Marine Sanitation/Swim Beach Program 

In 2003 Act 1774 established an inspection program within the Arkansas Department of Health.  Marine toilet wastes cannot be discharged on our impounded/non-navigable lakes.  If you operate a boat in Arkansas and the boat is equipped with permanently installed toilet facilities, the boat must have an approved US Coast Guard marine sanitation device.

The Arkansas Department of Health personnel will be inspecting all vessels that are equipped with permanently installed marine toilets to ensure compliance.  Vessels in compliance will be identified by a numbered decal after the approval inspection is made. There is NO CHARGE for the inspections, funding comes from Boater Registration Fees. 

The Arkansas Marine Sanitation Program monitors E.coli sampling on all swim beaches in Arkansas.  Site plans and sanitary surveys are performed on proposed swim beaches to determine site quality and safety.


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Environmental Health4815 W. Markham Street, Slot 46
Little Rock, AR 72205