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Pumpout Service during COVID-19

Our pumpout service is up and running again. This service was temporarily suspended while we addressed the safety of our staff and the boating public. We have learned that the Coronavirus may be transmitted through aerosolized sewage emitted from our vessel tank vent. COVID-19 can be transmitted through sewerage systems. SARS, a similar coronavirus, has been detected in untreated sewage for up to 2 to 14 days.

Please see the attached Update on Pumpout Protocols during Covid-19 HERE.

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Seeking Input on Dias Landing Study

Feasibility Study for a Marina/Docking Facility at the Arthur F. Dias Town Landing in Dartmouth, MA

The Dartmouth Waterways Management Commission is in the preliminary stages of a proposal to expand the usage of the Arthur F. Dias Landing site through the establishment of a small boat marina.  The scope of the marina has not yet been determined—it could range from an expansion of the existing pier for dinghy dockage to a new structure hosting up to approximately 25 shallow-draft vessels of up to 25’ length.
The Urban Harbors Institute from UMass Boston (who worked with the Town to develop the Padanaram Harbor Management Plan adopted by the Town in June of 2019) has been contracted to conduct a feasibility study for the proposed expanded usage.  This will involve an assessment of public and user group interest in such an expansion; financial, regulatory, environmental, and public access aspects; and overall management of the facility.

As part of the initial planning process, the Town is seeking the public’s input.  We invite you to provide your thoughts by taking this short (5-10 minute) survey.  Please share this survey with others who might also be interested in submitting their comments.


The public engagement process for community planning normally features public meetings, which—due to public health concerns—are not possible at this time.  We hope everyone will take this opportunity to provide their initial views now through this survey and then join us at meetings to be scheduled when conditions allow.

For further information about this survey or other aspects regarding the Feasibility Study, please contact: Allison Novelly at or visit