Through the Clean Vessel Act grant program, more than 1 million gallons of sewage is disposed of annually through pump out stations such as this one, resulting in cleaner waters and healthier aquatic ecosystems.
Photo Credit: USFWS
The Clean Vessel Act (CVA) program provides funding to state agencies for the construction, renovation, operation, and maintenance of pump-out stations and waste reception facilities to meet the needs of recreational boaters. States may also use CVA grant funds to provide information programs to the recreational boating public about environmental pollution and health problems whch result from direct sewage discharge into water and the location of pump-out and other waste reception facilities. States are encourages to partner with local governmnets, public marinas and others to deliver this program to the recreational boating public.
CVA grants are available through a nationally competitive process. The ranking criteria, identification of eligible activities and other regulatory requirements can be found at 50 CFR 85. Other governing guidance includes, The Clean Vessel Act of 1992, 43 CFR part 12, and the Service Manual 523 FW 1.
Funds for the CVA program are provided annually from the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund. Monies deposited into the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund are derived from excise taxes on fishing equipment, motorboat and small engine fuels, import duties, and interest on the fund. Two percent of the total amount in the Trust Fund, after administration costs are deducted, are directed to the CVA program.
Proposals from the states are usually due to the WSFR Program regional office in January of each year. When the Request for Proposal is announced it is posted on Grants.gov and may also be obtained from the WSFR Program regional CVA contact or State CVA Coordinator. A 25% match of non-Federal funds is required. Funds must be obligated within three years of the award.
Some typical CVA projects inlcude: pump-out systems for boat holding taks, portable pump-outs and pump-out boats, floating restrooms, installation of docks to hold pumpouts and information for marinas and boaters.
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Nearly $1 Million in CVA Grants Awarded in Southwest
In support of recreational boating and clean water, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service awarded $16.6 million in grants to 21 states under the Clean Vessel Act (CVA) program in July. Four of these grants, totaling $929,904, were awarded in the Southwest Region – one each in Arizona and Oklahoma and two in Texas. Arizona received an inland grant of $160,000. Oklahoma received an inland grant of $304,904. Texas was awarded two CVA grants; a coastal grant of $240,000 and an inland grant of $225,000.