After a successful fundraising campaign this past Spring, Environmental Protection in the Caribbean (EPIC) has announced that a pumpout boat, which will pump sewage out of boats and properly dispose of it, will be arriving later this year.
The pump and tank will soon be installed on a skiff and then shipped to St. Maarten. However, the boat has not yet been named. EPIC encourages the public to get creative and submit potential names by visiting them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/epicislands. Once on the site, participants can enter their answer and see names suggested by others. Suggestions can also be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org . Entries will be accepted through November 10.
The pumpout project aims to reduce sewage wastewater entering the Simpson Bay Lagoon and surrounding waters as part of a broader Love the Lagoon protection and restoration program. Funds for the pump were provided by CA Technologies while additional funds for the boat, storage tank, and other items were donated by Island Global Yachting, Port de Plaisance, Wired Sailor, and community members. EPIC would like to thanks all those who have made this project possible.