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August 25, 2011

Clean Vessel Act Grants Available

Federal grant funds are available for projects that will help improve boating sewage pump-out facilities in Vermont for boaters with onboard sewage holding tanks according to the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department.

“This is great news for anyone who cares about clean water and boating in Vermont,” said Mike Wichrowski who oversees the grant process for Vermont Fish and Wildlife. “Having more money for pump-out facilities makes it easier for boaters to do the right thing and have their on-board holding tanks pumped out and sent to a sewage treatment plant.”

The Clean Vessel Act (CVA) of 1994 was passed to help improve water quality by providing recreational boaters with a means to move sewage from their boats into treatment facilities. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reviews grant proposals and provided funding for CVA projects. Approved projects are given funding for up to 75 percent of the total cost of the project.

In Vermont, typical project proposals are from marinas that want to construct or upgrade pump-out facilities to assist boaters in properly disposing sewage. Eligible projects that can receive federal funding include the construction, renovation, operation, and maintenance of pump-outs and dump stations used by boaters. The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department administers the CVA grant program for Vermont.

Anyone interested in applying for these funds is encouraged to act quickly to fill out an application form describing how their project will address the goals of the Clean Vessel Act. Information and grant applications are available at The deadline to apply is November 1, 2011.

Source: Department of Fish and Wildlife
Last Updated at: August 25, 2011 13:16:16