Newsroom Midwest Region

June 20, 2013


Kim Betton, 703-358-2081,
Joanna Gilkeson, 612-713-5170,

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Awards More Than $14 Million in Clean Vessel Act Grant

Funding supports clean waters and recreational boating

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, with over $900,000 going to the Service’s Midwest Region. The Midwest Region will receive awards in four of its eight states including Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, and Missouri.

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 Service Director Dan Ashe. “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.
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.

Projects Receiving Grants in the Service’s Midwest Region:

Indiana – $205,060 – The Indiana Department of Environmental Management plans to construct at least one coastal pumpout along Lake Michigan and one inland pumpout at Kent’s Harbor along Brookville Lake, and provide operations and maintenance assistance for existing pumpouts. They will also produce educational materials to raise boater awareness.

Michigan – $200,000 – The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will issue grants primarily for maintenance of existing pumpout facilities. They currently do not have any marinas that have requested funds for new construction, so they will focus their attention on making sure the existing marinas have operational pumpouts.  

Missouri –$48,000 – The Missouri Department of Conservation plans to use the funds to construct or replace pumpouts as marinas come forward with need during the year. They plan to complete the three projects with the funds. Marinas which receive CVA funds from MDC must include use of pumpouts in their marina contracts with boaters.

Ohio – $533,315 – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Watercraft plans to install one new pumpout and one floating restroom at the Cincinnati Transient Marina in Hamilton County along the Ohio River and to install one new pumpout facility at the West Harbor Marina in Ottawa County along Lake Erie. They will also continue their information and education program partnering with communities, non-profits, and other States. 

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