News Release

June 20, 2013

Service Awards More than $14 Million in Grants to Support Recreational Boating and Clean Waters

Media Contacts:
Kim Betton, (703) 358-2081
Laury Parramore, (703) 358-2541

More than $2 Million for projects in the Pacific Region
 
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announced today that more than $14.7 million will be awarded to 23 states under the Clean Vessel Act (CVA) grant program in 2013.  The State of Hawaii will receive $468,436 to construct two new pumpout facilities at the Ala Wai Small Boat Harbor and at Kewalo Basin in Honolulu.  Washington will receive $1,655,000 for construction of new pumpout facilities, both coastal and inland, and will replace aging units as well.
 
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.
 
 “Clean Vessel Act grants are essential to ensure clean water and healthy environments that allow for recreational boating opportunities,” said Pacific Regional Director, Robyn Thorson.  “The CVA program has a substantial economic impact on local communities, which is a win-win situation for conservation initiatives and businesses across America.”
 
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.
 
In addition to traditional on-dock pump outs, projects include pumpout boats that travel in designated harbors to make the sewage collection process more efficient and convenient. Some states also install floating restrooms in areas where boaters congregate and no restrooms are available.
 
 "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."
Projects awarded in the Pacific Region are as follows:
 
Hawaii - $468,436 – The State of Hawaii, Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation plans to construct two new pumpout facilities at Ala Wai Small Boat Harbor and one new pumpout at Kewalo Basin, Honolulu, Island of Oahu. This will increase the number of facilities available on the Island of Oahu by 50%. They will also replace existing pump-outs at Heeia Kea, Keehi and Waianae Small Boat Harbors on the island of Oahu; Nawiliwili Small Boat Harbor on the island of Kauai; and Lahaina Small Boat Harbor Public Loading Dock (North Face) on the island of Maui. The new peristaltic pumpouts will provide quicker pumpouts and will require less servicing. They will install remote monitoring devices on all new and replacement pump-outs. The State will couple construction with boater education.
 
Washington - Coastal $1,500,000, Inland $155,000 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission plans to continue to install new pumpout facilities and replace aging units throughout the State (including the use of updated telemetry equipment), placing particular emphasis on locations that are close to known commercial and recreational shellfish harvesting sites, areas of high recreational boater use such as marinas, launch sites near popular recreational fisheries, water sports areas, and population centers. WA is in the process of updating the 2001 statewide implementation plan and while specific locations for 2013 have not been identified, they will be using a new GIS tool which allows for targeting of areas of highest need throughout the state.
 
For more information on the 2013 grant awards made today visit:
 
http://wsfrprograms.fws.gov/Subpages/GrantPrograms/CVA/CVA2013Funding.pdf
 
For more information on the CVA program visit:
 
http://wsfrprograms.fws.gov/Subpages/GrantPrograms/CVA/CVA.htm