issues a yearly advisory for decreasing fish consumption when chemical levels are unsafe. Fish from Connecticut waters are a good low cost source of protein. Unfortunately, fish can take up (bio-accumulate) chemicals such as mercury and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) that may affect your family’s health.

Fishing Information


State Swimming Area Water Quality Report - DEEP conducts weekly indicator bacteria sampling at 22 state-owned and managed swimming areas during the summer in order to assess the sanitary quality of the bathing water.  

Aquatic Invasive Species

Aquatic Invasive Species - An increasing number of damaging aquatic species are invading the waters of Connecticut.  You can help prevent the spread of problem species by following some simple suggestions.