Newsroom Midwest Region

June 12, 2012

Ashley Spratt, 612-713-5314
Julie Morin, 612-713-5156

Clean Vessel Act grant program keeps Midwest waterways clean for 20 years 

Father and daughter boating. Minnesota DNR photo.

Recreational boating is a major contributor to Midwest economies. Minnesota DNR photo.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) today announced more than $688,000 in federal funding to Midwest states under the Clean Vessel Act grant program, which this year celebrates 20 years of keeping waterways clean for recreational boaters. Federal funding will support the 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 in the states of Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin.

“Recreational boating is just one of many ways to spend time outdoors and contribute to local Midwest economies,” said Service Midwest Regional Director Tom Melius. “By working with state agency partners through the Clean Vessel Act grant program for the past 20 years, we have ensured our Midwest waterways remain a safe, healthy and enjoyable destination for recreational boaters.”

Grant awards for states in the Midwest include:

Indiana - $207,560 – The Indiana Department of Environmental Management plans to construct a coastal pumpout, inland pumpout, provide maintenance assistance for existing pumpouts, and produce educational materials to raise boater awareness.

Michigan - $100,000 – The Michigan Department of Natural Resources plans to utilize funding for maintenance of existing pumpout facilities.

Missouri - $48,000 – The Missouri Department of Conservation plans to construct or replace pumpouts at multiple marinas.

Ohio - $97,044 – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources plans to replace three pumpout facilities in their efforts to establish Ohio’s Lake Erie as a No Discharge Zone and a fourth on the Ohio River. They will also continue their information and education program partnering with communities, non-profits, and other states.

Wisconsin - $236,250 – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources plans to install one new pumpout station on the Mississippi River and several on the Great Lakes, and increase public awareness through radio and print ads, and educate and inform marina operators and boaters on pumpouts.

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.

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