Digest of Federal Resource Laws of Interest to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Clean Vessel Act of 1992

(33U.S.C. 1322, 106 Stat 5039)

This Act, Clean Vessel Act of 1992, Subtitle V(F) of P.L. 102-587, signed November 4, 1992, established a five-year recreational boater sewage disposal program and amends the Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act (Wallop-Breaux Act; 16 U.S.C. 777) to allow the Secretary of Interior to issue grants to coastal and inland States for pumpout stations and waste reception facilities to dispose of recreational boater sewage.

The Act directs the Secretary of the Interior to provide grants to States to pay for the construction, renovation, operation, and maintenance of pumpout stations and waste reception facilities. Requires each coastal State to conduct a survey to determine the number and location of all operational pumpout facilities and the number of recreational vessels in the area with certain marine sanitation devices (Type III) or portable toilets. Requires coastal States to develop and submit a plan for the construction and/or renovation of pumpout stations and waste reception facilities within the coastal zone of the State. Requires the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere to publish charts indicating the locations of pumpout and waste reception facilities. Allows the Secretary of the Interior to issue grants to inland States which demonstrate a need for pumpout stations and waste reception devices.

The original Clean Vessel Act provided for the following funds to be paid out of the Sport Fish Restoration Account for the grant program: $5 million for Fiscal Year 1993, $7.5 million for each of Fiscal Years 1994 and 1995, and $10 million for each of Fiscal Years 1996 and 1997.

Public Law 105-178, (112 Stat. 485) Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century, signed into law on June 9, 1998, reauthorized the program for $10 million starting with fiscal year 1999 through fiscal year 2003 (the general authorization of appropriation time for TEA for 21st Century).

Public Law 109-59, the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act of 2005, reauthorized the Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration Act through 2009 and made changes in the ways in which annual appropriations are distributed. Among these changes, the Sport Fish Restoration Account was renamed to the Sport Fish Restoration Trust Fund, and the distribution of these funds for projects under the Clean Vessel Act was amended. Under this law, 2 percent of the Sport Fish Restoration Trust Fund is allocated to DOI for qualified projects under the Clean Vessel Act of 1992.

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