Division of Harbors and Waterways
The Division of Harbors and Waterways oversees waterway operations for more than 153 miles of magnificent coastline, encompassing a water surface area of 272 square miles on both the North and South Shores within the Town of Brookhaven boundaries.
The Division of Harbors and Waterways employs Harbormasters and Bay Constables who are peace officers under New York State Law. They enforce New York State Navigation and Environmental Conservation Law, as well as Brookhaven Town Ordinances. Our Bay Constables and Harbormasters also maintain navigation aids in our waterways and respond to emergency calls in our bays, harbors, and areas in the Long Island Sound.
During the summer months, pump out boats are operated by the Town for use by boaters in our waterways, at no charge. Currently, these boats are located on the North Shore in both the Port Jefferson and Mount Sinai Harbors, and on the South Shore. In order to contact the pump out boats, you may use channel 73 or simply wave them down as they patrol the local marina. These boats primarily function Friday through Sunday, as well as on holidays. Additionally, Port Jefferson on the north shore and Sandspit Marina on the south shore have pumpout barges. For all other pump out needs, please visit one of our 24-hour self-serve stations. These self-serve stations can be found on the North Shore in Mount Sinai Harbor, located just East of Old Man’s Boat Yard, and in Port Jefferson Harbor, conveniently located at Danford's Marina. The self-serve stations on the South Shore are located at Corey Creek, Forge River, and Sands Pit Marina.
Furthermore; we ensure the safety of our waterways by deploying and maintaining a fleet of enforcement vessels and vehicles on the North and South Shores and all of our waterways. While boating, to reach one of our Bay Constables or Harbormasters, please use channel 16. Moreover, for all emergencies, use either radio channel 16, or call 911.
For non-emergency issues please call Headquarters at 631-473-3052. Please take the time to enjoy our waters and help keep our spectacular coastline safe and clean. If you see something, say something 631-473-3052.
“May you have the sun on your face and the wind in your sails.”