More than $14 million awarded under Clean Vessel Act

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A total of $14.6 million will be awarded to 28 states this year under the Clean Vessel Act grant program.

The grants will be used to fund the construction and installation of sewage pumpout facilities and floating restrooms, to purchase pumpout boats and provide educational programs for recreational boaters.

“Clean Vessel Act funds support construction of facilities in communities that depend on recreational boating for their economy, and depend on clean water for their health,” Department of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said in a statement. “These grants provide immediate funding for construction of infrastructure that will provide lasting value for recreational boaters, and everyone who relies on clean waters.”

Administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the grants are paid for with money from the Sport Fishing and Boating Trust Fund, formerly known as the Aquatic Resources Trust Fund, which is supported by excise taxes levied on certain fishing and boating equipment and boat fuels.

“These Clean Vessel Act grants will help the states maintain clean and healthy waters for people and wildlife,” U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Acting Director Rowan Gould said in a statement. “Sewage pumpouts may not be the most glamorous conservation tool, but their presence can have an immediate and clear impact on the well-being of aquatic resources and recreational waterways that provide drinking water to millions of Americans.”

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One comment on “More than $14 million awarded under Clean Vessel Act

  1. Russ Dodge

    As a ten-year employee of the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife whose job is promoting the Clean Vessel Act, I am proud of the role we have played during that time to help improve habitat for fish and shellfish. 
     The impact of continual and persistent sewage dumping in estuarine waters, back bays, and other ecologically sensitive waters destroyed opportunities to harvest finfish and shellfish in these waters. 
    Thanks in great part to the number of pumpout stations and pumpout boats that have come on line during the ten years I have been with Fish and Wildlife, we see many species of fish, crustaceans and molluscs now thriving in once what was essentailly a “dead” zone.  The declaration of “no discharge” areas was also important to the comeback. 
     Even treated waste is not good for the health of the “critters” we are charged with protecting.  Those toxic chemicals used to treat the waste have their own set of  environmental problems.
     Russ Dodge
    Information Specialist, NJ Division of Fish & Wildlife
    856-785-2711
     
     

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