Pacific Southwest Region
California, Nevada and Klamath Basin

Clean Vessel Act Grants Help California and Nevada Keep Waters Clean

May 10, 2010

Contact:

Erica Szlosek (916) 978-6159

Clean Vessel Act Grants Help California and Nevada Keep Waters Clean

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Regional Director Ren Lohoefener announced today that California and Nevada will be awarded funds under the Clean Vessel Act grant program in 2010. The grants will be used to fund the construction and installation of sewage pumpout facilities and floating restrooms, to purchase pumpout boats and to provide educational programs for recreational boaters. 

Nationwide, $12.8 million will be distributed this year.

Funding for this program comes from the Sport Fishing and Boating Trust Fund, formerly known as the Aquatic Resources Trust Fund, which is supported by excise taxes levied on certain fishing and boating equipment and boat fuels.

Local awards:

California: $2,462,451 – The California Department of Boating and Waterways plans to construct, install, upgrade and/or renovate four coastal pumpouts and one coastal dump station facility. They will also purchase one pumpout boat for use along the coast and propose to install nine floating restrooms and two pumpouts or dump stations along inland waterways. The funds will also support operation and maintenance for all coastal and inland pumpout/dump stations and pumpout boats.

Nevada: $ 39,242 – The State of Nevada plans to repair and upgrade existing sewage pumpout and waste reception facilities in the Hemenway Harbor area of Lake Mead. 

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