Nicholas Throckmorton, 703/358-2235
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director H. Dale Hall announced that more than $13.6 million in grants funding will be awarded to 27 states under the Clean Vessel Act grant program in 2008. The grants will be used to fund the construction and installation of sewage pumpout facilities and floating restrooms, to purchase pumpout boats and for educational programs for recreational boaters.
"As an avid boater, I know the importance of keeping America's waterways healthy and safe for people and wildlife," said Director Hall. "The Clean Vessel Act grants are a key part of our efforts to have safe and clean water."
Since the program?s inception in the early 1990s, the program has awarded nearly $150 million to states to install thousands of sewage pumpout stations. In addition, many states now rely upon mobile sewage pumpout boats to make the sewage collection process more efficient and convenient. Several states have begun installing floating restrooms and pumpout stations in high use areas of lakes and coastal locations.
Funding for the CVA program (Code of Federal Domestic Grants number 15.616) comes from the Sport Fishing and Boating Trust Fund, formerly known as the Aquatic Resources Trust Fund, which is supported by excise taxes on certain fishing and boating equipment and boat fuels.
The grant awards include:
Alabama: The Alabama Department of Environmental Management will receive $294,945 to install ten sewage pumpout stations throughout the state in inland and coastal waters.
Arkansas: The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will receive $199,150 to purchase three sewage pumpout boats and install twelve sewage pumpout stations and provide funds for the operations, maintenance, repair and rehabilitation of existing sewage pumpout stations as needed.
California: The California Department of Boating and Waterways will receive $2,230,500 to install thirteen sewage pumpout stations, purchase one sewage pumpout boat and one sewage pumpout barge and to install up to eleven floating restrooms throughout the state in coastal and inland waters.
Connecticut: The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection will receive $977,520 to install two sewage pumpout stations, purchase two sewage pumpout boats, and to provide more than $600,000 in operation and maintenance funds for existing sewage pumpout boats and facilities throughout the state's coastal waters.
Florida: The Florida Department of Environmental Protection will receive $3,540,848 to fund more than 95 pumpout projects, including sewage pumpout stations, floating restrooms and pumpout boats for inland and coastal waters.
Idaho: The Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation will receive $74,070 to renovate approximately five existing sewage pumpout stations and one floating restroom throughout the state.
Illinois: The Illinois Department of Natural Resources will receive $100,000 to install up to five sewage pumpout stations throughout the state dependent upon the requests and needs of the state's marina operators.
Indiana: The Indiana Department of Environmental Management will receive $177,444 to install up to eight sewage pumpout stations throughout the state and to continue efforts to inform boaters about the importance of proper disposal of sewage.
Kentucky: The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will receive $164,958 to install one floating restroom and four sewage pumpout stations for use at marinas along the Ohio River, Lake Cumberland, Taylorsville Lake and Dale Hollow Lake.
Maryland: The Maryland Department of Natural Resources will receive $654,000 to build seventeen new sewage pumpout facilities and replace twelve existing stations. In addition, the state will provide operation and maintenance funding for sewage pumpout facilities at 175 marinas statewide.
Massachusetts: The Division of Marine Fisheries will receive $310,811 to install nine new or replacement sewage pumpout facilities, purchase two sewage pumpout boats and to provide operation and maintenance funding for existing sewage pumpout boats and facilities throughout the state?s coastal waters.
Minnesota: The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will receive $149,034 to install three sewage pumpout stations at marinas throughout the state.
Mississippi: The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources will receive $174,000 to install nine sewage pumpout facilities throughout the state in its coastal and inland waters. Many of these facilities will be used to replace equipment that was damaged or destroyed by hurricanes.
Missouri: The Missouri Department of Conservation will receive $48,000 to install new or replacement sewage pumpout facilities at three to four marinas in the state's waters as needed.
New Mexico: The New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department will receive $170,200 to install a floating restroom for Elephant Butte Lake and to purchase a sewage pumpout boat to maintain the facility and install a boat pumpout station on Conchas Lake.
New York: The New York Department of Environmental Conservation will receive $1,227,100 to purchase six stationary pumpout units and six sewage pumpout boats and to install two floating restrooms throughout the states inland and coastal waters. In addition, the state plans to provide operation and maintenance funds for existing facilities.
North Carolina: The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources will receive $251,440 to install 15 new sewage pumpout facilities throughout the state's coastal waters.
North Dakota: The North Dakota Game and Fish Department will receive $10,376 to install a sewage pumpout station along the Missouri River to address the increasing demand for facilities along this popular waterway.
Ohio: The Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Watercraft will receive $260,325 to install sewage pumpout facilities at six locations throughout the state.
Oklahoma: The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality will receive $163,450 to install sewage pumpout stations at Lake Texoma. In addition, the state plans to purchase a sewage pumpout boat and to install a floating restroom at Lake Eufala.
Oregon: The Oregon State Marine Board will receive $1,111,650 to purchase and install sewage pumpout stations and floating restrooms for its coastal and inland waters throughout the state. The agency also plans to provide funding for the operation and maintenance of existing facilities.
South Dakota: The South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks will receive $34,707 to install a permanent sewage pumpout station at the Spring Creek Recreation Area on Lake Oahe.
Tennessee: The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will receive $600,000 to renovate or install eighteen sewage pumpout stations throughout the state.
Texas: The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will receive $356,250 to install twenty sewage pumpout stations for inland waters.
Vermont: The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife will receive $25,442 to upgrade existing sewage pumpout stations at two facilities and to install new facilities at another location.
Washington: The Washington State Parks and Recreation Department will receive $220,000 to provide operation and maintenance funding for up to 110 marinas throughout the state's coastal and inland waters.
Wisconsin: The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will receive $105,000 to install new sewage pumpout stations at several marinas on the state's Great Lakes? and inland waters.
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