Pacific Southwest Region
California, Nevada and Klamath Basin

Clean Water? Yes, Thanks to Clean Vessel Act Grants…

Apr 21, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 21, 2011

Contacts:   
Erica Szlosek (916) 978-6159

Clean Water? Yes, Thanks to Clean Vessel Act Grants…

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that $1.5 million will be awarded to the California Department of Boating and Waterways under the Clean Vessel Act (CVA) grant program in 2011.  Nevada’s Department of Wildlife will receive $103,346.

The first Clean Vessel Act awards were made in 1993 and since then the Service’s Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program has awarded more than $187 million to States for projects funding construction, replacement, renovation, and maintenance of facilities that assist recreational boaters in properly disposing of on-board septic waste.  The program also provides information and education on the importance, benefits, and availability of pumpouts.

Funds for the CVA program are provided annually from the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust fund.  These funds are derived through the collection of fishing tackle manufacturer excise taxes and boat and fishing import duties as well as motorboat and small engine fuel taxes.  The program supports the user-pay, user-benefit cycle that has led to the successes of the Sport Fish Restoration programs. States apply for CVA funding and their partners provide matching funds to complete projects. Sub-grantees often include local municipalities and private marinas. 

The two projects in the Pacific Southwest Region of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are:

California:  The California Department of Boating and Waterways plans to construct, install, upgrade and/or renovate ten floating restrooms, one pumpout station, and one pumpout boat for use at six inland lakes visited by over 679,000 boaters each year.  The lakes where facilities will be installed include Lake Shasta, Lake Casitas, Sonoma Lake, Lake Clementine, Lake Elsinore, and Lake Berryessa.  The agency will support operation and maintenance for pumpout/dump stations, floating restrooms, and pumpout boats.  The agency will also continue its educational program to inform boaters about the importance of proper sewage disposal.

Nevada: The State of Nevada’s Department of Wildlife plans to purchase one new private pumpout boat and one private replacement dockside pumpout station for a high use, environmentally sensitive, popular boating destination, Callville Bay Marina, enhance the web site with map based pumpout locations on Lake Mead, provide pumpout information to Nevada marinas on Lake Mead about the benefits and use of pumpouts. 

For more information on the 2011 grant awards made today visit: 
http://wsfrprograms.fws.gov/Subpages/GrantPrograms/CVA/CVA2011Funding.pdf.

For more information on the CVA program visit:
http://wsfrprograms.fws.gov/Subpages/GrantPrograms/CVA/CVA.htm

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