Pacific Southwest Region
California, Nevada and Klamath Basin

California Awarded More Than $2 Million In Clean Vessel Act Grants

Jun 20, 2013

Date: June 20, 2013
Contact: Pam Bierce, 916-414-6542,
Bart Prose, 916-978-6152,

Funding supports clean waters and recreational boating

SACRAMENTO-The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that California will receive more than $2 million in federal Clean Vessel Act (CVA) grants, part of more than $14.7 million awarded to 23 states under the CVA grant program in 2013.

“Clean Vessel Act grants are essential to ensure clean water and healthy environments that allow for recreational boating opportunities,” said Service Director Dan Ashe.  “The CVA program has a substantial economic impact on local communities, which is a win-win situation for conservation initiatives and businesses across America.” 

California Department of Boating and Waterways will received $2,079,000 to build, replace and maintain pump out or dump stations along the California coast and inland lakes.  Projects include 6 new or replacement pump out stations and 1 dump station along the coast; and 10 new floating restrooms, rehabilitation of 13 existing floating restrooms, 1 pump out/dump station, and 1 pump out boat at 10 lakes throughout the State. The new facilities will help meet the demand for adequate boater generated sewage collection facilities and help prevent the discharge of sewage into California waterways. In addition, a proposed education program will reach out to the millions of recreational boaters in California and educate them about the importance of not discharging sewage into the water.

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, public-benefit cycle that has led to the successes of the Sport Fish Restoration programs. States apply for CVA funding and they or their partners provide matching funds to complete projects. Sub-grantees often include local municipalities and private marinas. 

The first Clean Vessel Act awards were made in 1993. Since that time the Service’s Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program has awarded more than $200 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 pump outs.

"The Clean Vessel Act is a critical tool in helping the states to maintain clean and healthy waters for people and wildlife alike," said Assistant Director Hannibal Bolton of the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program. "The pump outs built through these funds ensure that clean drinking water, sustainable ecosystems, and healthy recreational areas will be accessible to the American people."
More information on the 2013 grant awards is available at:

For more information on the CVA program visit:
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