What We Do
The Clean Vessel Act (CVA) program provides funding to state boating agencies for the construction, renovation, operation, and maintenance of pump-out stations and waste reception facilities to meet the needs of recreational boaters.
States also use CVA grant funds to provide educational information to the public about environmental pollution and health problems that result from direct sewage discharge into water and the location of pump-out and other waste reception facilities.
State boating agencies partner with local governments, public marinas and others to deliver this program to the recreational boating public, supported by the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration program.
The Clean Vessel Act grant program provides and protects:
- The health and safety of our waterways
- Sensitive fish habitat
- Shellfish beds that are important economically and environmentally
- Safe fishing and swimming areas free of pollution from recreational boats
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. Of the funds deposited in the Trust Fund 4% are used to support the BIG program and Clean Vessel Act Program. State boating agencies must provide at least 25 percent of the grant project's costs.