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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 27, 2011

Contact:
Ashley Spratt
612-713-5314
Ashley_spratt@fws.gov

Julie Morin
612-713-5156
Julie_morin@fws.gov

USFWS and Clean Vessel Act Keep Midwest Waterways Clean for Recreational Boaters


U.S.  Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) Sport Fish Restoration program recently awarded more than $670,000 in federal funds to support clean waterway projects in Indiana, Michigan, Missouri and Ohio in 2011. The Clean Vessel Act (CVA) grant program, established in 1993, 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, and, to provide educational programs for recreational boaters.

“The future of sport fishing and recreational boating is dependent on the health of our waterways,” said U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Midwest Regional Director Tom Melius. “The Sport Fish Restoration program is a user-pay user-benefit grant program that benefits not only recreational boaters and anglers, but also improves our drinking water and habitat for our aquatic resources.”

A listing of grant awards for states in the Midwest include:

Indiana - $113,162 - The Indiana Department of Environmental Management plans to increase the number of pumpout stations at selected inland marinas, resulting in a reduction in illegal dumping, and, encourage marinas to increase public awareness about the importance of acceptable sewage disposal.

Michigan - $100,000 – The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment plans to issue subgrants to local governments and private marina operators for the purchase of pumpout and waste reception facilities at ports along the Great Lakes.

Missouri - $48,000 - The Missouri Department of Conservation plans to provide pumpout facilities at as many as three marinas.  The facilities will provide services on Missouri's large lakes or major rivers.  All pumpout facilities will be located at privately owned marinas or State park marinas open to the general public.

Ohio - $412,748 – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources plans to update the statewide comprehensive facilities database, develop a plan to educate the public and the boating community on the existence, locations, and use of pumpout stations and waste reception facilities, and the need for proper disposal of marine waste generated on recreational vessels.

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.

In addition to traditional on-dock pumpouts, projects include pumpout boats that travel in designated harbors to make the sewage collection process more efficient and convenient. Some States also have begun installing floating restrooms in areas where boaters congregate and no restrooms are available.

For more information on the 2011 grant awards 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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The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov.

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Last updated: November 4, 2013